Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday was much better than Tuesday!

I was not productive at all yesterday. Not only did my sewing room get neglected last night, but the dishes, the vacuuming, and some of the laundry got neglected as well yesterday. You need a day like that every now and again to really appreciate the days when you are productive.

Today was a very productive day. I love days like today!

Yesterday I got a hot link from a sweet friend of mine for felt flowers. I had a vision of using Alexander Henry's Aqua and Orange Birdseed fabric to make a pillow and to adorn it with the felt flowers. Just a stroke after midnight or sew, my pillow is complete. Vision accomplished!!

Of course, every pillow needs a zipper. Have you tried this tutorial yet?? You really need to!

I also worked on another pillow today. I really thought I might get it finished tonight as well, but tonight I needed to do some of the housework I neglected to do last night. Anyway, I have the start of a Tuesday Pillow. This pattern comes from Stitch Magazine Spring 2009. I first saw it last summer when Annee made it, and it has been on my sewing to do list ever since. Finishing it tomorrow will be a breeze. The actual pattern of each square reminds me of the photo banner I made for my dad for Christmas. I also really, REALLY liked that there were no exact measurements. All of the pieces I used for each square were cut freehand with NO rotary cutter which makes the cutting easy and quick. However, I'm contemplating redoing a square or two. Do any of the squares look lame to you?? I'm not going to point out which ones I don't like, but I promise my feelings won't be hurt if you tell me a square or two needs some tweaking.

Lastly, I made a hair clip for Grace a couple of days ago, and thought it was worthy of documenting here on MOM. I love this flower, and really it is a simple pattern to follow and to make. I fear the flower might be a little heavy for the clip I used. I think I need to find some clips that have claws and will hold Grace's hair better. Sew and learn. Next time I'll know!

And that is all for tonight!!


Annee said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bird pillow. It's perfect!

I don't see any blocks I would re-do in the "Tuesday" pillow. But I would just say pay attention to the final layout grid in the magazine. They have the cool colors making a cross, and the warm colors making a cross at the top and the bottom of the pillow. That helps kind of pull it all together. See if you think that helps? It's going to be amazing!

Kevin and Kristina said...

The pillows look great! As you know, I am OCD about straight lines and I think these look totally fine. None look weird so you don't need to redo any. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Sarah M. said...

You've been busy. I love how the pillow turned out with those flowers, so creative. I'm always looking for new flower ideas and you just gave me two tutorials. THANK YOU!! I wouldn't redo any of the blocks either. I'm sure it's a little intimidating working with all of those colors and deciding what to put where. But it looks great!! Makes me want to make one even more. I don't think I've accumulated enough good fabric yet though.

Liz said...

Thanks ladies for your compliments and advice!

Annee, thanks for reminding me to review the instructions! I followed the layout grid before I sewed squares together. I'm crossing my fingers my Tuesday pillow will be done tomorrow!

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