Monday, November 15, 2010

Bug Pillows. Without the Bugs.

Okay, there are a few bugs.

Remember this fabric? I needed to make some pillows out of it for Miss E.'s preschool. Well, it's in there. On one of them, anyway. Someplace.

Pillow No. 1: I pulled a bunch of fabric in colors that coordinated with the bugs. And what do you know, I love the color combination—and I'm not sure I would have come up with it without that hideous bug print for inspiration.

I actually would have liked to make this pillow out of hexagons—it goes with the bug theme after all. But I didn't want to take the time to handpiece them. I want to try hexagon paper-piecing sometime soon, but this was not the project for that. I just wanted to bang this one out.

Pillow No. 2: Instead of using the bugs again, I couldn't resist those Oddysea charms (which were still sitting out after I changed my mind about using them for the That Girl Quilt Along). The school is on Lake Michigan, so the fish theme was appropriate.

I quilted it in random wavy lines, inspired by that blue print in the upper left, and I was really happy with this quilting. My biggest problem with free-motion is that my stitch length is horribly inconsistent. But I was able to do these wavy lines with my walking foot, thus eliminating that problem. I think I'll have to do a whole quilt like this one of these days.


Leila said...

I love those pillows! Playful, cheerful and not overwhelmingly bug-ish. :)

Leslie said...

i love the wavy lines with the fish pillow!! these look great

Elizabeth D. said...

I really dig the way the wavy lines look, I haven't tried that before. And I love the colors you picked to go with the slightly horrid bug fabric. You definitely made it work (I feel like Tim Gunn saying that)!

Melanie said...

Great job on the pillows! I love the quilting on the second pillow. I, too, have a problem with consistency when it comes to FMQ, so using the walking foot is a good alernative. I might have to "borrow" that idea from you!

QuiltyGirl said...

I'm actually headed up to see my BFF this week in Milwaukee, maybe that's close to you! She just moved there-any tips on the best fabric shops?

I love the wave quilting. I used that quilting on a queen size mendocino for my daughter's big girl bed. I quilted it on a frame, though, so my stitches aren't super consistent. I still love it, though! (I also made a lot of my lines cross, which resulted in a pretty cool texture and pattern!)
You can see it here if you want:

Great job on the pillows!

Staci said...

Great pillows! I love the wavy quilting.

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

The bugs never looked so good!! Awesome pillows Lee. : )

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