Friday, October 9, 2009

Pillow Talk

Today I can finally show you all a pillow I have made. My beautiful cousin and her lovely new husband will receive it this afternoon. This project just flowed from me... well... except the fringe. I made the front/top and quilted it before I went to their wedding in July but I couldn't find any trim to match and it needed trim. Our tiny town has lost it's fabric store and now the nearest one is 45 minutes away. They do have a nice selection of fringe and lace there but nothing seemed right. I did finally find a light green fringe that matched, I hope it complements the color of my cousin's living room walls.

I have to mention an amazing quilter named Tonya. Her blog Lazy Gal Quilting has been an incredible learning tool for me. She has taught me how to be "free" with my quilt blocks. Tonya's free pieced letters have changed everything I thought about quilting... I thought it had to be perfect. Her improvisational approach is just my thing. I have a tough time following other peoples patterns and I want all my projects to feel like my ideas. Several months ago Tonya was asking her readers to send her free pieced quilt blocks using four letter words that were happy, like hope and love, using bright fabrics. I joined her group of quilters and made two word blocks "Free" and "Luck". Here is the free block, I guess I sent the luck block off without taking a photo first... bummer.
Those two blocks were a challenge and a joy so I made more, lots more... Once I finished this pillow I started making more word blocks, but that is another project that hasn't been mailed off yet so you'll have to wait.

Here is a look at the back.


Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Whee, I'm so glad you found my blog too! what a great pillow - you did a great job.

Land of shimp said...

That is a lovely pillow, and such a nice keepsake to commemorate a wedding. Let's face it, most gifts given for a wedding have to do with the life lived afterward.

Every time I pull out an ice cream maker we received, I don't think, "Ah, I remember our wedding!" Instead I think, "Yum. Ice Cream." which isn't a bad feeling, at all ;-)

But it is a very special thing when you can give someone you care about something that will harken back to the actual day :-)

Well done!

Jo said...

That pillow is wonderful. What a thoughtful gift. It's something they will keep forever. I love the back of it too. You're very talented. :-)

Jennifer D said...

Tonya- thanks for the comment, your blog has meant so much to me.

Shimp- Your right, I hadn't thought about it that way.

Jo- Thanks for the praise. Your blog is one of my favorites. I love your view on things.

Autumn Twig said...

wow these look so good :) you're very creative

Gypsy Quilter said...

It sure looks like you had great fun. Tonya's ideas are quite inspiring!