Monday, May 23, 2011

Design Wall Monday--May 23, 2011

I spent the weekend sewing up some long-promised articles for DD Erica, getting them off my list at last!  First, I finished two more pillows like this:


Piping, lapped zipper and lots of fiddly finishing.  I had forgotten what I learned making the first two a few months ago, so had to consult my home sewing book all over again!  These pillow covers are for 18" pillow forms. 

Then I worked on these 13x18" pillow covers.  This is the back of the fabric, an upholstery weight with lots of rayon for shine.  It's nearly as good looking as the front.

This is chenille-like with lots of texture and softness but the fabric raveled like a son of a gun so the first step was to zigzag over all four edges of each front and back.  The pillows went together faster since there was no piping to make and attach, except I did manage to sew the first zipper in backwards so had to rip it out and restitch.  Sigh.

Two of these were added to the pile.  Classy, huh? 

Erica requested a couple of placemats with the leftover Metro Mirage fabric (the cream print).  I bought the Jinny Beyer deep purple fat quarter on the right; the other two fabrics were pulled from my stash/scraps.  I also purchased a browny-purple tiny vine print for backing and binding.  Or maybe it is a purply-brown!

Simple construction produced this pair after several hours.

I quilted just a few lines next to each seam and applied the binding by machine.  Erica will be getting a big box in the mail this week!  See more Design Walls on Judy's Patchwork Times. 

15 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

Doesn't it feel good to have some finishes...and they are pretty I have to add!

Rabid Quilter said...

Beautiful! I've been thinking of making 'spring' placemats and you've given me the inspiration with these!

Chris said...

You have been busy! Everything turned out gorgeous. I love that floral print.

Barb said...

Lovely!!!

Judy D in WA said...

Those are fabulous! Such a good mom! :)

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Nothing better than checking items off those never ending "to do" lists! Well done, lovely finishes.

jovaliquilts said...

Great pillows, and such elegant placemats!

Vicki said...

Gorgeous! I made simple valances for my spring spruce up... I love how little changes make a big difference. Nice pillows and placemats, she will love them.

Shay said...

I love the classy pillows...very um ...classy. All jokes aside they do look lovely.

Knocking out a few small projects is a great way to regain sewing mojo(and to get monkeys off your back !)

It all looks wonderful!I bet Erica will be thrilled with her cushions.

Stephanie said...

Very lucky DD to have such a talented mom.

Quilter Kathy said...

very beautiful pillows and placemats...great job!

Kate said...

Very pretty.

Michele said...

I'm sure she will be thrilled :-)

Sue H said...

Love your pillows and placemats! Your daughter will be thrilled, I'm sure. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Sue H

Karen S said...

Beautiful fabrics and great projects! Love these!