Wednesday, December 5, 2012

small finishes

Somehow, there just was not much sewing action in the last couple of days. I've still been feeling sort of blah from that flu I got about 2 weeks ago and the fact that my kids are taking turns getting sick is definitely not helping.

I did, however, manage to finish the two throw pillows for my mom. This was definitely a push out of my comfort zone as the colors my mom chose are not "my" colors, at all. I like working with cool colors, they are my friends, I feel comfortable around them, but browns, reds, and oranges just don't do it for me. 

Well, this is pillow #1. I went with simple patchwork and I really like the way it turned out. It seems simple patchwork can be sort of deceiving, looking all plain and humble, but in the end it never disappoints.

I especially love the secondary pattern quilting brings in.

I decided to go more complicated with the second pillow. This paper pieced Tallahassee block is probably my most favorite block at the moment. It's not a quick block and takes some precise sewing to get it to look just right, but I think all that extra work is so worth it.


I did my favorite zipper closure for both of these pillows and finished them off by attaching the binding the same way I would for a quilt.

Oh, by the way, a tutorial on how to install a zipper closure is coming up very soon.

How is your Christmas sewing going? Are you working on any presents?

37 comments:

  1. Ahhh, very nice! I, too, like warm, but I like cool, also! Looking forward to the zip tute, and thanks in advance!

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  2. Beautiful Pillows!!:) Any finish is big to me.

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  3. Svetlana, you are my inspiration for pillows! I can't wait to get to that section of my sewing list. Some Christmas gifts finished, hot pads, dish cloths and drawstring bags. Now working on a requested Christmas quilt.

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  4. I love those pillows! And hooray for a zipper tutorial! I was wondering how you did that.

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  5. Beautiful pillows! Sorry you've been blah - happened to me after being sick in Sept. Not fun!

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  6. the pillows are lovely! I'm a warm color girl in general... I think I'm about done with Christmas sewing (but then I always say that and there's always something else to do)

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  7. Love your Tallahassee blocks. I tried those for a mini swap and even though they were pretty cute, they didn't begin to match up as beautifully as yours did. Practice, practice I guess.
    Hope everyone starts to feeling better!

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  8. Beautiful pillows! I'm taking a note of the diagonal quilting on the simple patchwork--great idea. And I'm with you on the cool colors are my friends thing.

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  9. They might be out of your comfort zone, but they are beautiful :)

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  10. Gosh, I love these! Very beautiful. :)

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  11. Well, you are making progress on your gifts =). I'm working on a quilt for my mom and need to make another bag for a friend. I'm so glad to be able to sew for people!

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  12. Beautiful! Love them. And the backs make them look so perfect.

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  13. These are gorgeous! I am going to have to try that Tallahassee block, it is a stunner :)

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  14. Some more awesome pillows Svetlana. I especially like the paper pieced one.

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  15. They are so pretty! And I can't wait to see how you do that zipper closure because I really love the look of it. :)

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  16. You are so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really want to learn how to do the zipper enclosure and I'm getting ready to make another pillow so please stop laying around and watching tv all day and write that tutorial (just kidding! I know you are super busy!!!).

    I do love those pillows for your mom. One of my friends has a sister who is pretty hoity toity and she has an interior decorator. My friend told me some of her "secrets" to interior design and one of them is to have a color that you repeat in every room to just kind of tie the whole house together. You'd think my color would be purple because it's my favorite, but orange is the color we seem to have everywhere, so I really really like these pillows. They'd look great in my house:)

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  17. I really like the block in the second one. Both are beautiful.

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  18. they're so cute! perfect little gifts. ♥

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  19. These pillows are to die for! Love everything about them!

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  20. These are just beautiful pillows! Orange is seriously one of my most favorite colors at the present time. Your mother will be so happy with these pillows. Hope you are feeling back to speed soon.

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  21. These are pretty.. I love the colours! Love how they look freseh with the simple quilting.. I love making small pouches and bags for gifts..

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  22. Beautiful pillows - love the autumny colours!

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  23. they are both so beautiful even if they aren't your normal colors! they look like autumn!

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  24. Great job on them, and hope you're all feeling 100% soon!

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  25. These are so great! I love the simple patchwork one. Those seem to be calling my name lately.

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  26. Beautiful! I'm an Autumn girl so these colours are right up my street! I'm sure your mum will love them. Your quilting lines are immaculate! Jxo

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  27. Stunning pillows. I am hardly getting any time to sew at the moment, so am living vicariously through blogs!!

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  28. Love, love, love! I'm excited to see your zipper tutorial now that I'm on the pillow bandwagon. I've got a list of things to finish for Christmas in the next few weeks. Not sure at this point how much of it is going to get done!

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  29. Not my colors either, but they are beautiful! I hope everyone is feeling better soon.

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  30. I really like these pillows. I have the most boring throw pillows on my couch...I may add some to the list of things to do!!

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  31. Lovely pillows.
    I decided to cancel Christmas sewing as my little ones decide that some extra time for mommy is not allowed. That means that they like attention in the evening, too. *sigh*

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  32. I'm hoping that you get to feeling better really soon! Afterall, you are one of my favorite bloggers and I'm selfish! Ha.

    Seriously, take good care of yourself.

    Hugs

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  33. I have to say the simple patchwork pillow is my favorite

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