Saturday, March 2, 2013

February 2013 - Fresh Sewing Day

February 2013

February was fun. However, I have not really told you all about it. And mostly the things I worked on were not finished so they are not in this mosaic. Oh well, I am still linking up to Fresh Sewing Day hosted by Lynne from Lily's Quilts - you can visit the bloggers and link up yourself too.
Lily's Quilts
I did finish two quilts, and my scrappy trip along quilt deserves its own post so I will try to do that tomorrow. Both of those quilts are also on my Finish-a-Long list too.

Pillow

The pillow was made for the X-Factor Pillow swap. I just love this one, and it was really hard to give it up. It is about 17.5" square and fits really nicely over a slightly larger pillow. I wanted to keep this pillow so much that I mailed it off immediately so I could not change my mind. But I still might make another similar one for me.

Pillow - front quilting detail

The front is a creamy white linen with with a selection of 1.5" squares of different cotton prints. I added batting and a white lining fabric and quilted a straight line cross hatch.

Pillow - invisible zipper

I put an invisible zipper into the edge of this pillow. I used the excellent tutorial by Katie from Sew Katie Did. This is the easiest zipper I have ever installed - you should try it sometime too.

Pillow Back #13

The back is three prints from Bella by Lotta Jansdotter cut in squares as that was the challenge, to use squares. I quilted the back in a not at all perfect spiral. I expected to dislike the not perfectness of the spiral, but was surprised to find that it seemed just right for the fabrics.

My other big activity for February was a week in Texas, taking in Austin and also QuiltCon. I loved QuiltCon, it was an amazing feat for the barely established Modern Quilt Guild to undertake, and they did an excellent job. I can hardly wait till the next one, which will be in two years - 2015.

And I have to say, it was just so overwhelming to see my two quilts hanging in the show. People looked at them and took their pictures, they seemed to like them. I got ribbons for just having them in the show, which was an unexpected and lovely touch. Then when Shattered won the Honorable Mention in the Small Quilts Use of Negative Space category as well, that was just so much more than I ever hoped for, and so much fun.

Now I am going to get back to sewing, although I loved Texas, I missed the sewing. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Best,

Leanne

19 comments:

Sheila said...

Not surprised you found it hard to part with the cushion, I love its simplicity.
And well done, again, for your success with Shattered.

Esch House Quilts said...

Such a lot of beautiful work! With all the QuiltCon craziness, I had forgotten how much I love that pillow you made for the Xfactor swap. I don't blame you for not wanting to give it up :) Every round I swear I'll join in but have not managed to do it since the first one. Maybe circles will be my thing :)

Carla said...

Isn't that pillow gorgeous!

elle said...

congrats on all your accomplishments!

Elise Lea said...

That pillow is wonderful! The negative space makes the color pop so much!

Debbie said...

Love your pillow so much!

felicity said...

Great pillow! I'd want to keep it, too!

Kirsten said...

Such a wonderful collection of fabulous projects - really love the pillow!

Catherine said...

I love your cushion Leanne and glad to hear quiltcon was fun

memmens said...

Wow what a great month, I use that invisible zip tutorial every time and agree it is brilliant

Patchwork and Play said...

I LOVE your X -Factor pillow! You must make one for yourself- the graphic design is perfect!

Patchwork and Play said...

I LOVE your X -Factor pillow! You must make one for yourself- the graphic design is perfect!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love that cushion and can't wait to see your scrappy trip along quilt in all its glory!!

P.S. Is that a giant hexy flower? *swoon*

Katy Cameron said...

Love what you've been working on, the cushion is fab, and I love the look of the bottom right pic :oD

Flying Blind... said...

Love the cushion! You had a wonderful month xxx

Annabella said...

Gorgeous makes Leanne but then they always are! Love your cushion.

Charlotte said...

I was so glad to meet you! And of course you won a ribbon!!!

Amanda said...

congrats on the ribbon!! Everything that you showed looks great.

Angela Moore said...

Congratulations, and hope you had fun and enjoyed Austin.