Sunday, January 25, 2009

Quilted pillows

A very good friend of mine was celebrating her 30th birthday last night. I made her pillows, based on her favourite colors.

The pillows are 20" square, I bought the actual pillow at Ikea, and made the pillowcases to fit.
This is the first one I finished, and look...I quilted a grid!! First time ever! I am pretty excited about that, I love grid quilting, but I could never do it. I did find out, what a difference a walking foot makes. Lol.

The next top is kaleidoscope blocks. I think these are so fun to sew :) And not at all as difficult as they look...
I had some trouble deciding how to quilt this one, but finally figured I might as well just try out the design I really liked -nomatter how intimidating.

So this is what I quilted, the quilting shows up best on the back. The front of each pillow is made like a mini-quilt before I assembled the pillowcase.
This is how the kaleidoscopes look after quilting
The last pillow-front is a snowball-pattern.
These are 20" sq....each snowball is 5"sq....at some late hour I then figured out that meant I would need 25 snowballs....yep! I messed up the math again ;) I really need to decide on layouts at a decent hour!

Here is a picture of all 3 pillows
My friend loves them, and that makes me so happy!

I am incredibly behind on blog-reading. I have over a hundred unread posts in my reader, and I can't wait to come by and see what you have all been up to!

32 comments:

anne from finland said...

Wow Tine! What a great job you´ve done!!! The pillows look really good! IKEA pillows are good and I buy them often when visiting at IKEA. I think I will make also some new pillows to bring colour to our livingroom! Have a nice week!

Jackie said...

Fantastic pillows! I love the colors and the designs. You did a terrific job quilting them. They turned out great, it is no wonder why your friend loves them.

Trisha said...

The pillows all look great! I love the colors! What a great small project to try out some new quilting techniques.

thriftymrs said...

Tine! You talented thing.

mtnchild said...

They are beautiful - I would never have a bad day looking at the colors. They are so cheerful. Beautiful quilting!

Yvette

Fiesta said...

Tine those pillows are awesome! You did an outstanding job!

Frogdancer said...

They look so effective standing next to each other. Good job!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a lovely personalised gift!! Your friend is very lucky - I can't decide which is my favourite - they all look so good.

ladydi said...

Who-hoo! Nicely done, and what a wonderful gift. Your quilting and piecing are great, and such cheerful colors! Every time she sees her pillows she'll think of you. Nice!

Emily said...

Very Pretty! Your friend is lucky!

Tina said...

I love making pillows too. Yours turned out great! Your friend is so lucky to be the recipient of these beautiful pillows.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic pillows!


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kvinta said...

My favorite is the snowball one: I really, really like that you have used the background fabric for one of the snowballs! Good job :)

Tonya said...

Those pillows are fabulous, Tine! What a wonderful gift to receive, your friend must have been thrilled!

Messy Karen said...

a artistic display of quilting. what a great idea.

amandajean said...

i really love those pillows! you did a great job on them.

jacquie said...

great pillows...so bold! i love the quilting you did too. totally original.

LauraJ said...

blogger ate my comment. I was trying to say you made such beautiful pillows! what a wonderful friend you are!

Melanie said...

Hia Tine,

what a lovely job you made of the quilting. I really must get braver and learn to machine quilt. Your idea of quilted cushions seems like the ideal project to try the technique out. :-)

The red and turquoise together is so beautiful. Well done.

Helen said...

Love these pillows Tine! Great quilting too!

Eileen said...

Oh man I am loving these colors!! Happy birthday to your lucky friend!!

Dana said...

Tine everything looks so great. The pillow. The quilting. The quilt. Man! You've been busy!

Shellie said...

Sweet pillows! You did an awesome job :)

I'm just the opposite when it comes to quilting and wish I could free-motion quilt as well as you do. Grid quilting is my only move!

Someday I'll brave the free-motion world.

:)S

mathea said...

Great pillows - your friend is so lucky! You did really well on the quilting too. An do you know: we have been working with the same fabric - look at the one to the far left on my zigzag :-)

Dandelion Quilts said...

I love the kaleidoscope blocks! They do look hard. Humm, maybe I will have to give them a try someday.

Dandelion Quilts said...

I love the kaleidoscope blocks! They do look hard. Humm, maybe I will have to give them a try someday.

Leah said...

The kaleidoscope pillow is great - the quilting is so unusual but lovely

Suzanne said...

Hey Tine, just checking in to see everything is OK.
Hope all is well.

mathea said...

Just checking in - hope you're having a nice birthday! According to my calculations it is today, right? :-)

Marie' said...

Just wondering how you have been. The hour glass pattern is pretty close to the top of my quilting list. Your pillows turned out great.

ladydi said...

What has become of Miss Tine?
She's been gone for such a long time. She's busy, we know, with class, craft, and family, but we miss our very nice friend.

jacquie said...

tine,
am just checking in...hoping all is well...sure miss hearing from you.
take care!