Ohio Star Blocks

Chosen fabrics for pillow front.

Chosen fabrics for pillow front.

Today I’m working on a custom order for some pillows.  My mom and dad are getting their house ready to sell, and they have neutralized all of the paint in their house (a.k.a. no color on the walls).  I was visiting them a couple of weeks ago, and helped them paint.  While I was there my mom mentioned that she needed to make some new pillows for her living room couch.  She asked what colors I would recommend, and I suggested green and magenta because she had a photo of a flower with those colors in it and a lovely Austrian vase with similar tones.  I was going to help her pick some fabrics while I was there, but we just ran out of time.  So when I got home, I called her and told her that I would love to make some pillows for her.  I already have some pillow forms from Ikea (20″ square) and as you know, I have a lot of fabric.  She took me up on my offer, so I got to work.

It took me a little while to decide what pattern to use for the main block.  I chose the Ohio Star block pattern from Amy @ Stitchery Dickory Docks’ BOM Craftsy class last year.  I love the flower fabric, it is so vibrant and lovely, and I knew that it would be perfect for the center square of the block.  I fussy cut the flowers from the fabric to showcase the pop of magenta.  I matched the magenta color for the hour-glass blocks.  I combined the magenta cotton with a white linen.  I love the contrast of the two fabrics.  

Ohio Stars

Ohio Stars

Once the Ohio Star blocks were done, I used a thin border of a lime green cotton to outline the blocks and bring in the green from the flowers.  Then, I chose a darker khaki fabric for the sashing, but I wasn’t in love with the solid color, so I decided to break it up with some more fussy cut flowers from the main floral fabric.  It is finished off with a border of white, which I will also use for the back envelope opening.  (That’s not finished yet!)  Here is the finished pillow front.  I am trying to decide whether to add some thin batting behind the cover and do a little quilting before attaching the back.  Check back tomorrow for a look at the final pillows! 

Pillow #1

Pillow #1

Pillow #2

Pillow #2

Happy Crafting!

 

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Hexis, Field Study, and Lilies

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I’ve been working on lots of projects lately. I can’t say that I’m getting anything finished, but I am making progress. I used some of my new fabric for this super cute hexi flower. They are 3/4″ hexis and I have plans to join them with a flour sack towel or two.

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A few weeks ago Craftsy was having a sale on charm packs so I got two of AMH’s Field Study line. I knew I wanted to do big pieces to show off the patterns, and these 2.5″ hexis will do them justice. I think I’ll mix them with some solids to make them pop. I’m thinking maybe black for a background.

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Finally here is my last little bit to share. I’ve been working on this lily sampler for…ever. It might take me for…ever more to finish but I’m slowly making progress that medallion in the center is killing me. That lily is stitched 1 over 1 on 28 count fabric. I think I need a microscope.

Well I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek. I hope you all have a great week!

Hugs,
Erica

Getting Ready For Paper Piecing

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Tonight I’m busy cutting out the template for my sugar block club tomorrow. We will be paper piecing and making a North Star block. Have any of you ever made this block? I am looking forward to it. This will be my inaugural attempt at paper piecing. It looks pretty easy to get the hang of.
I’ve seen a lot of complaints lately while I was researching info on paper piecing. A lot of people think its wasteful both with paper and fabric. This block’s instructions came with cutting info too. I believe that this is to limit waste. As far as the paper is concerned, I don’t mind using some paper to make a beautiful block or a few.
I have no idea which fabrics I’m going to use but it will be gorgeous no doubt. I’ll take more pics tomorrow so check back to see my progress. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Hugs,
E