Thursday, May 23, 2013

Back to Business!

Hello friends!  I am happy to say that I am finally back from my long break while I moved from Texas to Oklahoma.  It has been an adventure and quite an adjustment and I am still adjusting.

We have been busy moving in, going through boxes and boxes of stuff, and trying to get settled in a new home and town.  I have set up a temporary sewing space while trying to figure out what goes where.  Now my fabric and sewing things are unpacked and ready for business.  It feels so good to be back on the blog.

I have been really itching to make a few quilted pillows.  I purchased the two thicker fabrics at the bottom of the picture above, which are Dandelion and Zig Zag in Girly Blue from the Premier Prints Twill collection.  I decided to use these thicker fabrics as the backing for the pillows and then picked coordinating fabrics for the front.  

The other fabrics are (from left to right):  Alpine Wonderland Berry Blue by Riley Blake Designs, Christmas Tonal Kaleidoscope in Grass Green by Michael Miller, Memoir in Pacific from the Alchemy collection by Amy Butler, Dance in colorway B from Bloomsbury Gardens collection by Liberty of London, Robert Kaufman Kona cotton in Azure, Imperial Paisley in Emerald from the Alchemy collection by Amy Butler, Twirl in Teal from Frippery collection by Andover fabrics, Robert Kaufman Kona cotton in Candy Green, Melon Stripe from Pimetex Basics.


I really love the green Christmas Tonal Kaleidoscope and chose to fussy cut the large designs as the center for the blocks.  I basically framed out each Kaleidoscope square and switched back and forth between solids and prints.  I mitered the corners of the prints and used the same technique demonstrated in my Quilt Border with Mitered Corners Tutorial.


For the second coordinating pillow I chose to make four squares instead of one using the same design.  I love these aqua and green colors together.  It is so soothing and cheerful.


Once the tops were pieced, I pressed them nicely with lots of spray starch on the back to keep them stiff while they are quilted.  It really helps prevent the tucks and pulls.  I know I have said this before, but it makes the quilting process go so much smoother, so it is worth repeating a time or two.



I have really missed sewing and sharing with you and am so excited to be back.

Happy Sewing!
Candace

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11 comments:

  1. Good to see you back again! I love how you combine fabrics from so many different lines.

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  2. I'm glad you're back too! Love everything you make.

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  3. these pillows are beautiful! the colors are so calming. just lovely!

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  4. Welcome, great to hear from you again! Your new pillows will be so beautiful! Lovely water colours and wonderful design! x Teje

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  5. I have missed you Candace... and while you were gone I got bit by this quilting bug and can't get enough... look forward to your posts returning :) You so inspire me with your style of quilting and your attention to detail that I need help with! lol Kathi

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  6. Thank you ladies! I am so happy to be back! Thanks for the support and encouragement!

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  7. Welcome back. You have been missed.

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  8. Welcome! I've been wondering about you and am happy to see that you are back in business! Your pillows will be so pretty, too.

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  9. Hi Candace...I have just noticed you are back. Gorgeous pillow covers. I have just used some of the Amy Butller fabric you have...soo lovely. Hope the settling in continues to go well.

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