Monday, May 09, 2016

throw pillow mania

It seems like I've been working on making pillows forever, but in reality, I managed to complete my goal of making 11 throw pillows for gifts in less than a month. Yippee! I really don't know why I thought this was a good idea in the first place, but it was an exercise in perseverance, if nothing else! Ha!
I can't believe that this is my first scrap vortex pillow. It's pretty fun! This is scrap project #139.
Simple and sweet patchwork never gets old! This is scrap project #140.
Another half-rectangle pillow, which is scrap project # 141.
And a fraternal twin to the previous pillow. It's not exactly the same, but I had to look carefully to make sure that I didn't post the same photo twice. :) This is scrap project #142!

You can see the previous pillows here, here, and here.
I already gave one pillow cover away, but here are the remaining 10. They look pretty dandy together! I'm actually excited to send them off to their new homes!
One of the great things about this project was that I was able to use up a lot of scrap batting....the pile shrunk considerably! I also discovered that I could use my leftover scraps of fusible interfacing (cut into 1" widths) and fused the batting pieces together, side by side. It's like a triple scrap elimination. I'll take that any day of the week!
I am quite pleased with how they turned out! But boy, that's a whole lot of pillows...even for me! :)
 
Happy Monday to you!

56 comments:

josiekitten said...

Your cushions are just so gorgeous! Is there a pattern link for the vortex one at all please? I am excited to find some ways to use up scraps!

KellyH said...

"Triple scrap elimination"-------that cracked me up!
You are an inspiration Thanks.

paulak said...

Love them!

pumpkinandtap said...

Fantastic group of pillows. Love the idea to join batting pieces with interfacing. I have two bags that can be used for this.

CatNCart Craft said...

Love, love, love your pillows - and to think you used scraps, wow!

Robby H. said...

Now that's a peck o'purty pillows. Well done! Hope they are received with the joy that went into making them.

Pam said...

They are all so pretty. And how good of you to give them away!

Kelly O. said...

gorgeous scrappy goodness! do you finish your pillows with an envelope back or zipper?

Pauline said...

Lovely and inspiring - I've got a few birthdays coming up and think I might make pillows - thanks

Laura B said...

Love your scrap batting idea! What type of interfacing did you use? I probably have scraps of interfacing that could get used too.

Rani said...

Great pillows! I'm inspired to make some of my own.

Julie said...

The pillows are gorgeous! I love your fabrics and the Vortex one is my favorite! Nice getting them all done so quickly!

Di~ said...

LOVE them all and you!😊

Snoozie said...

Beautiful and very inspiring!

KaHolly said...

Bravo! Mission accomplished, and are they ever beautiful!

Suzanne said...

I am pretty tickled with the pillows on the bed. They are impressive individually but all lined up--wow!! I think in the scrap score keeping game, these should count thrice. :)

Little Quiltsong said...

Great perseverance! Beautiful pillows too! Now, happy recipients :)!

Thimbleanna said...

A whole lot of pillows ... or a whole lot of Crazy??? YOU decide LOL!!! They look fantastic CrazyMom -- what a pretty project! I love the scrap vortex pillow -- I've been toying with your scrap vortex idea but not sure I wanted to take the leap -- a pillow would be a great way to find out! (And on another note, are you going to market???)

Gina said...

Great ideas for gifts and using up scraps x

pingraham said...

I love these! Such a great way to practice piecing and free motion quilting for this novice! Thanks for the inspiration and tip on how to fuse batting scraps. I'm saving mine, but wasn't sure how to use them.

Quilter Kathy said...

Total gorgeousness!!!

Jayne Honnold said...

It might have felt like a bad idea at some point in the month-long effort, but oh my goodness! They are beautiful, and so worth it! The one pic looks like bowling pins lined up. All are gorgeous!

Melissa Corry said...

They look so fun all lined up together!!! And wow, that is a lot of scrappy goodness!! Way to get them all done ;)

Needled Mom said...

Wouldn't they be beautiful together on a sofa? Forget about anyone sitting on it as it would just be a piece of art!!!

Marla said...

Loved the photos of all of these pillows hanging out together! I have a few extra scrap vortex blocks hanging around, and I'm trying to decide if they'll become potholders, placemats or pillows...

quiltytherapy said...

The pillows look great. I love using leftover interfacing to fuse scrap batting together. Way cheaper than the rolls of thin webbing they sell.

materialgirlquilts.com said...

I love them all!! And they look perfect on that white quilt of yours...it's probably going to be hard to give them up :)

Tammy Stack said...

what does it say about me that I was counting them before I scrolled down and saw that you have given one away??? They are absolutely beautiful! I wish I had your motivation. : ) Sew on!

Lisa C said...

What a great post. When you mail them, what do you use? I've only delivered pillows in person. I've made several scrap vortex quilts but never a pillow. I may just copy your idea. How ever did you refrain from mailing them as you finished them? That's what I call patience!

Sally Hurst said...

You may have addressed this in a previous post but did you quilt the front of the pillow using barring? I'm assuming you used a pillow form
Insert. Great job!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

They're all so so pretty. Lucky recipients. Great use of fabric and batting scraps. Love the idea of fusing smaller batting pieces together too. i wouldn't have thought of that.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I have a wonderful relationship with the making of throw pillows -- and I think your photos of the ones you made are awesome.

Crystal_235 said...

I love all your pillows! And thanks for the tip on fusing batting together.

June D said...

Amanda Jean - These are all so terrific looking! Thanks for the inspiration.

Carolyn Grill said...

Love the photo of all the cushions together! And thanks for the fusible tip for the scrap batting. I know what I'll be doing with all my scrap batting!

liniecat said...

Love those cushions together like that, so pretty and cheerful!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Love the photo of them all lined up like bowling pins. Strike! Did you zig zag the seams on the inside?

Diane Beavers said...

Amanda Jean
They look like little tin soldiers, shoulder to shoulder, all in a row. Perfect formation, beautiful creations. You're friends are fortunate to have you stitching up such a sweet gift.

Libby said...

I knew who it was when I saw all the pillows :):) I loved them all !!! (one of my weaknesses too) Don't u love the Scrappy !!

Baa. xxx said...

They look gorgeous all together! Triple elimination is fantastic work!

JoAnne in southern California said...

ALL of your pillows are so cute! If I had to choose a favorite I just couldn't do it. Congratulations on a job very well done.

MissSwiss said...

I would keep them all!!!

Daytona Damsel said...

I would have a hard time separating them. Recently I have been scrap busting and used up scrap batting as well. Great Idea on using the scrap fusible. I will try that next time.

Lucy said...

Your pillows are beautiful and a great way to use of scraps. They all turned out great.

Live a Colorful Life said...

I love these pictures. :)

tbear said...

A whole lotta pillows goin' on !

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

The individual pillows are fantastic but, wow, they look great together! I love the photo with them stacked in the triangle pattern. Makes me want to start my own set though I don't have the perseverance. The small squares (#140) is just so sweet!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Love all of the pillows. Great project and you met your goals! Good job!

Amanda Jean said...

Yes, I do! Look under my quilt along page....I hosted a scrap vortex quilt along last summer. The links to each post are on that page. I hope you have fun with it!

AJ

Amanda Jean said...

These are all finished with an envelope backing. :)

AJ

Amanda Jean said...

I used light weight interfacing. Some is Pellon SF101, and then other random stuff I've had for years. I think lightweight is key.

Hope that helps!

AJ

Amanda Jean said...

I will mail these...but the covers only. No way I would ship the full pillows! I waited to mail them because I wanted the picture of them all together! That was my main motivation for finishing them as well. :)

Amanda Jean said...

Yes, I made the patchwork and then layered it on to batting. I quilted the piece, then added an envelope backing. There are pillow forms inside. That way, the covers are washable.

Hope that helps!

Amanda Jean said...

Thank you! That's actually what I was thinking of when I photographed them in this order, haha! No, I didn't zig zag the edges.

AJ

Amanda Jean said...

Hahaha! I tried to take a photo of them all on my couch, but they didn't fit very well. :)

AJ

Pam L said...

Those pillows will be welcome gifts! Thanks for the batting/interfacing tip too