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Before I begin, Special Thanks to Amy at Amy's Creative Side, for hosting the semi-annual event. What a great way for the online community to share their creations and find inspiration! If you haven't done so you must jump over and check out the linked up talent. It's amazing. Thanks so much Amy!!
Meet "Nest" by Valorie Wells for Free Spirit!
Once I knew she wanted them I started by choosing thread colors: Doesn't that Aurifil thread match perfectly ? The panels are layered with Hobbs Poly and an inexpensive muslin fabric (it won't show once you've made the envelope back).
|Panels off the bolt -- choosing thread color|
Oh my, I'm loving how these look!
At this point I was stuck -- where to go from here? I considered stopping but was fearful that the pretty yellow fabric would get snagged, dirty or torn over the years, especially in the living room. So I took a chance and emailed one of my favorite Free Motion Quilting Mentors, Wendy Sheppard. Check out Wendy's fantastic blog here: Ivory Spring and her free motion Thread Talk here.
It's my lucky day... Wendy writes and suggests a McTavishing approach to finish the pillows! Really? But...I've never done that! Now the panic sets in. Deep breaths... OK, following my own advice I jump over to Wendy's Thread Talk, find Wendy's Nifty Little S's tutorial. I practice on paper and on sample fabric before I give it a try.
Here is the first panel after quilting (I used Aurifil Mako 50/2 for the FMQ).
Here are a few more pictures of the completed pillows:
My sister and I were both thrilled with the pillows! I must say that if you're just learning to Free Motion Quilt choosing panels to "cut your threads" on is a great idea. They allow you to practice without fear of hurting a pieced quilt AND you'll have something to use when you're finished. I hope you give it a whirl!
If you would like to read the original tutorial and make an envelope pillow like these, the tutorial is found here or by clicking on the image below:
Oh, the details:
Entry Name: Quilted Bird Pillows
Category: Home Machine Quilted Quilts
Creator: Karen Miller
Size: 10 x 14
Fabric: Nest by Valori Wells for Free Spirit
Thread: Aurifil Mako 50/2
Machine: Quilted on my home Janome Horizon
For more pillow fun -- check out my Family Tree Quilted Envelope Pillows featured here and on the Moda Bake Shop!
Thanks again for stopping by!
Linking up to Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventure (3/2014) where she is hosting an awesome McTavishing Series