Monday, May 4, 2015

Design Wall Monday

On and off my design surface are a couple of projects that have been awaiting their turn to leave the WIP list.  First, I completed two additional placemats for a full set of 6 for our dining room table.  They were promptly used last night and got christened with BBQ sauce from our rib dinner :)

 The colors are a bit off in the photo but they are nice and bright for spring and summer.  I again used my three-step zig zag stitch for some modern quilting.

I bought this beautiful botanical print of outdoor fabric at JoAnn's a few months ago to make small pillows for the patio set.  Although it probably ended up costing me about the same per pillow as buying some ready-made on sale, no one else will have these!  My sister helped by cutting out all the pillow pieces while I was working on the placemats.


 I finished all the edges and backstitched all the corners to hopefully extend the life of the pillow.
 
Then I spent an amusing 10 minutes trying to stuff the first pillow form into the side opening.  Eventually I got it in there but it was a wrestling match. These are 12x16" pillow forms from JoAnn's--also bought on a good sale.

I switched to a slightly larger opening on the end for the remaining pillows and even ended up taking out some of the stuffing from the forms to keep the wrestling to a tolerable amount.  Hindsight was that I should have allowed a seam allowance of at least 1/4".  That's a pile of pillow butts awaiting needle and thread :)

Our guild is making placemats for homebound seniors as one of our charity outreach projects, and at the last meeting I picked up a kit to sew and quilt.  There is a pocket for the silverware, a fun addition. The polka dot binding was my contribution.   I also have a quilt kit to baste, quilt and bind before next week's meeting, as well as a Round Robin assignment, and another challenge placemat to design and sew.  Finally, I joined Lori's Doll Quilt Swap again and have picked out a pattern from a very old Quiltmaker magazine.  This one is foundation pieced but only has three pieces.   Hopefully by the end of this week I'll get the job I'm interviewing for.  In the meantime, there is plenty to do in the sewing room!

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12 comments:

Janet O. said...

Wow, you certainly have made the most of your "time out" from work.
Great projects!
Good luck with the job!

Joyful Quilter said...

Pillow butts - that's the official scientific name right? They look great - love the fabric.
Good luck with the job.

carol fun said...

Great projects...I've had similar problems getting a pillow form into a pillow case. One trick a friend told me was to wrap the pillow form in a piece of dry cleaning plastic bag. The form slips in more easily and then you can pull out the plastic. Hope stitching the pillow butts closed goes quickly!

Chantal said...

All lovely projects. Especially love the placemats with the pocket. So cute. I might do one to bring to work. :)
There's one trick for stuffing pillows that I like. First put the form in a plastic bag than it will glide into the pillow casing more easily. If you tape the plastic bag shut real good, when you leave the pillows outside and it rains, only the outer self will get wet. Just saying. At any rate I love the fabric you used. It makes such a beautiful statement.

Karendianne said...

Love the spring placemats. Fun stitching!!!

Lorraine said...

Good luck with the job - you have certainly been keeping busy during your 'holiday'.

Stephanie said...

You've been busy. The pillow butts made me giggle. :o) I think the placemats for homebound seniors is really a gift of heart.

Shay said...

Placemats are never truly finished until they’ve been doused in the remnants of a meal. Congrats on the finish and the mandatory christening of the placemats.

Love your outdoor cushions too – I’ve been contemplating making some for our outdoor setting , but the fact I have to make at least 12 is putting me off.....

Kate said...

Fun projects. I love those pillows! They are just right for summer. Have fun stitching for now. Fingers are crossed that your interview went well and you now have a new job.

Alycia said...

LOVE your placemats!!! So.... do you wash them and then have to press them to use them again? Or does all that lovely quilting keep them flat enough?

Placemats are on my bucket list -)

Quilter Kathy said...

HA HA pillow butts! Too funny!

Tanya said...

How do you do your three step zig-zag? I got out my walking foot yesterday and tried to quilt something but everything pulled all wrong and I ended up taking out stitches and doing it all free hand. My walking foot almost never get used! And that zig-zag stitch too! I need a change of quilting techniques.