Stuck on the Border II

In a previous post, I was indecisive about what border and binding to add to my kaleidoscope pillow.  Thanks for all your feedback!

Rummaging through my sewing supplies, I found a package of Wright’s Bias Tape Maxi Piping and my plan came together in a flash!  I was no longer stuck on the border!

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I added a black border to my pillow and used the red bias tape maxi piping for an accent.  This piping went on quickly because I used the zipper foot attachment for my trusted Bernina.  Yikes!  Lots of batting fuzz on my fabric!

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My walking foot was put to good use as I made my way around the outside edge, stitching in the ditch of my seam.

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Here’s a look at the back of my pillow.  It has an envelope back so I can easily slip the pillow in and out of the pillow cover.

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I am loving my new pillow and well, we all know “there’s no place like home”!!!!!

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FAMILY Pillow – Free Pattern

Need a gift for the upcoming holidays or other special occasion?  You can make this quilted pillow to share your love of family with those around you!

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I wanted this pillow to look modern and sophisticated.  I think the Navy on White Damask by Riley Blake Designs helped me to achieve this look.

Kona White and Kona Navy for the letters and background helped to bring all three fabrics together for an outstanding FAMILY…ha!  Pun intended!

While testing and double testing the pattern, I made 5 pillows!  One of the pillows I made used Garden Girl Damask Pink by Zoe Pearn of Riley Blake Designs.  This pillow got some extra pizzazz with black pom pom trim.  How cute is this?!

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If you decide you like the pom pom trim (or some other decorative trim), be sure to purchase 3 1/2 yards.  This will give you a bit of extra trim to match where the pom poms start and stop or to match other trim designs.  Since I had never used pom pom trim before, I found a great tutorial for adding pom poms to a pillow.  You can link to the tutorial here.

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I will be adding this FAMILY pillow pattern to our favorite pattern website, FAVE Quilts.  In addition to finding inspirational FREE quilt patterns, FAVE Quilts posts tips and tutorials on the latest quilting techniques.  Sandy and I subscribe to their free e-newsletter, Piecing It Together.  This newsletter keeps us up to date on the latest quilting trends!  You can subscribe to Piecing It Together by clicking here.

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This pattern provides you with all the information you need to make your own, unique FAMILY pillow with an envelope back.  It’s a great weekend project!

To get started on your pillow, download the pattern by clicking the link below:

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Be sure to share pics of your FAMILY with us!

 

 

 

 

Lazy Post-Summer Days

Summer finally arrived post-equinox here in WNY. The last few weeks have been clear dry days with highs in the 80’s and sunny skies. It has been glorious. I used these late lazy ‘summer’ days to:

  1. Drag a quilt outside and read after leaving my pays-the-bills job. My little shadow cannot resist a good quilt snuggle. We spent several afternoons this week outside.

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Read to me mom!

2. Picnic at a Leaves and Lobsters event at Glenora winery in the Finger Lakes — it was wonderful, will definitely become an annual event.

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Confession: one lobster was not enough. We scarfed this down and then went to the weinery next door for a “snack”. Don’t tell my new personal trainer, ‘k? Oh, and if you are wondering, that tea wasn’t mine, if you know what I mean!

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Beautiful Seneca Lake

 

3. Uncover treasures at a local second-hand shop.

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Twelve 12″ hand-stitched squares for $20. Love them!

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Despite the temperature, fall colors are everywhere!

We are lucky to be located here in a drama free weather zone. Thinking of fellow Americans who are not so lucky in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.