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!


  1. this is just such an adorable pillow Jamie. Love how that pretty patchwork compliments your beautiful embroidery. Love your quilting, too. It's perfect for this pillow.

  2. beautiful! Thanks for showing how you used the design, it looks great.

  3. Very cute pillow. Your round quilting turned out great. And thanks for the link to Christina's blog. I'm just getting started in FMQ, and I think I can learn a lot from her.

  4. What a delightful post! Your embroidery is perfect as a pillow! And you do have the knack for putting fabrics together! And a knack for loopy quilting! You did a great job! Congrats on the wins too- the Calliope looks wonderful. I look forward to seeing what you make from it!

  5. Your pillow is so cute. Love the quilting.
    Congratulations on your wins.

  6. The cushion is so beautiful! The patchwork showcases the embroidery so well and the quilting looks fab! Congratulations on the wins :) xx

  7. Ha ha,sometimes the kindergartener has to win! This pillow turned out so beautifully,love how you used all the sweet little scrap squares to frame the embroidery. Congrats on the wins,looking forward to seeing what projects you use them in.

  8. The pillow looks fantastic and I LOVE the quilting you did on it.

    I'm glad that you were able to enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving. You deserved it!

    Nice wins, Jamie!

  9. Your gorgeous stichery looks wonderful made into a pillow. It's just looks soooo huggable!!

  10. Such a beautiful pillow - just perfect :-) And I love the quilting too - will have to give that a go.


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