It's time for the February FMQ Challenge and I've finished my pillow. This month's challenge was to use Leah Day's fill patterns in a pillow and I chose option 3 -- selecting fillers from her Craftsy classes.
First, I had to design my pillow. I had gotten a pillow form that was 14"x28", so that's the size of pillow I decided to make. I wanted some different areas for different fills, so I decided to improvisationally piece fabrics strips on a diagonal. I found a fabric that I liked and then picked some other fabrics to go with it. I cut a piece of tracing paper to 14"x28" to give me a base for doing the piecing to make sure that the final panel was big enough. I didn't add seam allowances because I had watched a Nancy Smith Craftsy class a long time ago where she said that she makes the pillow covers a little smaller than the pillow form size to get a more filled pillow. I decided to try that. Here is what the piecing looked like:
I forgot to take into account that I needed extra fabric on the top because of the angle of the fabric when folding it over, so I had to put a little extra fabric at the top of one of the sections:
Oops! Can you see the extra seam? I only had to make that mistake once to be more careful the rest of the time! (This picture is from after I did the SID quilting, so that's why you see the extra stitching lines. I didn't think to take a picture when I made the mistake.)
Once the piecing was done, I pulled off the tracking paper, sandwiched it with batting and backing, and started the quilting. First I did some SID quilting to stabilize everything and give myself a stitching like for traveling. I used a brown thread that I would also use for the rest of the quilting so my travel stitching wouldn't be noticeable. Then I just started picking filler patterns and putting them in the different sections. Here's how it turned out:
Since it's hard to see some of the stitching on some of the fabrics, here's a picture of the back of the quilting:
The patterns I used are (from left to right):
- Echo Shorthand
- Sharp Stippling
- Pearled Feather
- Poseidon's Eye
- Basic Maze
- Frog Eggs
- Echoing of the fabric pattern (not a Leah fill)
- Heat Wave
- Trailing Spirals (with added straight lines0
- Lollipop Chain
- Curvy Mosaic
I really like how the pillow form fills the pillow, so I'm glad I made the cover a bit smaller.
We've had a lot of spring-like weather lately, but winter returned yesterday:
What a change! It's still snowing now and it's supposed to continue overnight, but then should stop tomorrow. We've gotten about a foot of snow so far. Looks like I'll be doing some shoveling tomorrow! But it's still nothing compared to what they're dealing with on the east coast!