Thursday, August 30, 2012

what a bunch of squares

Yay! Last night I finished my "what a bunch of squares" pillow.


The design is based on a quilt by Denyse Schmidt called What a bunch of squares, so I'm calling this little guy that, too. I really enjoyed making these simple improv blocks. I did not use a ruler to cut my fabric since I wanted to keep my blocks more organic with some slight wonk here and there.


My choice of fabric was inspired by this Chicopee print. I used only a tiny bit of Chicopee in two blocks and the rest of the fabric was from my stash. I'm glad that instead of the usual Kona white I went with white linen - I love the feel of linen, I should use it more often.


Staying true to my newly found obsession, I hand quilted the pillow top. Once again, I'm totally in love with the lovely extra dimension and texture hand quilting adds to every single project.


I let Chicopee come out and play once again, this time in a much bigger dose, for the pillow backing. I made a zipper closure, my favorite, I think this kind of closure makes pillows look really nice and plump.


Do you see that purple zipper? No, I was not going for some crazy "splash of color", it was the only zipper long enough I had on hand. I'm glad I used it, though. It saved me a trip to the fabric store and no one can even tell what color the zipper, nicely hidden under that pretty Chicopee, is.


I then used this Chicopee print for the binding, and voila!!! my new, very Denyse Schmidt, pillow cover was finished!


And here it is, hanging out with its "pillow buddies" in our family room. Oh, have I ever mentioned I really love making pillows? You'd never have guessed, right?

Thanks for stopping by. Svetlana

22 comments:

  1. They are all so beautiful. Such pretty bright and cheerful colours and the hand stitching is amazing.

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  2. I love the freedom of improv piecing, it looks great :o)

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  3. Beautiful, fits in perfect with the other pillows! Kx

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  4. Beautiful! All of your pillows look so cheerful together.
    I love the fabric you used for the back.

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  5. Goodness - what a pretty, pretty bunch of pillows!

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  6. So pretty and your hand quilting makes it so special. Love how it looks with your other pillows too!

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  7. Your newest pillow looks right at home! The back is perfect! I've never sewn a zipper in a square pillow but yours always look so perfect I want to learn.

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  8. Love all your pillows! great hand job on the latest one.. I love your new banner/header too!!

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  9. Can I just say I love your style and your work!! It's such a joy to find out what you're working on....and I especially love your DS Spools quilt....oh my....just beautiful!

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous! Pinning it. :)

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  11. your pillow collection is awesome!
    I need to learn how to put a zipper in like that too... purple or not. ;)
    beautiful work!

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  12. Love those pillows! Your hand quilting is amazing!

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  13. I love the bright colors against white!

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  14. Finished my first living room pillow last night. I'm hooked!

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  15. You make such beautiful pieces!! Always love to see what you are up to.

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  16. I LOVE this pillow. And really, the purple zipper is like a fun little secret!

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  17. Love those colors together and all the pillows together look so fresh and lovely!

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  18. oh i love them all! so so pretty!

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  19. Beautiful! And I could just dive into that pile of pillows :)

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  20. oh these are lovely cushions! Can't say I enjoy making them, but yours are sure tempting me!

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