Thursday, December 16, 2010

I {heart} pillows

Are you looking for my giveaway day post?  It's right over here...

It's official.  After the Pillow Talk {Swap}, I now love making pillows.  I haven't received my pillow in the swap yet, though I have a few guesses as to which might be for me, so I was itching to have a new pillow on my couch this weekend.  Somehow, I found myself making a trio of holiday pillows.  I just couldn't stop!  I suspect I'll be making them all the time now.  I am already planning to make one for my mother's birthday in February - a dresden plate in yellows, because she loves sun faces, and I think this will remind her of a sun face.  So rather than hand stitching the binding to my Urban Lattice quilt along and That Girl quilt along quilts, so I did pillows instead - perfect for way faster gratification!

Speaking of dresdens, I made my first one in this trio of holiday pillows.  It's miles from perfect, but I learned a lot while doing this.  I used a couple of different tutorials, but the one that was most helpful was Elizabeth Hartman's from Sew Mama Sew.  I wish I'd done a solid for the center, but all in all, I really enjoyed making a dresden.  It's a great way to use up scraps or charm packs!  It sounds like we might be doing one next month in my bee, with Amy Butler's new collection, to boot.  I can't wait!

And I also made a scrappy Christmas tree pillow, thanks to Kati's super awesome tute.  I adore this pillow.  I'm so glad I got over my fear of paper piecing, because I am really loving the things I'm assembling that way. Thank you, Kati, for sharing the details on your pillow, it's been one of my favorites from the Pillow Talk {Swap}!

For my final pillow, I went super duper simple.  I absolutely adore this Alexander Henry print that I found at my LQS.   It's quite possibly the best Christmas fabric I've seen.  It's from a small collection called Merry Moderns, and I just love the old time-y feel it has.  Feels like a vintage newspaper ad.  This is quite possibly my favorite holiday pillow of all, even though the others required far more work and such, I just love this fabric so very much.  Fortunately, I've got plenty more to use next year.  I'm strongly considering busting out my Christmas stash in July and doing some holiday sewing then.  Maybe I'll even do a linky party...hmm....

And speaking of linkies, don't forget...I'm going to be hosting a linky next Monday, December 20th.  I'm going to be sharing my ideas for sewing and quilting next year, and I'd love to see you guys do the same and join in the fun!   Share concepts, inspiration, stacks of fabric, lists, whatever you like.  I adore lists, they make me happy, so I can't wait to see what you all are planning for next year.  :)


  1. I love the pillows and that vintage fabric! I am going to have to hunt some down.

  2. I love your pillows! So festive and cute. I finished two more last night and I'm ready to be done. Although I love the way they look, I've made six in the last couple weeks and have one more to go before Christmas. I am ready to have a little pillow break. On the other hand, I haven't made a quilt since October and am ITCHING to get quilting!

  3. Sweet!! I bought a ton of the Merry Modern fabric just two weeks ago and I haven't had a chance to make anything yet. A Christmas in July party sounds perfect!

  4. OMG. Sorry to sound like a 12 year old girl, but those pillows are amazing. Popped into my Google Reader to relive the writing tension and your pillows have worked! Now I've got to find some of that Merry Modern fabric myself.

  5. What fun pillows! How are you going to put them away after Christmas? I can't wait to see your Urban Lattice quilt all finished up!

  6. They turned out so cute. I love the combo. Love them!

  7. I am having serious pillow envy...these are so cute! I ran out of time this year for Christmas pillows, so if you decide to have a little Christmas in July party I'm in!

  8. Love the pillows! Oh and who doesn't love a good linky party :)

  9. I absolutely love the tree pillow! It's so cute! I can't wait to see what you get from the swap!

  10. Those pillows are so cute! I love them all. You make me want to stop what I'm doing and make Christmas pillows. : )

    Can't wait for the linky!

  11. OHh dear heart..your pillow with the nostalgic christmas scene..most certainly a your creations...

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  13. Totally love how you used the merry moderns! I may just have to steal that idea!


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