Monday, April 18, 2011

Design Wall Monday--April 18, 2011

On my design chair/desk/floor is a project that has been lingering around far too long.  I was supposed to have these done in January:
Pillow covers for DD Erica, who moved to Arizona in January and has been plaintively bemoaning the lack of their presence at her little house since then. I just completed the fourth embroidered front on the plane to Cincinnati.  That was the easy part--I had never made piped or zippered pillow covers before so was stymied at the bias piping.  Finally, I forged ahead with basting the piping on by hand and following instructions in a home sewing book for the lapped zipper.  The first one took an hour or more of fiddling...

Plus trimming, finishing the edges, and primping.

But finally #1 was completed!  I was able to do a second one twice as quickly, forgoing the hand basting in favor of the machine.  Now only 4 more to go, but those will have to be mailed, as Erica heads home today.

Our girl came home as a surprise this weekend by finding a cheap flight and arranging for her grandfather to pick her up at the airport.  Here she is with her brother Nick and Russell the dog.  (Note that Nick's knees are level with hers but on a lower step cuz he's 10 inches taller than she!)  See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times.  Happy Monday!

10 comments:

loulee said...

Great finishes. I like the backing fabric.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a wonderful surprise! Great job on those pillows!

Barb said...

What a fun surprise!!!

Shay said...

I love that you just jump in when you dont know how to do something. I'd spend days researching how to do something and then still not do it. Love Erica's pillows.

How wonderful she came home to surprise you.

Barb in Mi said...

Beautiful embroidery! After the 1st pillow piping is done, you'll become a pro! And your daughter will be happy...

Kate said...

Beautiful pillows.

Hope you enjoyed your kiddo's visit.

*karendianne. said...

See, I've said it before… you're really talented. I've said that, haven't I? Are you starting to blush? I'm sorry friend but its really true. Darn determined, too. I can see why Erica was pining for her pillow(s). Nice surprise to see her. Happy for y'all. ;)

Jerzydeb said...

So great that she came home to surprise you ! Love the embroidered pillows - I can see why she wants them so badly ! Can't wait to see them all finished !

Bonnie said...

You are a million steps above me on the pillow routine. I just won't do them. (Well except for shams and those I will do.) How fun to have a surprise visit. And, two pillows in Arizona are better than no pillows in Arizona! Keep at it. The pillow is fantastic.

Belinda said...

Great pillow girl!!!.....and too cutie patootie kiddos!!!!