Monday, November 18, 2013

Imagine Circle Swap

Imagine Circle Swap

Some of the ladies in our do.Good Stitches circle decided to do a swap for fun and to try to get to know each other a little better. One of the items that my partner requested was a pillow so of course that is what I chose. I love making pillow covers. It is so fun to do a block or technique that you've been wanting to try, but don't really want to commit to a larger project. Plus, I'm a big fan of functional projects and who can't use a few more pillows in their life?


I think that paper-pieced blocks are great for pillows. They make such striking designs but are fairly time-consuming so I'm not really tempted to make a quilt with them. The blocks I used are called Star Jumps and were a part of the Desperate Housewives series by Quilt Jane. The pillow finishes at about 16".


I had a bit of a fail while making the back for the pillow, though. I had a FQ of this lovely print and knew it would be perfect for the back. I cut the two panels I needed, only to realize that I had cut them a little too large.  So I just whacked some off and hemmed. I didn't realize my mistake until I went to pin them to the front and couldn't line up the pattern. So, hopefully the mismatched design won't annoy her too much! 

I have seen some awesome projects on IG and Flickr that the other ladies in my circle are making, so I can't wait to see what ends up in my mailbox!

8 comments:

  1. I love those paper-pieced stars, Toni! Great pillow.

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  2. Great job on the pillow, Toni! I love paper piecing, and this one is fabulous!

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  3. It's awesome Toni! Love the notting hill backing. :)

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  4. Oh wow - a really really gorgeous pillow!!!

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  5. Love this, and I'm totally with you on the paper piecing for cushions lol

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  6. Gorgeous pillow! Great job on the paper piecing!

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  7. Your partner will be too busy loving the front to notice the back!

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  8. This is so striking! Nicely done.

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