Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wild & Free Pillows {a finished project}

My oldest daughter was lucky enough to have a student teacher for the first part of the school year.  What better way to say thank you than matching pillows for her teachers?


I used the new line of fabric Wild & Free by Maureen Cracknell (+ a few scraps).  I always thought the arrows would be my favorite print from the line, but once I saw it in person, Sun Tracks was clearly my fave!  I bought extra after getting my preordered fat quarter bundle, and used it for the backs of these pillows.


I also quilted each pillow differently.  For one I did cross-hatching, simply for the reason that the spool of thread on my machine was nearly out and I thought maybe I could eke out an entire quilted pillow from it (I couldn’t). 


There is just something about straight lines that makes my heart swoon when I see them on pillows! 


Quilting always seems to show up better on the back.

Then I quilted the other with a free motion pattern so they were the same but still different.  Also I was a bit tired from all the straight lines.  FMQ is so fast!


The quilting pattern blends in a lot of with all the different fabrics on the front.


The teachers liked the pillows and I got a message from one later that night informing me her 16 year old daughter already claimed it for her bedroom. 

I promised that this would be the end of pillows for a while, but I was wrong.  I already started another with the leftovers from this project and some scraps that have already overtaken my sewing room and are threatening to take over my house…


Have a wonderful weekend!  Linking up with Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, December 8, 2014

unicorns and rainbows {another pillow!}

My daughters had two birthday parties to attend this weekend (in addition to all the regular holiday hoopla which was crazy)  so last week I thought it would be a fun idea to make each birthday girl a unicorn & rainbow pillow.  Of course I wasn’t organized enough to take a pic of the first pillow, but the second one, which is virtually identical to the first, I clicked a pic of minutes before leaving for the party.


Now if you think the pillow looks uber-stuffed, you would be correct.  I ran into Joanns with the kids last week one day after school and hurriedly grabbed some pillow forms for upcoming gifts.  I guess instead of 12” pillow insertsI picked up 14”.  Luckily they fit in the 12” covers just barely!

The quilting turned out nicely on both pillows.  I took a photo from the wrong side before adding the envelope back because the design shows up much better that way.


One of the fabrics I used for the back says “Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn.”  That’s something I would have loved to read over and over again when I was a kid.


The fabric is called Unicorns and Rainbows by Riley Blake.  You can still find the fabric available online.


Hope you had a fun (and not too crazy) weekend!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Let the gift giving begin! {a finished pillow}


Last week I received a package of fabric from Hawthorne Threads from a giveaway I won.  In addition to the fabric prize, the lovely people there sent me samples of two of their in-house lines of fabric, Fair Isle and Bengal.  The little pieces of Fair Isle were just begging to be made into a pillow!


The fabric features cuddly polar bears and the cutest smiling narwhals!


My favorite print is the sleds.  The color is more peachy than pink, not normally a color I’d be drawn to.  But I love the combination of blues, peach, and grays.  The cool palette made me think this pillow would look fantastic on my friend’s white leather couch.

prince on a pillow

Apparently her cat, Prince (who has his own Instagram account) liked the pillow too!  Speaking of Instagram, I finally joined and you can find me as @beacraftygirl.

I also tried something new making this pillow.  Instead of binding it, I used my serger so there are no raw edges.  Maybe no binding gives it a more modern look?  Honestly, I was just looking to finish it quickly, but threading the serger after several months of no use proved to be more time consuming than making and attaching binding!


Most Christmases I give handmade gifts, but I am never organized enough to complete a project with enough time to photograph and blog about it.  Hopefullly 2014 will be different!


Last week I also received my Wild & Free and Priory Square preordered fabric.  I love it so much I cut into it the very next day, and then I ordered more of each line because I never want to run out.  Don’t deny it…I know some of you probably do the same thing!!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014



I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Ours was nice and relaxing because my mom hosted this year.  The food and company were great, and it was even better that I didn’t have to cook or clean anything!

Esther’s pillow is finished.  Originally I wanted to turn the embroidery, designed by Sarah Jane, into a wallhanging for her bedroom, but she was adamant that she wanted a pillow.  Of course the kindergartner won that argument!


Lately I’ve been on a sewing-room-organizing-kick, so I was able to use my shoebox of 2.5” squares to fill in around the embroidery to make the pillow 18” x 18” square.  It couldn’t get any easier than that!  I feel like I’m getting the hang of picking fabric.  I auditioned a lot of squares, and like the final result.  Circles are Esther’s favorite shape (“because they are round”) so I tried to use lots of little prints with circles.

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Then I saw this AMAZING (and easy!) free motion quilt tutorial on Christina’s blog “A Few Scraps.”  If you’ve never checked out her blog and you are interested in free motion designs, you have to take a look at the video tutorials she’s posted.  Spoiler Alert:  my quilting looks nowhere near as good as Christina’s!


Even though my quilting isn’t perfect, it was fun to try this new design and Esther loves the extra circles.  Win-win!

I did an easy envelope back using Denyse Schmidt’s line Piccadilly.  This medallion print feels so bright and ornate for something designed by Denyse Schmidt.  LOVE!


Not only was I blessed with a wonderful Thanksgiving, I also won two giveaways this past week!  A huge THANK YOU to Fat Quarter Shop for the Bella Naptime Solids fat quarter bundle and Hawthorne Threads for a fat quarter bundle of their exclusive new line Calliope.


I hope you’re enjoying the weekend and maybe some turkey leftovers and time to sew!