Tuesday, November 27, 2012

this and that...

Last couple of days were good. I've been working my way through the list of Christmas presents for my family and it feels great to check then off as I go. And, since I felt all happy and on track last night, I decided to take a little break and worked on this paper pieced polar bear block instead.


Isn't he the sweetest? He'll look even better once I find some good buttons for his eyes, of course.
 I used the pattern by Sonja (artisania) from the book Pretty in Patchwork Holidays.

I'm  also almost done with two pillows for my mom. She asked for orange, brown, and white colors with some touches of red. Wow, not my usual colors at all, so to come up with something I'd like was quite a challenge. Here's a peek at one of the pillows.


I decided to go with simple patchwork and I think it's the quilting that's going to "make" this pillow. I did some paper piecing for the other one - pictures coming later.

Speaking of paper pieced pillows, I never really showed you the pillow I made for Kristie in our swap. I used this tutorial  and, as usual, I'm simply amazed at how perfectly seams match up when I paper piece my blocks.


Once my paper pieced blocks were finished, I framed them with two borders, installed the zipper closure on the back, and bound the pillow as I would a quilt. Finished size of this pillow is 18" x 18".


What have you been up to? Any Christmas sewing?

I'm linking this post up to Lee's WIP Wednesday. See you there.

29 comments:

  1. Love that pillow for Kristie!!! Fantastic!

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  2. So different, the icy pillow and polar bear from the fall colored pillow for your mom. But all lovely.

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  3. Gorgeous - everything is simply gorgeous :>

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  4. The pillow you made for your swap is so pretty! I like the pattern a lot. And the pillows for your mom are looking great, too. I can see how they normally aren't your colors but they look so good together.

    That is the book I am giving away on the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day. I have been carrying my copy around for days in my bag and every chance I get I am leafing through it. But it is so funny that I never even noticed that polar bear and he is so cute! I am fixated on the Ho Ho Ho pillow which is the first thing I am going to make as soon as the fabric I ordered arrives. What kind of buttons are you going to use for the eyes?

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  5. Ooooh...how do I get on your gift list? I love all of these! Your style is so consistent and quite appealing, no matter what you make!

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  6. Everything looks so beautiful -- love that pillow for your mom! I'm very slowly making progress on things, Christmas presents too. I'd love to get a few solid hours this week to officially check some things off!

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  7. what beautiful projects there Svetlana.xx

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  8. Oh my gosh, I just love everything about that last pillow. I find red hard to work with too.

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  9. I like both your pillows...I think I need to learn how to paper piece as the second one is wonderful. Thanks for sharing and for the chance at your giveaway.

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  10. Such pretty and sweet projects! I have just finished sewing an advent calendar. Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  11. Each of these projects is just so beautiful!

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  12. oh I especially love your pillow! You've gotten so much done. I've only gotten one Christmas gift done & it was for an exchange last weekend. Hope to prep a bunch this weekend!

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  13. That polar bear is so cute and your pillows are beautiful

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  14. Being a child of the '70's I love the brown, orange and red combo! Your cushion is gorgeous, as is the 'almost' polar bear! Jxo

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  15. Love, love,love it all (especially my pillow of course!)

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  16. I love your pillows. Absolutely beautiful

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  17. Your pillows are so beautiful. And the polar bear adorable!

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  18. Beautiful pillows. I might have to give that paper pieced pattern a go.

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  19. I love the pillow. Feels like summer. And it reminds me of the orange pinwheel in my garden. Maybe this is something for me, too.

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  20. All three of your projects are wonderful! Who can resist a cute polar bear?

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  21. Awesome pillow!!!
    Wow!
    Pat T.
    in Michigan

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  22. I love it all (I always do!!!), but the polar bear is especially cute :)

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  23. That second pillow is particularly gorgeous. And I love how everything lines up when one does it with paper pieceing! (well, almost everything!)

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  24. The pillow is amazing, but the bear is so cute!

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  25. Oh I love that bear! The others are great, but I'm a big bear fan :o)

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  26. Your paper pieced pillow looks great. I just finished an Xmas present tonight it is a jewelry pouch.

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  27. Your pillow looks so crisp!! Impeccable work. Have been following you since I saw your butterfly tutorial. Loved that too thanks for the help. You're awesome. Happy Holidays :)

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