Friday, September 18, 2015

A plus pillow

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I need another pillow cover like I need another pincushion (hahaha!), but it turns out I needed a finish most of all!
This was a single block that I made at camp stitch a lot in Jacquie's slice and insert class back in 2013. I liked it enough to keep it, but I didn't have the energy to turn it into a full quilt. So, yesterday I added a border to make the block a little bit larger and I quilted it up. It makes a dandy pillow!
An envelope backing (in polka dots, of course!) was an easy way to finish it off. The black and white border print came from my friend Cheryl, who recently sent me a generous low volume scrap pack. (thanks Cheryl!) I love that my quilting friends that I met through the internet (and are now real life friends) are represented in this pillow. It's pretty special.
The strip of patchwork finishes at 7/8" and the text print finishes at about 1/2". I LOVE tiny pieces! The dense quilting, which was inspired by Jacquie, was a delight to work on. The small size of the piece made it easy to turn in the machine and it didn't take forever. The resulting texture is pretty wonderful!
Can you see the hidden A+? I thought that was a fun surprise! The pillow finishes at about 19" square. It's scrap project # 106.

Hurray for scraps...and finishes!

Now it's you turn to link up your finishes. Thank you for joining me each week for finish it up Friday!

34 comments:

Bernie Kringel said...

This is a sweet finish. Great use of a pretty orphan block.

Melissa Corry said...

Love the quilting!!!

Mari said...

Great idea! I love your celadon background fabric with that splash of brights. So cute!

Brooke Sellmann said...

Hey Amanda,
Just in case you didn't see it...one of my Good Neighbors projects was posted on Connecting Threads blog this week...so fun!! The link for my post is listed above.
brooke@sillymamaquilts.com

Have a great weekend!

Heidi Grohs said...

I love how you know exactly how many scrap projects you have!!

Malinda said...

I think this is your best pillow yet!

Debbie said...

It DID make a dandy pillow! I like your use of the text print in the 'block' and awesome quilting as you finished it up.

Pat said...

Love everything about this pillow, especially the quilting.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

This would make a fun teacher gift!

Ioleen said...

This is a lovely finish. What a great thing to make with scraps.

SewPsyched! said...


what a great pillow!!
You're definitely an A+ :)
XX!

Christine @ 12,450miles said...

Gorgeous pillow! I love the colors and the quilting has me going gaga!

Sue @ Quilting the Green Star said...

What a great finish, I love the colours and the use of the text fabric is inspired. You are such a clever lady!

Anne Lowry said...

Now that is a CUTE pillow!!!! I love small pieces too.

Debora Exum said...

Love your pillow! Green is my favorite color and the quilting is fabulous. Inspired!

Kara Zevchik said...

This is a great finish, I love it!! The quilting is really awesome! Just right for this pillow!

Angela Atkins said...

I had two leftover blocks from a star quilt and tried making one into a pillow. It was too tiny so I have held off on doing the other one. Thank you for the obvious solution to add some sashing around the block to make it bigger!

Julie Bagamary said...

Great pillow - nice texture too.

Svetlana said...

wow!!! This is one stunning pillow!!! I love it all, tiny scraps, text, bright colors, and that quilting, of course. Such a beauty.

Mina said...

Beautiful quilting

tubakk said...

What a nice pillow with wonderful quilting.

Grantham Lynn said...

Love it and loooooooooove the quilting. I'm #100 this time!
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Carie said...

Wow those are some seriously tiny scraps in there! It looks amazing and I love the dense quilting, it's fun to do the sort of quilting that you just wouldn't do on a quilt because getting it all through the machine would be too insane on smaller pieces isn't it - and I love your hidden A!

Suzanne said...

I love the dense quilting too. It's worth slowing down and using the presser foot as a guide to get those lines sewn. The hidden A is awesome.

Patti said...

I love the quilting that you've done here and I just have to ask...did you measure and mark your lines? It's beautiful!

Allison said...

Really love the quilting especially the way you've used continuous lines - it looks great and saves having loads of thread ends to hide☺ Did you do it all by eye or use a guide?

Lolsews said...

LOVE!!!!

liniecat said...

That's a stunning finish, love the colours, design layout and quilting too ... I'd be happy to home it if you really have too many covers! lol

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

This is an awesome pillow!!! Love the colour scheme.

Crystal_235 said...

Very pretty! Love the quilting

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Love how the text print looks when used in skinny strips. I think you subconsciously made the A. Clever of you to find it afterwards though.

Swedish Scrapper said...

Love the quilting for this sweet pillow! And the yellow and red text print is really wonderful.

margaret said...

I emailed as I am a Margaret re the table runner pattern but think since it was a no reply blogger email address so trying again so see if it was me not to worry if it isn`t as I think I can work out myself how to do it.

KathyinMN said...

Oh my goodness, love it-love the quilting.