Monday, July 26, 2010

Adventures in applique


This project just kind of came together, and quite quickly at that!  I had been eyeing up this tutorial from Kellie over at DontLookNow for some time now, but to be honest was a little intimidated by the idea of applique.  With all the craptastic weather we had this weekend, I literally had ALL day on Sunday to sew!  I figured I'd give this applique technique a spin, and I have to say, I'm hooked!


I think there will be much more applique in my quilting future.  I love this pillow case size, small enough for a quick little project, but so much to look at!


It actually could double as a wall hanging/mini quilt, and measures about 20 inches x 20 inches.  I also thought I'd branch out and try some new filler quilting, so after about an hour of practicing swirls, I think I have it down!  This may be my new favorite...heres more of a close up of the quilting, definitly not perfect, but I really like the effect.

And here's my new pillow at home on the recliner!


I'm hoping to whip up another tote bag like the zebra tote within the next few days to hold my laptop while on vacation next week, so hopefully one more post this week and then I'll be soaking up some sun at the beach! 

Jessica


20 comments:

  1. Wow, is there no end to your talents?
    That pillow cover is OUTSTANDING !
    And it makes the prettiest banner for your blog, too !

    You are amazing.........enjoy the beach !

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  2. I have also been eyeing this tutorial Too! Your pillow came out perfect and it looks great on the recliner.

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  3. Oh I just love your pillow case! You did a great job and it is so sweet. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

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  4. OMG I feel like such a fraud now, after making applique cushion covers from ready applique fabric.
    Pillow is fab, sometimes I love it when it rains ,which is quite a lot here in wet old Ireland. I can shut myself away in my sewing room.
    OK I have to go and try some real applique now. Andrea

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  5. This is so beautiful! I want one...Right Now! You did a fabulous job on it. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

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  6. I saw this last year and bookmarked it! It's so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Wow, that turned out GREAT! You did such a nice job on it, and it's so, so cute!

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  8. I love it, so pretty, and awesome quilting!

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  9. Can't help but smile while looking at that pillow! It is so happy! You did a great job. Enjoy your time at the beach!

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  10. Beautiful work! You would not know that you had your doubts about trying applique!

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  11. I love it! I wish I could applique... BEAUTIFUL!

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  12. OMG, I love it! It came out awesome! Way to go!!

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  13. I love the pillows they are so fresh and pretty and your quilting is lovely!

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  14. So cute and even better as a pillow. Great job!

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  15. Great colors! It looks great in your header. Thanks for the tutorial link too. And thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

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  16. That is so cute! I love the bright colors and whimsical design.

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  17. I love it! I especially love the swirly tail feathers on the bird, and the quilting. Great job!

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  18. Your pillow case is gorgeous. I have been thinking of making this pillow case too. The pattern is so pretty.

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  19. Thanks everyone! I definitly encourage everyone to try Kellie's tutorial! Very easy to pick up and has such a beautiful result no matter what fabrics you choose, definitly a perfect applique project for a first timer (like myself!)

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