Sunday, January 15, 2017

Juicy Fruit :: Mini Pillows

This is kind of a double whammy, maybe even a triple whammy!  It all depends on how you look at it!

I decided to follow along with The Honey Pot Bee hosted by @Molli Sparkles.  You may have heard about it.  Basically, it's a virtual bee where two blocks will be shared each month.  You can make both, make one or make none!  Low key and low stress.  I won't be making all of the blocks, but I was a bit smitten with these little berries!


12" x 12" Berry Pillows 
One of the blocks this month is a strawberry block.  Cute as a bug, don't you think?!  I'm exploring my 'cute' side once again and couldn't resist!  (whammy #1)

The block is by @Skyberries Handmade, and the tutorial for it is available here: Strawberry Block.  



I was for sure going with pink and went with solids because...well, I like solids!  I ransacked my scraps and came up with 17 different shades of pinks.  As I was picking the colors I thought it would be fun to add one little print...mixing it up, taking a chance, giving it a twist...just having fun!



The pink berry was so cute I had to make another one in blue.  The plan for these two was going to be Mini Pillows for a couple who just bought their first house.  A house warming gift. Not only that, they have a son and are expecting a daughter in a few months.  Hence...pink and blue! (whammy #2)



With the blocks finishing at 7 1/2" x 10 1/2", I had to add borders around each side so they would fit my 12" pillow forms.  



The quilting took very little time.  Diagonal lines in the berry using coordinating thread, a little bit in the stem and leaves and 1/4" and 1/2" lines to frame each berry.  Honestly, I wish I had played with FMQ here, but my other machine wasn't set up and I really wanted to keep going with these.  

After the quilting I squared them up and searched high and low for the perfect backing fabric.  It was a good way to use something from my stash and add just a little more pizazz!



It seems every time I make pillows I use the hidden zipper method from SOTAK Handmade, which I love to death!  Even more so now that I glue baste the zipper before sewing it. Which brings me to Whammy #3!  I decided to show you how I glue baste zippers in conjunction to the tutorial.  I'll get that post together in a couple days.  



Berries, fruit, pink...bee's!  It seemed appropriate to me! 



If I had a blue insect, it would be here!  Instead a little frolicking puppy will have to do!



It wasn't until I got towards the end of finishing the pillows, I discovered I didn't have to extra forms like I had thought!  After a few kicks in the behind and freely flying swears...my only option at the time was to make my own forms.  I didn't want to stop progress and hey, that bag of polyfil from years ago...perfect!

They turned out adorable in my opinion!  The size isn't going to make a statement on a couch, but the size is perfect for two little ones to toss around!


Here is the tutorial::  ZIPPER GLUE BASTING TUTORIAL

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25 comments :

  1. Love your berries! So bright and fresh!

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  2. Adorable. Will look forward to learning the glue-baste method. I'm thinking it would be a good guild program ...

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    1. Glue basting zippers changed everything for me!! It didn’t matter how careful I was. I still ended up with my back pieces not lining up because of slipping and sliding!

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  3. cute pillows. I find there are too many quilt alongs in blog land to keep up!! I have my own routine I guess and rarely to the quilt alongs but I will watch your progress :)

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    1. There is no shortage of quilt-a-longs! I decided this year I’m keeping myself open and not signing up for any! With the Honey Pot Bee you can make the blocks or not…and I really like that option!

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  4. These are so cute - a strawberry and a blueberry!

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  5. Very sweet and I'm sure the couple and the kids are going to appreciate your kind gift!

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    1. I figured they would be used and played with by the kids! They really aren’t big enough to be considered a couch or throw pillow!

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  6. Those are the most adorable strawberries ever!

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  7. Those pillows are definitely adorable! What sweet gifts! I'm looking forward to your glue-basting tutorial, too. I've been sewing with zippers for awhile, but always struggle with keeping the zipper where it belongs while wrestling it through the machine!

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    1. I couldn’t resist a little sweetness with these blocks! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who struggles with zippers! The glue basting tutorial is in conjunction with the hidden zipper tutorial. I have it just about ready…Tuesday it will be posted!

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  8. Super sweet! I still have some strawberry plans myself!

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  9. Very cute little pillows! I really like how the two pillows use different colorways, they go really well together.

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  10. These are fabulous! Great use of the January block!

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    1. I’m so glad you picked this block for January! I never would have ‘gone there’ otherwise! It’s always fun going in to a totally different direction than what I’m use to!

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  11. Lovely ! Can't wait to see your glue basting method.

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  12. Simply adorable! I loved this block when I saw it but didn't make one. I sure love yours! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  13. These are adorable. I'm sure they will love the gift. Looking forward to your glue basting tutorial.

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  14. These are adorable and the perfect house warming gift.

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  15. I love your berries , for some reason particularly the leaves . I'm also kicking myself here , this very afternoon I gave away a cushion infill that was too big and a lot of silk offcuts that would have done for backing any future blocks I make

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  16. Zippers are my Kryptonite. Thanks for the tips!

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  17. Love these pretty quilts! So bright and colorful.

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  18. The pillows each turned out super sweet! The addition of one print square was brilliant! I loved reading about all the details and how they are destined to be tossed about by a pair of wee ones. Such a wonderful house and heart warming gift!

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  19. Long time, no see! Well, at least on my end. Bad, bad bloggy pal. Thanks for the heads up on The Honey Pot Bee. I'm very tempted. Isn't it funny how January brings so many new things to quilty world? Anja is a big fan of SOTAK's hidden zipper tutorial as well. I might just have to give it a try.

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