Turkey Tracks: March 30, 2019
Pillows, Pillows, Pillows!
Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild has TWO challenges going this year that rotate every other month: our “Bee Inspired,” where we make blocks for a member that illustrate her creative prompt (mine is “shapes” and asks for bright, solid colors) and making something using Anna Graham’s HANDMADE STYLE book for inspiration. Anna Graham (Noodlehead patterns and web site) has all kinds of projects in her book, like quilts, clothing, bags and clutches of all sorts, and, yes, pillows.
I needed some pillows for my living room as my couch and chairs are deep. I started with twolong narrow pillow with the flying teal geese and followed with an EXPLOSION of pillows that perked up both the living room and the downstairs room that gets heavy use as that is where the tv lives.
There are 2 of the flying geese pillows (see earlier blog post), 3 of the pillow on the left (Sarah Watt’s canvas Tokyo Train Ride Cotton+Steel fabric, which I fell in love with at first sight and have hoarded for a few years now), 1 of the Radiating Log Cabin (3rd block from Tara Faughnan in The Color Collective class I’m taking from Sewtopia), and 1 each of the two pillows on the right from a fun Japanese fabric (Tréfle, KOKKA CO, Ltd). I will make two more, one will be my trail of the 4th Color Collective block, a Lone Star block. (I’ve always been terrified of Lone Stars.) And one from the insert of an existing pillow that is worn out that will likely go into the downstairs bedroom.
The big pillows are 20 inches, the smaller Japanese one is about 18 inches. All are lined with muslin and batting and quilted on both sides (except for the flying geese pillows, which are lined, but not quilted). All have invisible zipper closures on the bottom.
These three pillows just “sparkle up” the downstairs, which was looking quite shabby.
The Radiating Log Cabin wants to live here.
But the choice of the center color makes more sense next to this pillow:
Oh well, that’s why one does trial blocks.
Very sparkly pillows upstairs in the living room.
I’m working hard on the “parts department” blocks that are on my design wall. That is coming slowly, slowly, but it is coming. Meanwhile there are other smaller projects as well, like trying the Lone Star block. It’s all creative, fun, and life-giving.