I’m sure I have mentioned that my quilting response to stress is to haul out my scraps and play with them. A couple of years ago, as Christmas snuck up on me (as it inevitably does) I found myself staring at a pair of oblong down sofa pillows with shabby (and not in the chic way) maroon velveteen covers and gold applique.
I loved these pillows since my son was a baby — you can see one of them in the lower left of the picture above– and they were just too good to toss, so I stripped them down to pillow forms and stuffed them in a closet.
Side note: can you believe how adorable my son was? Look at that hair! He was about 1 year old in this picture.
As Christmas grew nearer, my scrap obsession boiled over and I retrieved one of my now naked 17×27 pillow forms and a pile of Christmas fabric pre-cut 2.5″ squares and I got to work. I sewed the squares together for the front of the pillow. When I made the quilting sandwich, I used blue 80’s era fabric I purchased at an estate sale as the backing, since it would never be seen.
This pillow case may have been one of the first items I attempted to quilt on my own. When the simple quilting was complete, I added an envelope enclosure for the back. Here is the finished project.
This weekend, as I assembled my Christmas decorations, I found my hand-made pillow cover and it reminded me that I have a second form that has remained bare for far too long. I decided to raid my strip scrap basket and make a coordinating cover for the other form.
Following is a picture of my very organized strip scrap basket:
Anyway, to save time and reduce stress, I planned to be creative and use the strips instead of cutting more squares. The top came together in about an hour last night. It was a perfect meditative, calming activity.
Now I need to muster the courage to try my hand at machine quilting again.
I’m excited that I will finally have my two favorite pillows back in full use. I’ll try to get a picture of my now nearly full-grown, beard-wearing, 16-year-old son beside the pillows for future reference!
6 thoughts on “Little Christmas Projects”
You just reminded me that I have a second pillow form that I haven’t done anything with – I should make a cover to go over it like yours. My scrap bin is definitely not as organized as yours!
haha! Now that’s fun to imagine!
Mine is pretty bad right now!
LUV this pillow. Perhaps Santa will deliver one to Ohio!
Thanks for sharing a project from your archives/early days. Yes your son was an adorable baby! I hope your stress improves and playing with fabric brings you calm. Sewing is so meditative (well some sewing, let’s not talk about paper piecing, I get stressed out just typing those words!) 🙂
Such a pretty Christmas quilt!