Monday, July 30, 2012

Meadow Pillow and More

I have been having a blast handstitching lately.  I worked on another Handstitched Camp project this weekend, the Meadow Pillow.

Meadow Flowers

I was determined to use that Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet as the background, but I only had a fat quarter, so I hope the solid aqua isn't too weird there at the side.


We used a few different techniques for applique.  I can't say that any of them were new to me, but you still always learn some new tips and tricks and I love this pillow project.


This is the first time I have made my own pillow form.  This pillow is not a standard size, but I definitely think that even if I use a standard size, I should be making my own.  I mean, totally easy.  I actually did not have enough polyfill on hand, so I used my bag of scraps (the ones to small to sew with)  to fill it - definitely made it a little heavy, but it was good to recycle something destined for the trash.


I made this for my porch, to try to cozy it up a bit.  The aqua fabric I picked for the chairs & throw pillows was a little more subdued than I hoped, almost grayish, so I really want to add more color out there.  I have been stuck on deciding between an aqua + olive or aqua + coral palette.  I decided to try out both for the pillow.    Next up I need to spray paint the big wicker basket/trunk I found in my parents' attic for my coffee table.


While out there photographing my pillow, I realized I never showed you my tablecloth.  I went to JoAnn's a few weeks ago and the linen was all half off.  I bought 4 yards, pieced it into a large circle and hemmed the edges with my hemmer foot (my new favorite tool!).  Not too exciting, but it makes me pretty happy!


After a week at the beach, we eased back into Mama Pajama School with some basic letter practice and a fun activity.  Sink or Float.  Pretty easy, but the kids had a blast with it.  Jack could not believe that the lemon floats!


Since I washed the cushion covers on the couch we made a big fort.  We also broke our "food in the kitchen" rule and had lunch in the fort.  Happy boys!


Miraculously I got about ten minutes of time outside on my porch while watching the boys play in the backyard.  I was busy basting hexies.  I have an idea where this is going, but am still working some details out.

I hope your week is off to a great start!!! -Courtney

7 comments:

  1. Your pillow looks gorgeous and I like the aqua solid! Had no idea there is such a thing as a hemmed foot! And lastly love your hexies-- so pretty. I want to do the hexy mf quilt along going on right now but gotta finish camp first :)

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  2. Love the pillow!!! The colors are so pretty and add a perfect pop of color. And, yay, for simple things, like table cloths, to make you happy, sometimes it's those simple things, right?

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  3. Pillow is beautiful, and that tablecloth would make me happy too! I started sewing about three years ago and just recently realized that I could use the skills to make things (besides quilts!) to dress my house up a bit - things like pillows,tablecloths, curtains, etc. It added so much to my experience when I started using the beautiful fabrics I purchased to update my decor! Your porch looks just lovely!

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  4. I just love your pillow.
    Oh, I remember those "fort" days. Your boys are so cute.
    And look at all your little hexies. fun!

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  5. I love the fabrics you chose for your pillow. This is one of the projects I really wanted to make, so I hope to do so, maybe a Christmas gift for someone.

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  6. Love that stinkin' cute pillow!! I don't usually say this because I'm so busy, but I HAVE to make one like it! :)

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