An Upcoming Project — Pillows


First, meet Percy. Cute, isn’t he?  Then, see the blue couch to the left of him?  The cushions on the back of the couch are overly “smooshie”, and not in a good way.  They’re smooshie in a “what’s wrong with your couch cushions?” kind of way.  So I have a brilliant plan to replace the cushions with large, colorful, quilted pillows.  I’m starting with this one from the book Pillow POP!  The books is filled with great pillow designs, which will really be helpful as I have a lot to make.  This one drew me in first, Fresh Bloom by Ryan Walsh.

Flower Pillow Top

Recognize the colors from my Lava Meets Sea quilt?  (Yes, there will be a similar pillow in blue.)   One of my daughters noticed that the text fabric is about instructions for making a pillowcase.  Perfect, isn’t it?

But for now I’m back to finishing a quilt top.  Pillows (and the smooshie couch) will have to wait just a bit longer.


Changed Plans

X & + Pillows for Dad

These started out as blocks for a quilt for my Dad, but after making just a few of them I changed my mind.  The very things I really liked about them, their dark colors and masculine prints, worked against them in the Japanese X & + blocks.  In the well lit photo it’s harder to tell, but in real life they just looked kind of “muddy”.  I was afraid the “X” and “+” parts would get lost in the darker print patterns and it would just be hard to make anything out.

So now Dad is getting a couple pillows made from those blocks as a teaser of the quilt to come, and I think I’ve decided on a simpler pattern of small patchwork squares.  I think Dad will be happier with it, and I think it will really show off the gorgeous Curious Nature prints from Parson Gray.  Here’s hoping!


Sewing Porch Pillows


Porch Pillows

Pricing new outdoor pillows for our porch nearly gave me sticker shock, so I decided to make my own.  For about the price of just one new pillow ($40) and a couple hours over the long weekend, I was able to recover all of our existing pillows.

Bonus: Sewing my own helps me to get exactly the look I want, and saving that kind of money also keeps my husband from complaining about my ever growing fabric stash.  Win!

Before and After Budget Makeover: Pillows


This one is pretty self explanatory.  I’m on a budget.  I just painted our family room gray.  I didn’t have any coordinating pillows, but I did have a bunch of stuffing, a gray sweater and a skirt that I don’t wear anymore.

Before and After Budget Makeover Pillows

Before and After Budget Makeover Pillows

Before and After Budget Makeover Pillows

Total cost: $0.  Someday I’ll decide on fabric for curtains and make a few more pillows, but this helps for now!

Hope you have a great weekend!