Quilted pillows

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They are finished! I attached the envelope opening backs on these and stuffed them with their pillow forms. These are 20″ pillow covers. They are removable and washable. I love the way they turned out. The stars really pop and the green border adds the perfect touch of color.
I will be delivering these lovelies to my mom and dad in a week and a half, when we join them to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Tomorrow I am flying to Florida to join my best friend on a cross country trip as she moves back to Colorado. Stay tuned for some updates along the way. Savannah, the Biltmore, Chicago! It should be good times.
Here’s a final look at the back of the pillows. I added a bit of trim on the envelope opening edge using that gorgeous floral fabric.

Happy Friday (tomorrow)!
E

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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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Cocktail (wreath) Anyone?

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I love summer. The sunshine, the beach or pool, the green grass… I could go on and on, but one thing’s for sure, summer makes me smile.
A smile is something many of my fellow Coloradans could use lately. I have been so saddened by the devastation of the recent wildfire in Black Forest. It has impacted so many people, some I know well and some I’ve never met. It brings back the feeling of hopelessness that I felt a year ago with the Waldo Canyon fire also in Colorado Springs, which also impacted so many friends and family.
So as I continue to help any way I can and say extra prayers at night for those affected, I needed to do a little something to brighten my outlook. I saw this wreath idea on Pinterest many months ago and instantly knew I had to make one for the summer. So I started with a foam wreath form.

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I also picked up a bunch of cocktail umbrellas from a great import store in Portland called Cargo, when I was there over my spring beak visiting my little sis. I bought four containers and only used two for my wreath.

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Then I just opened the umbrellas and cut off about one inch from the end of each “toothpick” handle. Then I pushed them into the wreath form, making sure to overlap the umbrellas. I also had a glue gun handy to help secure a few loose umbrellas. Once I covered the entire form, I went back through and pushed in some more opened umbrellas to make it a bit more three dimensional.

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The final wreath turned out great! Also don’t forget to add a ribbon to hang the wreath from. I added my pink ribbon right before I put in my last few umbrellas. I also didn’t cover the back of the form because I didn’t want it to stick out too mug from my door. I don’t have a good pic of the wreath on the door because the lighting is so bad, none of my pics turned out but here it is again before it was hung. I love it! Just the right amount of brightness and sunshine I needed this week!

Hugs,
Erica

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Swoon!

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It’s been pretty crazy around here for a while. The end of my teaching year. A stressful search for a new teaching position. Interviews and second interviews. Lots of waiting. Even a trip to visit my parents.
I am happy to share that I found a wonderful, welcoming new school to work at in a new district here in Denver. I am looking forward to my new school year in August.
I am also happy to be able to spend some time crafting and reading and relaxing. So I started cutting into my stash to make this quilt. It’s called Swoon and it is from Camille Roskelly of Thimble Blossoms.

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I also got this fun book from Camille that she just released, Simply Retro. It is really fabulous. I’ll share more later, but just know she takes retro blocks and makes some lovely modern quilts with them.

More to come…

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My First Madelinetosh Project

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So, as you may know, I am a newbie crocheter.  I took my first crochet lesson back in February.  Since then, I have definitely found, yet another, crafting addiction.  I love how portable crochet is!  Today in my class my students are winding down the year by watching The Hobbit and identifying elements of the archetypal hero’s journey from the storyline.  I brought my crochet with me today, so that I could work on it while my students watch the movie over the next three days.  I haven’t had a chance to actually crochet at all because I’ve been busy removing everything from my classroom walls and packing up my teaching stuff, but I do plan to use a little of my planning time to decompress and crochet.

The project I’m working on right now is a cowl (and up until about a week ago, I could have still worn it here in Denver! – It’s been unseasonably cold recently).  I’m using that gorgeous yellow Madelinetosh thread I wrote about a few weeks ago.  I picked it up while on vacation in Portland at KnitPurl.  Love that store!!  It was very inspirational perusing all of the beautiful fiber in their store.  Now I also want to learn to knit!  I will be taking a class sometime this summer.   This is my first foray with Madelinetosh, and I can understand the cult following with this fiber.  My local shop seems to sell out all…the…time!  It is soft and so easy to work with!  Love.  I also have some more Madelinetosh from the same trip but in a darker, eggplant variegated color.

How about you quilters out there?  Any fiber favorites?  Since I’m new to the game, I would love some suggestions.  I recently bought some of these fun little Bonbons.  They are from Lion Brand, and I got them at JoAnn’s.  I am such a sucker for cute little colorful things!!  Aren’t they so adorable?  I have been using them to practice making crochet flowers.  Lion Brand has 6 different color assortments.  I have the “Celebrate” and “Party”, both are metallic (sparkly!  another one of my vices).  But next up on my list are the “Beach” colors.  Such great colors – not sparkly though.

I hope you are all looking forward to the long Memorial Day weekend.  I have no set plans, and I am really excited about that!  My goal is to get comfy somewhere in the sun and read my book and do some crafting!  Sounds dreamy doesn’t it?

Bonbons

7 More Days

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve been on here.  It’s that time of year for us teacher’s out there.  The last month of school seems to be one of the most exhausting and busy months all year.  We are almost done, though.  I am grateful to have had such a wonderful group of students and parents this year.  I have to say, honestly, this is the most supportive, involved group of parents I’ve worked with in a long time. 

As for blogging is concerned, I am so impressed by those bloggers out there who post frequently and reliably.  I don’t know how they do it, but I guess they make it more of a priority than I do.  If I was getting paid to blog, it might be different, but sadly, blogging is the first thing to go to the wayside when I’m busy and overwhelmed. 

I have been doing some minimal crafting though!  Some crochet (using some of that lovely yellow Madelinetosh I mentioned a while back), and some sewing (I made a needlebook – first one ever – and it came out ok, but I don’t love it and it’s not great enough to share with you all.  Maybe the next one will be better.) I am in love with the idea of needlebooks right now.  I actually devoted an entire Pin board to them.  This is one of my fav’s.  It’s adorable!!  I found the picture on Pinterest but it was originally listed on England’s version of Etsy called Folksy.  I love this site, and honestly, I think it is so much cuter than Etsy.  Not sure why. 

I have also be doing a lot more reading.  I finished Beautiful Ruins and The Great Gatsby over the last few weeks.  Now I’m on to The Devil in the White City.  It is very interesting!  I love novels that weave real history into the story line, and this one is actually based on true events. The writer is quite adept at balancing the back story with the regular story line, and I am enjoying it very much. 

Hugs,

E

So, what have you been up to while I’ve been gone?

 

New Season, New Table Runner

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I decided to make a new table runner to celebrate the new season. I went with a blue and white theme and put together a bunch of my favorite patterns and colors. I love the bicycles. I think it’s from the Lucy’s Crab Shack line by Sweetwater from Moda. I did the backing and binding in a navy solid. I love the modern feel of it.

I did strips of different fabric sewn together in varying widths from 1″ to 4″. Then I sewed them to each other making sure to offset all of the seams.

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I quilted it using straight lines in 1/4″ widths and I varied the stitch lengths. This was my first attempt at straight line stitching. I usually stitch in the ditch, but I like how the lines add to the modern aesthetic.

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So, what did you all work on this weekend?

Hugs,
E