Friday, February 28, 2014

Pillows - a finish Friday

Hooray, it is Friday!  I have a fun finish to share with you today; one that has been a long time coming.  My pillow shams!

finished shams

These are meant to go with the commission quilt I finished before the holidays.  I promised some shams made out of the scraps, but as usual when I finished quilting the quilt, I just couldn't bear looking at the same fabrics any more.  I've noticed this to be true with nearly every large project I make.  I think it has something to do with how long it takes me to quilt with my domestic machine.  Smaller projects don't have the same repulsion factor.  In fact most of them, I can't wait to start on another one just like the one I just finished.  Oh, I am getting off the subject, back to the pillows.

finished shams

While listening to Amy's podcast "Quiltcast" (this is Amy from Amy's Creative Side, btw), she mentioned a series she was planning called the Pillow Collective, and I thought what better time to get those pillows out and finish them up.  She also nearly convinced me to get out my glue stick and do a zipper closure on these, but in the end my laziness won out.  I didn't have any zippers in the appropriate size and a trip to the fabric store was clearly not in my best interest (read here about my epic fail on the fabric diet).  So, I just did the usual overlapping "envelope??" backing.  Maybe next time, Amy.

finished pillow sham

I do enjoy making pillows.  I like that it gives you a chance to try out something without committing to a whole quilt.  In this case, there is no way I would have paper pieced this many rectangles from scraps, OR free-motion quilted all those little feathers on a queen sized quilt.  Two shams was just enough for me to feel like I did something special without driving me totally insane.

Perhaps there is more pillow-making in my future.

finished shams

Note to self, get some nice big zippers next time I fail my diet.

Thanks for reading today,

Jen

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18 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous!!!
    I just love your FMQ feathers -- beautiful job!

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  2. I like this idea! They are very pretty.

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  3. these are so pretty and the FMQ is gorgeous!

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  4. Wow the quilting on these pillows is lovely.

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  5. Perfection, love the colors and the quilting especially!
    Time for a click on Zipit!

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  6. Great cushions Jen, wonderful quilting too!

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  7. These are beautiful, and I LOVE the quilting (and the fabric, and the design). I really should make more pillows. I recently did some calculations and I figure I am going on more than 50 hours with the current (king size) quilt I'm working on (which I started in 2012). I think I know what you mean about needing a little instant gratification. :)

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  8. These are lovely! And gorgeous quilting :)

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  9. I love the colours you have used.

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  10. The quilting is fantastic! Thanks for linking up.

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  11. I really love the colours/fabrics - super job!

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  12. These are fab! I adore your quilting.

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  13. I do like how they turned out. Enjoy them.

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  14. Very pretty! I like the way you quilted them.

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  15. You do your quilting on a domestic machine, amazing and beautiful.

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  16. Pretty Pillows. Love the quilting on them.

    Jodi

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  17. I quite understand, I quite often put UFOs away as I can't bear the fabric anymore, after a while it matures and I remember why I loved it!

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