Thursday, July 20, 2017

A few finishes

We are having some extremely hot weather right now , at least for us . I have gotten some sewing done though , some fun pillows , this one being inspired by this pillow I found on Pinterest here http://www.remodelandolacasa.com/2015/05/kswksu.html
I just guessed at the  measurements and instead of using a stencil which I didn't have anyway I used some free lettering from Pat Sloan and applique them on . For the back I used a shirt which included the buttons which worked perfectly for a closure.  I was so happy I thought that one up. This is constructed from old jeans,  some strips are the denim turned inside out to give contrast,  a fun pillow to make .

 This pillow came from my love of doing curved piecing and also my love for the shore birds .
With the exception of a couple of pieces this is Hand-Dyed fabrics . 
The sandpiper I added some embroidery , isn't he cute ☺
I couldn't stop there so back to the denim,  I came across a few squares of denim  in a few different shades of blue so this hexie pillow was born,  also found on that Pinterest site.
Again I just guessed at the size of the hexies although I think there is a template available.  I was more concerned about them fitting on my squares of denim which actually provided me with two larger hexies and one smaller hexie from each square.  I figured since I was cutting I might as well cut it all at the same time and throw the rest away . Yes I do throw some things away occasionally.  On the original pillow there is no star fish I just added that for interest .
So this is what became of the smaller hexies , of course I had to cut more to make this happen and then I had to come up with a plan for applique so I added a sail boat on the wavy sea , now that's what you see isn't it lol . I have to show you the back of this one.  I hadn't taken a picture of the beach pillow back but did remember to do it for this one. Yes this is a shirt,  the darker colour is the shirt turned inside out , I just loved how it looked so went with it.  Bet you won't look at a shirt or jeans the same again 😉

 Did I stop at that , nope , there is one more
This one actually was made before the smaller hexie pillow , I had these strips of denim left over from taking the jeans apart so I thought why not try a curved piecing pillow using denim , hmm not such a great plan , much more difficult to deal with this heavier fabric when trying to cut nice curves but I did manage to do it.  The lower sandy area is a linen type fabric,  likely a decorator fabric from long ago , worked well for sand . I added the sail boat then I felt the sand needed some help so I drew out a beach chair , not so easy either to make it look right and I added a sun hat beside it . The owner of the hat and chair are swimming just incase you are wondering haha . Or maybe they are out on the sailboat.  We needed some beach grass so I FM quilted some on each side and called it done 🤐
 So that was my adventure into summer pillows , am I done yet,  maybe not , I do have some ideas floating around so stay tuned .
 If you recall I took part in Darlene's star challenge a week from  Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop last year and I just recently had it quilted by Lynda Campbell in Mabou at Fiddle Stitches.  She did a great job of enhancing the quilt so once I got it back home I got busy and added a binding and here it is all finished up.


Sorry for the poor photo , I should have taken it outside . The border on this quilt was very challenging to me , trying to figure out just how to get that to fit the star blocks was just not clicking at first . I had some help from my friend Janice and together we finally got it worked out and I do love the look it has created , gives the stars a nice addition plus made a small quilt larger ☺
So that's all for now,  I think I have kept you long enough . Thanks so much for stopping by , sure do love your visits .
 Hugs Sheila 

16 comments:

  1. Love the pillows. They look fabulous. Your quilt is stunning. Hugs,xx

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  2. I love your pillows! You would pay a fortune for those at a decorator shop. Hasn't your quilt turned out beautifully too, I love star quilts, and that border definitely finishes it off.

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  3. They're all fantastic, Sheila! And what a great idea to use the front of the shirt with buttons for the back of the pillow. I can't wait to try that.

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  4. hi Sheila love your cushions,you are very clever my friend xx

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  5. All your summer pillows look beautiful. Makes me want to head for sea and sand. Your quilt is gorgeous x

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  6. I want to go to the beach now! Your pillows are all wonderful!. Your piecing and stitching so beautiful. Your quilt also is a beautiful finish. The stars and the border look awesome!

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  7. Just love the way you used denim and old shirts to make those gorgeous pillows...
    Great finish on the pretty Star Quilt

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  8. Love every one of your pillows. I read something back when I started to quilt that said we own both sides of the fabric. Glad to see you are using both. The button closure is a wonderful idea.

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    1. I love the different size blocks in this quilt and the border is great

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  9. I am in such awe...your pillows are so beautiful, and your star quilt is dropdead gorgeous! Oh, so much talent in little you!

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  10. What a great collection of cushions Sheila! I shall be hanging on to a few old shirts in future! The quilt looks beautiful! xx

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  11. I love the pillows, especially the bird one!! What a nice finish, I love star quilts and it turned out quite nice.

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  12. Gorgoeus cushions Sheila!
    They are all amazing, don't think I could pick a favourite.
    Perfect border for the stars, it really completes it beautifully
    Well done on your finishes

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  13. I love all those cushions Sheila.... the bird is my favourite....

    the quilt looks fantastic, I always love how quilting finishes it off..

    Hugz

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  14. I love stars, and your quilt is fabulous. The flying geese in different sizes was a great break between the inner and outer stars. This group is one of the best round robins I've ever seen - not a spoiler border in the bunch.

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