Saturday, May 3, 2014

Some pillows from my pattern - Canvas

Canvas - pillows from my quilt pattern

I finished these pillows last week. In fact I took some photos of the installation of their invisible zippers to complete the tutorial I wrote about my spring pillows, which is here.

These pillows were made using my new pattern, which I have called Canvas - you have already seen several versions of quilts made with this pattern here already: Radiant Orchid Colour Study, Earth, and Rebel. As I've said before, this pattern was inspired by Josep Albers who did many colour study paintings.


The same blue and yellow solids are in each pillow. And then I used blue and yellow threads to quilt them heavily but not quite at matchstick levels. I love how the colours look different depending on which one there is more of and which ones the colour touches.


They both have invisible zippers, the tutorial to do that is here. Invisible zippers are fast and simple to install. Truly they are.

Canvas - back

I gave myself permission to cut into some favourite Amy Butler prints for the backs. The pillows are about 20" square so the backs take up a good part of a yard of fabric, but it was not doing anything fun on the shelf.


They look really interesting on pointe too. These are also for my guy, he was feeling the need for better back support when he reads on the bed. They are filled with nice plump down filled pillow inserts from IKEA.


I spent the better part of today finishing the pattern, at least well enough for my pattern testers to have a go at it. Canvas is sized to make this pattern from mug rug to large king. I am looking forward to getting it in the shops for sale but first I need some feedback from the testers. I'll keep you posted as to when it is actually ready for purchase.


It takes a village for me to make a pattern it seems. Before my wonderful testers even got their copies of the pattern, the lovely Kat (Flutter Kat) worked on the lovely logo and branding bits, the ubber talented Kerry (PennyDog Patchwork) made the first set of graphics from scribbles on a paper and carefully taught me how to make more myself, and the fantastic Lynne (Lily's Quilts) sharpened her pencil, checked all the math and edited the pattern. I am so grateful to all of these talented women, who, by the way, are each open to being retained to assist others at very reasonable rates too.

Finish Along 2014

I almost forgot to mention that these pillows were on my Q2 FAL list, so this finish makes 2 finishes of 12 on the list, which is better than none for sure.

I am so enjoying a whole weekend off and at home, tomorrow I am hoping to do some quilting with the long arm. I have a week after that in town and then I am off to Quilt Market in Pittsburg with Katy, it seems I have been granted a credential as an industry professional, I'm so excited.