Saturday, August 29, 2015

Happy Dance Pillow



There's been one finish this week using (those orange and pink) scraps that had been piling up. The combination of such warm and happy colours remind me of summer - think peaches, apricots and raspberries.  A very fitting finish for the last week of August!


Starting with the smallest scraps, I make scrappy "blocks".

 I love seeing all those tiny bits of pretty fabric finding new life and purpose in my pillow.  Piecing for this was totally improvised - I just matched up cut sizes as best as I could, trimming only when necessary.  This method lets the "block" develop rather organically and makes each one quite unique. 

 
Once the smallest bits have made the center of my blocks, I can add in longer strips - or even piece odd bits to make strips.  It really doesn't matter to me, as long as my patchwork piece grows (while my scrap pile shrinks ;o)!
 

My new sewing machine has a built in wavy stitch that I had been wanting to try, so that made my choice for quilting my pillow cover easy.  I think it makes a playful complement to the happy dance of colour on this pillow. 
 

The pillow was finished off using a scrap of orange corduroy for the backing, a stashed zipper and a piece of leftover self-made piping. Love all the stash busting this pillow incorporates. ;o)

 
I'm linking up my latest finish with Amanda Jean and friends over at Crazy Mom Quilts for
and  with Gosia over at Quilts My Way for her summer sewing link-up party;

Quilts My Way

15 comments:

  1. Love the pink and orange combination........ So cute....

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  2. It's a great finish, working with scraps is always fun! Oh, and happy birthday, I'm terrebly late but I was out of internet for more than a week...

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  3. Love your colors combination, Katherine and your quilting is absolutely fantastic. Very modern :)

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  4. What a bright spot on a gloomy Sunday! It's beautiful Katherine! I too have been using my wavy line stitch to quilt with! It is a very 'forgiving' option, don't you think?

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  5. WOW! Is this a fun, happy pillow or what! Love the riot colors and your beautiful stitching!

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  6. Love that warm, late Summer feeling of the pillow cover. That stitch is awesome, I’ve used it on a quilt and some pillow covers too!

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  7. Great scrap buster! Love the colors, the wavy quilting, and the piping. It really will charm you into doing the happy dance every time you see it!

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  8. Hi Katherine! This is so delicious!!! I have been thinking what colours to add in our living room; because of the dark furnitures it really needs cheer up. Here it is - our favourite colours - lots of happy pillows! x Teje

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  9. Beautiful colors and composition!

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  10. That is definitely a happy pillow - love it :) That wavy quilting line is cool - I have one on my machine as well - I'm going to try that - I love the way it looks :)

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  11. What a great scrap project. Lovely happy colours.

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  12. If this got any more beautiful and whimsical, I'd have to eat it. Oh my... LOVE, LOVE IT!

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  13. Love your scrappy pillow. I have ambitions to make a large quilt with my scraps, and appreciate the reminder that small is good too.

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  14. What a great cushion. So satisfying to use up all those scraps. I always enjoy seeing a pink and orange combination of fabrics.

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