( First some talk, than lots of pillows! )
So glad to be back! It has been a while since my last post.
I have had to put blogging on hold for a few weeks as I am preparing my apartment for sale.
I finally got my “behind” into action and acted on my wish for a bigger home. I so desire an even bigger sewing room (luxury), a bit more outside space (necessary for relaxation), preferably a laundry room so I do not have jeans, dresses and tops drying all over the house (no more tripping or feeling boxed in) and if possible a carport or maybe even a garage…and all that within 15 minutes from my current home. Yes, that is doable… really!
But first I have to sell my current apartment. I am hoping for a relatively quick sale without much hassle but that might be jinxing it…..
Soooo… Lots of clearing out clutter, reorganizing, painting, trashing, donating and styling. I am not done yet, but I promise to show you pictures of the results when it is “all presentable”.
You might be asking yourself what the title of this blog post is all about. Well, I have been working on three sets of pillows, which you have not seen yet.
So let’s talk pillows, ha ha!
Let me start with the oldest project. This blue set of pillows was finished last December.. yes 6 months ago!
Remember my not so great end of December with the trip to Italy I did not get to go on? Well, I had made these pillows for my friend P. who I was supposed to go to Italy with and who has a birthday in the same month. She had seen to pillows I had made for myself and fell in love with the blue one.
This is my pillow from last October that she admired:
As I did not have enough fabric for two more square pillows, I decided on two rectangular ones for her birthday.
I quilted the fabric from the backside:
I have been saving these pictures, because they pillows were not gifted to my friend as we did not get to meet up before this last week. As she reads my blog (Hi P.!), and I did not want to spoil the “surprise”.
I also quilted the backs with a diamond pattern.
When I was finishing up the second pillow, I discovered that I had accidentally sewn on the back from the wrong side: inside out! OKAY, one pillow now has a purple back and the other has a blue back… ahum… just like I had “intended”, ha ha!
That is a wrap for pillow set number 1!
Pillow set number 2 and 3 are still W.I.P.’s but I guess as you have not seen any blog posts from me for over 3 weeks, I can stuff this one with 3 times the amount I normally do… right?
There will be two of these sweet little ones…just for me… for my stylish and oh so desirable apartment. 🙂
The third pillow set was half finished… and will go to my parents’ home soon, hopefully. This was the one that was already finished:
…also more than a couple of months ago…
…but like I said, there needed to be two…
Here are the detail shots with info on the FMQ patterns I have used.
1. My own pattern “Rambling Rose”
2. something like “Swirling Petals”, by Leah Day.
3. Pattern based on theme “Divide and Conquer”, by Martha of Quilt to the Edge
4. A rounder version of “Pebbled Paisley”, by Leah Day.
5. My own pattern, “Hooks”
6. “Flowing leaves” by Leah Day.
7. “Moon Feathers”, by Leah Day.
8. “Paisley Division”, by Leah Day.
9. “McTavishing” by Karen McTavish.
10. “Swirly Hook”, by Angela Walters.
11. “Colums of Arcs” from the book “Fill’er up”, page 24
13. Swirls and pebbles
14. A design which I have used on Reetepetit. Can not find the name again…
15. “Scroll flower” inspired by Amy from Amy’s Free Motion Quilting adventures
16. Sorry… do not know where this design came from…
Phew, we made it!
That was the last picture for now!
I hope to see you all soon! Please be patient with me with reading all of your blogposts I have missed. There are about 400 of them in Bloglovin’ waiting for me, LOL!
Lots of hugs!
(p.s. I am linking up with Finish it up Friday over at Crazy MomQuilts)
I wondered where you had gone! Welcome back, and I see you have not been idle while you were away. Love those orange cushions!
Yay for orange!
Most streets here are decorated with orange flags for the soccer worldcup. Today is the first game for our national team. Lots of people are very exited!
And we have green and gold, but blood will tell, and I’ve always had a soft spot for orange!
PS: I don’t know your budget or exactly where you want to live, but this house is for sale and has had a lovely owner (my sister!) who has looked after it well….
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That is truely a beautiful house, just a bit too far away from work I think. I will investiate, thanks for the tip!!!
Really great pillows and amazing quilting!
Thanks a lot Rike! 🙂
I love your pillows! My favorite is the FMQ sampler set. I want to do something like that sometime.
I love doing these sampler projects! I really adore working on soldi fabrics with those as I want the FMQ to shine.
Welcome back! Wishing you all the best with the apartment. Love the warm colored pillow and all the different textures!
Thank you! Glad to be back too! 🙂
I am looking forward to a weekend with some sewing projects! Finally I can get some project out of the boxes, ha ha!
I’ve been a bit like that too. In the process of converting the spare bedroom into a studio to give myself a little more space. I’m hoping I can be back to the sewing machine by Monday.
Wow! Awesome pillows!
Good luck with getting things moved. Nothing like a new place to get the creative juices flowing!
You are so right! So many great plans and dreams!
That pillow is gorgeous. Good luck with organising, selling your current house and finding just the right place to move to. I feel the right home is so important to our well being. I rather have a lovely home and maybe give up a few other luxuries ;)!
The right house is out there for me, but I dare not start viewing before my own houe is for sale for real. Some neighbours had their apartments for sale for 2 years… I hope it goes quicker for me! 🙂
Such pretty quilting on all of those! I don’t have any quilted pillows around…someday I’ll remedy that 🙂 Good luck selling your apartment quickly and finding the perfect new home!
When these pillows are all done, I will go back to my other W.I.P.s which have neglected way too long! I look forward to do more HST blocks. But first I will do some work on a paper piecing pattern. I wish the weekend was a day longer, ha ha!
What a lovely cushion parade! Love the last one. Amazing quilting!
All of the pillows are beautiful but the orange with the multiple patterns are out of this world.
Your FMQ is amazing, very inspiring and the closeups of the quilting detail are really helpful.
Wow! I love all of the beautiful quilting!!
And I think you can never have too many pillows 🙂
I hope you find a great apartment soon. Don’t forget to show all of us when you do 🙂
Your orange pillows are AWESOME! I love the colors, the design, and the free motion quilting! Thank you for all the awesome detail shots (and the references for the patterns).
These are all amazing! I love the cathedral windows quilting. I really forget how pretty it is all by itself:) Gorgeous.
Great quilting, all pillows are amazing!! Good luck with finding your new home. Barbora
Love those pillows, especially the last ones in the set of photos. I’m impressed by both the colour choice and the quilting.
Your FMQ is totally fabulous! I love the way you have combined the quilting and the colours.
Would you like to join in with Free Motion Mavericks, the weekend FMQ linky that I have started? It is early days yet, and it would be great to see you there.
I would love too! I will link up next weekend with some new projects!