Showing posts with label patchwork. Show all posts
Showing posts with label patchwork. Show all posts

Friday, April 17, 2015

Modern Spring Patchwork Pillow & Pet Project Show #16

Today was the perfect opportunity to make a
quickie project I've been longing for. I
wanted to try out my new Ditch Stitch
foot that Beth at Cooking Up Quilts had
recommended for the Janome machines.
I'd had it a week already, and never
even opened it up.

I started with a very simple layout of 2.5" squares.
I scoured my scraps, and also the fabric lying around
I'm using for my QST quilt. The green is a Schott
cotton that I can't keep enough of. I thought the 
colors reminded me so much of spring, but 
actually these wouldn't be what I would 
typically call spring colors. Then I looked back 
at the photos I'd been taking over the past few
days while out walking the Doxies.

Early rhubarb

This variety of daffodil almost glows.

This plain, little daffodil is my favorite 
out of all of them.

Many years ago when I was first married, I drove
far out in the country to our farm, and dug these
up beside an old foundation in a pasture. It
was a stagecoach stop at one time. The flower
may be plain compared to today's varieties,
but I think of all the people who gazed on
the flower from that bulb from the 1800's on.
I just love that!

The Ditch Stitch foot fit on my regular shank, and 
was easy to use. I wasn't sure if it would work 
equally well if the seams were pressed to one side 
or open, so I took the extra time to press them
open. I wasn't too careful while stitching, and it 
seemed to be far easier to stay in the ditch
than while just using a walking foot. 

It's always interesting to see what the tension on
the back looks like for me. I probably should have
adjusted it a little, but this was going to be
inside the pillow so no harm done.

The quilted top by itself turned out looking just a 
bit plain. I thought maybe a ruffled edging, but it
was too fru-fru. I liked the idea of a cross between
a ruffle and piping, and worked this out. I starched
my strip well before sewing, and left the cording
inside to give it body and weight.

 I think it feels modern, yet feminine. I finished it
off with a full width zipper, and a flap to hide it.

That's a true Friday finish, and now the
green grass is calling me to give it
the first cutting.

 Pan is watching over my garden,
and begging me to come weed it out.

Just as soon as I brew up some peppermint
tea, my friend. What a springtime treat!

Be sure to stop back for the link up
tomorrow with the Pet Project Show.
Each person who links up is automatically
given an extra chance for the Giveaway at 
the end of the month.

And a reminder to all, if you'd like to enter
the free drawing on May 2nd for this sweet 
pillow, the details are all in the link below.
You have until April 30th.

Variable Star within a Star Pillow

The drawing is open to everyone so
check out the details, and send me an email.
If you are a No-Reply at Blogger, be sure to
include your email so I can contact you.

Linking up today with~

Come on, Doxie Girls.
Let's enjoy the sunshine.

It's Saturday, and time for the weekly 

Pink Doxies 

Pet Project Show. 

Pet Project Show

Add your link here every Saturday. 


Do we have to have rules? 

No worries! It's EASY.

1. Use the blue 'Add Your Link' button (below left) 
to upload a picture of something you've created 
in the past week. Any kind of handiwork--
share it now! It can be a work in progress, 
finally finished, or even your fab new fabric. 
Whatever it is that inspired you to create this 
week, we'd like to see it here. 

2. Please link to a specific post, and not just your 
blog address. It makes it easy for anyone following 
your link to find the project.

3. Provide a backlink to Pink Doxies with a link in 
your post, or pick up our Pet Project Show 
button in the sidebar. Copy the code, then 
create a Pet Show widget with 'Add by HTML' 
on your Layout page.


1. You can link up to your Instagram. 
Click on the Instagram icon at the bottom 
of the link up screen. The URL of your Instagram 
feed will be your link. 
Please hashtag #pinkdoxiespetproject

Either way you link up, remember it's a party 

here, so schmooze with the crowd! Visit others 
who've linked up. Leave a comment so they 
know what you like about their work. 

Don't miss a post! 
Follow me on Bloglovin' or by email. 

The Linky Party starts now, and runs until 
Monday, April 20th at midnight. 
Spread the word, and tell all your stitchy friends.

*The first Saturday party of each month will 
feature several of the Doxies and my 
favorite link ups.
By linking up, you are giving permission for me 
to post your picture with a link back to your 
blog or Instagram account. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Patch, Donate, Rebuild

Do you have some fabric that you really love? You know, you take it out and look at it, pet it, and decide not to cut into it. It's your favorite, or one of. I have several I've been loving, and not ready to part with in a quilt. This is one, and I needed just a little patch on my jeans where I snagged the knee at the barn. Torn jeans just don't cut it for me, so I parted with a few inches, and made a cute patch. It's raggedy like the boyfriend jeans, functional, and I can enjoy the print. Because my tear had straight edges, I did my best to zigzag them together. Then with your quilt fabric, cut a rectangle, make a tube right sides out, iron it flat with the seam in back, blanket stitch the edges, and hand sew on. The original patchwork. Come spring, I may change it out for something brighter.