Sunday, February 19, 2012

update on the pillow cover

It fits! Yahoo! Such a minor thing to get excited about, but I was so excited when the pillow form fit. I have so many other ideas swirling around in my head...I just don't know where to begin.

Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

let the sun shine in

I love lots of windows, especially on a bright and sunny day. It amazes me how a little thing like sunshine can change my entire outlook on life for the better.

I finally finished my "hearty" pillow cover. It actually took me longer than expected, as I'm a novice at free motion quilting. I machine-appliqued the hearts and struggled to outline them accurately; as a result, it's looking rather shabby and crooked.

Regardless, it feels rewarding to have another functional item for the house, although the real test will be if the pillow form actually fits inside. I sewed the seams crookedly, so it might be off a bit. I'm hoping to pick one up at JoAnn's today for the true test.

This was my first attempt at a pillow cover, other than the small cushion I hand stitched in Brownies as a second grader. So I used an easy-to-follow tutorial provided by Cluck Cluck Sew here. I am so thankful for all the experienced folks out there who offer free tutorials for us newbies. The back side is a red and white polka dot fabric.

In the meantime, this baby girl quilt still patiently awaits its turn to be stitched. I could really use a nap. Waking up at 4:30 this morning has proven detrimental to my ability to function normally today.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

in the spirit of the holiday

I saw a photo on Flickr that inspired me to make this "hearty" heart applique pillow cover. I am finding that free motion quilting is something I really need to practice because mine is all over the place.

My machine seems to jump around a bit; in fact, it's like a runaway train. Perhaps I need to try a different foot?

P and I celebrated the holiday rather quietly with some heart-shaped ravioli and beautiful tulips (my favorite!).

Saturday, February 11, 2012

another one in the works...

If only I had more time in the day.

I start a project over the weekend and cannot tackle it again until the following weekend, if I'm lucky.

I'm also taking a class right now, so the readings and load of writing have been consuming my brief window of hours in the evening.

So another one sits and patiently waits to be quilted.

Until Saturday...