About a week or two ago, without my being quite aware that this was happening, an enormous yearning to quilt began to grow in the recesses of Louisa's Creative Inspirations. This yearning grew and grew and grew until two days ago, when, unable to resist any longer, I set up my sewing center, which spans corners of three rooms in our house, and made a lovely mess. The evening before, after a nice dinner-and-mancala evening with my dad, he and I had gotten out a box of colored pencils and enjoyed ourselves designing some quilt squares on graph paper.
So Tuesday morning, I was all set to go, armed with quilt square designs, a newly reorganized fabric shelf, and manymanymany ideas. I pulled out my quilting scraps. Earlier this summer, I worked at a local strawberry farm, so I ended up with a lot of strawberry quarts. During aforementioned recent reorganization, I realized that these quarts make excellent storage for little scraps--fat quarters and leftovers from larger projects--to be used for quilting. The quarts can be stacked, one on top of each other, but are shallow enough that I can see everything I have in them quite easily. And they're kind of cute, don't you think?
So I perused the graph paper quilt block designs that my dad and I had made together, and selected one that I thought looked pretty cool. I decided to piece and quilt a pillow cover. I chose three green fabrics from my strawberry boxes. I really enjoy knitting and sewing projects with subtle color differences, such as my shades of green here, or the subtle blue and gray striping I used in the Sophie Alpaca Socks. I think it lends an item cohesiveness and an aesthetic approachability one might not find otherwise. And it's just pretty. So I cut out pieces, one by one, for a looong time, and then sewed them together, one by one, for a loooong time, pressing seams open with the iron as I went. For new sewers: this is a very helpful thing to do. I used to think that ironing was a waste of time, but it is the ironing one does before, during, and after sewing a project that makes it look professional and makes the work so much easier. Truly. After much cutting, sewing, and pressing, then, I had my pieced quilt block:
I then made a sandwich with another piece of fabric (crisp, white, and simple) at the bottom, then a layer of quilt batting, and finally my new quilt block. I safety pinned them all together. I got out yellow embroidery floss and did some quilting through all layers.
I used the same yellow to make clusters of three French knots through all layers in four places, and to make ties through all layers in four other places. I love French knots! For anyone who doesn't know how to make them, Purl Bee has a very helpful tutorial here. I had lots of fun taking pictures of the pillow cover at this phase.
I sewed a pillow cover backing (with opening) out of lovely blue and white floral fabric...
...and then sewed a pillow form...
The Chloe Quilted Pillow took me about five hours to make, but I just love it! Chloe will probably go up in my shop soon, along with the Mia, Molly, and Maggie Pillows and Emma Rug.
I'd love to hear what you think! Do you like to quilt? What have you made, and what have you done with your projects? Would you like to see more quilted items in my shop or up on the blog?
Enjoy the lovely day,