Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Warming up for a pillow fight!

I'm super stoked tonight because I got my partner through for the Brit Quilt Pillow Fight. She's one cool and sassy lady although I'm not allowed to reveal who she is, I hope I can make her something she will love.

This week I've been practicing pillows, having only ever made cushions before harhar - I actually picked one up to show my husband when he came home and said do you like my new pillow? He looked at me like I was crazy, it is a cushion!

I decided that I should try HST having not done them before, of course why stop at one new thing when you can try two at once?!

Here is my first ever go with HST, using Moda's farmyard charm pack to match my table runner and inspired by the fall pillow over at Little Miss Shabby.

I'm really glad I took the extra time to quilt all those straight lines, I think it really makes the pillow.

And I'm a sucker for a well mitred corner, is that too big headed? I just get super proud when I do something well!

I wimped out on the back and used some of my 'ugly' fabric from my stash and some ribbon ties. I will try harder on my pillow fight swap pillow!

Spurred on by my first success with HST and to make sure it wasn't a fluke I dived straight in and made this today. I couldn't sleep last night and dreamt up the design in bed, I couldn't wait to get going today. I also tried another first and popped in a little hand quilting.

I'm pretty proud of those point too (head growing warning!) but don't worry - it didn't all go well....

Hmm, I think I need to practice zippered closures! It was fine until I put the pillow form in! I think find a good tutorial and follow it to the letter is the way to go rather than my approach - make it up as you go along lol!

It seems I used up all my good charm on the pillow fronts today and I then went and put petrol in our new diesel car. This is so un-me and I was mortified to have to call my husband and tell him. So that's me housebound for a few days until it is (hopefully easily) fixed. Lucky my husband works in a garage! Oh well, I suppose I can pass the days with more sewing!


Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Love the cushions, though don't think they will win over your husband completely!! Ooops!

Sarah said...

wow, these were your first go at HST's?! You ARE good!!

Canadian Abroad said...

Great pillow/cushion practice. Love it all. The car thing sounds like something I would do!

Nicky said...

Oops on the fuel mix up though if he works at a garage you have to make some use of that! Great cushions - you are doing well and your partner will be very happy!

Katy Cameron said...

Love the cushions, and fab job on those points. As for the car, err, oops!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Can't tell you how much I LOVE those cushions! They're fab!! The petrol business...I have never owned a diesel. I've always filled my car w petrol. Despite this I have to double check myself every time I fill up to make sure I am using the right pump because, well, I get distracted easily!!

Annabella said...

Love your HST cushions! We own a diesel too and I dread asking for petrol instead. Haven`t done it yet but probably will one day!

amy dame said...

both pillows/cushions are great, but i really love the first one. and i call them cushions sometimes too! (mostly if they're small ones that sit on the sofa)

the fall colours totally aren't my style, but they're really lovely - the more i quilt, the more i love colours that "aren't my style". are you going to enter it in Stitched In Colour's Celebrate Colour contest?

Sheila said...

Love your cushions and winced at your petrol faux pas - oops.
I have a question - if they call cushions pillows in the US, what do they call pillows?

pippablue said...

They came out gorgeous! Well done, I have yet to try HST, I figure I'd never get the points to line up..lol! I've had a diesel car for about a year now and I still have a mini panic after I've been to the garage just in case I put petrol in!!!

memmens said...

Well done they look great.
I use this tutorial http://sewkatiedid.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/zip-to-your-pillow/ for invisible zips and it is great, I love it.