Posts Tagged ‘decorative pillow’

My original idea for this pillow was to emulate this jacket I made years ago. The jacket face design was appliquéd using woven apparel and quilting fabrics. For the pillow I decided to try felt, but I had planned on emulating the colors and sewing. Felt doesn’t come in a wide array of colors so I had to change my plans. Anyway, that was over a year ago and the stack of felt and the pattern sketch have been gathering dust ever since.

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A few of months ago I started working on the pattern again. And I decided I wanted to try a more freehand style stitching rather than appliqué. I’m drawn to the freehand styles but they are so outside of what I feel I am good at or how I like to sew. I like accuracy and perfection. Once I decided on this change, the project sat for another month or so, because, well, I was afraid. I know, ridiculous, but there it is. In the meantime, to boost my confidence, I did a lot of “research”, studying examples of freehand stitching, trying to memorize or learn the technique.

Finally I just sat down and did it. At first I was so nervous, then, suddenly, I was having FUN! I was shocked by how much fun I was having. I actually giggled as I stitched haphazardly outside the “lines.” What an unexpected delight! I didn’t want to finish, I was having so much fun!… And so here is Pillow #26, with all its purposeful imperfections…

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You could probably conclude a lot of things about me from this pillow, and you’d probably be right. It’s funny, even to me, how often the way I sew is the way I do my life. I guess that’s why they say art emulates reality.

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Baby’s napping. Never know how long she’ll sleep… My son’s been wanting a fuzzy purple pillow… I have had the instructions for “The Ten-Minute Pillow” for, I don’t know, 7 years or more, so today seems like a good time to put them to the test…

Ready…

Set…

Go!

4:13-4:16 Measure and cut the fabric (3 minutes)

4:17-4:22 Hem the short ends (including the time to change the needle and thread) (5 minutes)

4:27-4:36 Measure the overlap and underlap. (Realize in straying from the original instructions of making a 12×12 pillow, I’ve missed something and mine is too wide for the 14×14 pillow form I plan to use. I re-measure overlap and underlap, pin and serge. The serger gets hung up on the thick layers so I re-sew on my sewing machine.) (9 minutes)

4:37-4:38 Turn right side out and insert pillow form. Done! (1 minute)

Total: 18 minutes (but if you take away 8 minutes for my overlap/underlap mishap, I’m about at 10 minutes)

AND…. another happy customer! (Probably my happiest EVER!)

Try The Ten-Minute Pillow yourself and let me know how long it takes you. Here are the instructions, courtesy of Claire Schaefer and the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.

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I was born and brought up in Utah and so feel some pride in the talented people right here in my home state. Here’s a collection of Christmas decor from fellow Utah artisans – I just had to show off. Heehee… Enjoy!

‘Christmas Time in Utah’ by jpcountrymarket

Facts & Trivia: 1) Utah was aquired by the US in 1848 in the treaty ending the Mexican war. 2) The Federal goverment owns 65% of the states land.Let’s do a little Christmas shopping and decorating.


Christmas wood blocks- Belie…

$23.00

Rustic Christmas Tree

$17.50

Holly Berry Christmas Pillow…

$35.00

ON SALE Christmas Decoration…

$12.00

Do not open til christmas co…

$14.99

Toddler baby Neckties You pi…

$12.00

A Cupcake Christmas Handmade…

$38.97

Christmas Art PRINT (8 x 10 …

$16.00

Christmas Striped Cupcake Ho…

$3.50

tiered tree centerpiece 12in

$5.99

Red Christmas Gift Box with …

$3.50

Simple Wooden Nativity Set …

$7.99

DIY Humongous Funky Star Chr…

$4.00

CHRISTMAS burlap centerpiece…

$55.00

Vintage Periwinkle Blue Glas…

$12.00

CYBER MONDAY SALE Christmas …

$120.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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‘Burgundy ‘ by sewstacy

Rich fall color!


Bronze Merlot Glass Pearl Ea…

$9.99

Vibrant Handmade Stoneware P…

$40.00

DYNAMIC ,Burgundy Canvas,Sho…

$32.00

Real Touch Fall Bridal Bouqu…

$115.00

Poster – Where There is Love…

$20.00

1950’s Vintage Radio / M…

$85.00

Writhing Sea Men’s Octop…

$28.00

My Paris Notebook – A Premiu…

$54.00

Leaves and Berries Scrabble …

$8.95

Oil Painting on Canvas Half …

$400.00

iPhone 4 Case Mulligatawny M…

$40.00

Burgundy Cotton Dress or Ski…

$35.00

Ring . Ruby . Sterling Silve…

$55.00

Mobius twist scarf, crochete…

$35.00

Blood Red Genuine Ostrich Le…

$55.00

Shabby chic decorative pillo…

$38.50

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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‘Red Eye in July’ by ljbminis2021

There’s more to July than red, white and BLUE


Damask Black White Apple Red…

$27.00

Midnight Baroque Earrings……

$30.00

lady in red

$45.00

All My Heart Damask and Appl…

$79.95

FLOWERS and BUTTERFLIES—Wa…

$55.00

Black & White Damask and Red…

$25.00

Decorative silk pillow – Red…

$43.50

Andie Dress

$99.00

Romantic Black Garden Rose P…

$39.00

Red Bird Throw Pillow Cushio…

$24.00

Damask with Red Car Seat Cov…

$60.00

Damask Monogram Pocket Mirro…

$3.50

Damask Black and White Guest…

$42.00

Tibet Silver Handmade Rose W…

$1.99

Damask Picture Frame with Re…

$35.00

Red Black Birds Damask Brida…

$14.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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‘Red Hot’ by thewinesnob

Red. It’s a hot color.


Disturbance by Bryan Dubreui…

$159.00

Purity Red Butterfly tile r…

$3.60

LA POMME VALENTINE Red W Bic…

$69.74

Mug Large Randy’s Red

$20.00

Rustic Red Birdhouse, Farmho…

$25.00

Repurposed Red Outdoor Spigo…

$

Red Chalkboard Shelf, Cottag…

$50.00

Agapanthus – Women Backstage…

$16.00

Bikes Got Back – Fixed gear …

$18.00

Red and Copper Beaded Charm …

$18.00

XcessRize Designs CAMERA Bag…

$74.99

The Raw Canvas Gallery – RED…

$65.00

Decorative silk pillow cover…

$43.50

One 3.5 Ounce Strawberry Loo…

$

Cuff Bracelet Polymer Clay M…

$15.00

Recycled Stone Brewery OLD G…

$27.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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This week I have felt worn out and drained and if I didn’t have the fabric already chosen for this week’s pillow… uh, yeah, wouldn’t have happened.

A simple pillow cover, this week’s is made from recycled discontinued home decorative fabric swatches again. The front is a dark chocolate-brown chenille type fabric with light teal highlights – very soft and yummy and soothing. The backing is a milk chocolate-brown microsuede. Soft yumminess all around…

Pretty basic, but unwittingly, I chose really comforting fabrics weeks in advance and just what I needed to keep me on my year-long creative journey during this challenging week.

(BTW, this is a 16×16 pillow cover made with Contemporary Home and Textile Trends discontinued fabrics.)

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