Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fidget Quilt #4

As you can tell, if you've been reading about the fidget quilts that I've been making (#1 here, #2 here, and #3 here) I have been churning them out!  I've already begun working on four more and will bring a set of ten to the nursing home for their Alzheimer's patients.

I wanted to add lots of color to this one.  I started with two leftover bow tie blocks that were a bit dull, so I dug in my basket of shiny fabrics and found a shiny red sateen.  I intended to add the red borders to all four sides, but that made it too long.

I added a couple of pockets of beads on the edges and decided to add a little ruched flower to the center of one bow tie.  I still need to rip out the white thread.  I didn't trust my ruching skills since it's been a long time since I've used this technique.  I chose to sew the flower in white thread first because it's easier to see for picking out, which I knew I'd have to do.  I've already sewn the flower down in red, so all that's left is removing the white.

I played with the quilting.  I wanted to practice that flower in the upper right corner and then played with hearts that use little stitching lines between each heart.  As you can see, I have some more practicing to do.  

All in all, I'm okay with this little quilt.  I think there's enough texture for tactile discovery and the shiny red adds some visual dimension.   Have you been inspired to make a couple of these little fidget quilt?  

Linking up on Friday with
Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts 
Fabric Frenzy Friday for Fourth Worth Fabric Studio

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pin It Weekly #111

I know, I have a thing for pillows.  I love making them, tossing them on the window seat, and (especially) designing them.  
Red Decorative Throw Pillows | Pretty Throw Pillows | Colorful vibrant feathers throw pillow
I really enjoy finding fun pillows on Pinterest, so I thought I'd share a few of my favorites.  You can find almost 400 more on my "pillow, party" board.
Christian Faith Pillows | Pretty Throw Pillows
Red Decorative Throw Pillows | Pretty Throw Pillows | Red Home Sweet Home Typography pillow #decorativethrowpillows #redthrowpillows
Yellow Throw Pillows | Pretty Throw Pillows | Yellow and black art deco monogram throw pillow
Quilted Pillow

Inspiration File: Embellished Throw Pillow Tutorial {with video}

Round Pleated Pillow Tutorial - Melly Sews - Get the look of a hand-smocked pleated pillow in much less time!
You are my Sunshine my only Sunshine Yellow Back Pillows

Nate pillow | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss: Dog Silhouette Pillow How-To & a Little Confession / Фото #5 - Cross Stitch Collection 210 июнь 2012 - tymannost

TUFFET PATTERN  Fusible printed interfacing with 8-page instructions booklet by Tuffetsource


quilted pillow

Red Patchwork Quilted Pillow with Wonky Circles. $150.00, via Etsy.

Since I'm obsessed, maybe a little, I've made a few pillows as well. Those are on my "PILLOW SHOW" board.  But this board doesn't have nearly as many pillows.       

Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: Immaculate Conception Eve
customer pillow from 2010
Made for my niece, Riley.  Pattern available at
for my niece
My little elephant family...a momma and baby!  18" X 18"
the most recent--elephant pillow

See why I'm crazy for pillows?  Which is your favorite? 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Modern Monday: Erika's block

Remember that I've joined another quilt bee?  One in which each month we make a quilt block for the queen?  Well, this month Erika is the queen and this is her block.

I started out with these fabrics, but I added a few more once I began working on the block.  The light plaid and the darker blue both are cheaper fabrics that, once I opened them, decided could not go in. That meant I needed even more fabrics.

Since I've made quite a few Dresden plates, I thought I'd whip this up in no time.  One problem--Dresdens are round!  I remembered that after I'd cut out most of the pieces.  Oops!

So I cut a few more...bigger and longer this time,


 and stuck them in where the corners might need to be.

And there we have it! Corners and all! 

I like.  How about you?