Friday, March 6, 2015

Day 5 of The Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop

Day 5 of the Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop !

            Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop
                             March 6





Welcome to my first Blog Hop on Susie's Sunroom!

I invited six "super star" quilters to make a pillow  "any way you like" from  one pattern-   
     the Simply Striped Accent Pillow Pattern   { available on my Craftsy here}!

Today, the fifth  day of the blog hop, we will see the pillow that Lara,   (soon- to -be published AQS) book  designer and  quilter , of BuzzinBumble blog, has created!




Meet Lara @ BuzzinBumble  blog

From Lara~


A Fine Romance - Simply Striped Pillow

Hello, this is Lara, guest posting from BuzzinBumble, and I'm tickled pink to have been asked by Susie to be a part of her Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop! 

I really enjoyed working with Susie's pattern.  It has lots of great photos and step by step details that make it easy to follow.  The envelope closure, disguised as a stripe, is a really nice touch!  My pillow is 16", which Susie gives the dimensions for as a bonus at the end of her pattern.  

My daughter Kaitie came over and helped me as I was putting this together.  To her goes the credit for the silly surprise, which you will see as you read this post.   As I put this together, I was going for a granny chic look and channeled my inner Dottie Angel.  


A Fine Romance - Simply Striped Pillow

I named the pillow "A Fine Romance" from the sassy Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire song in the movie "Swing Time".  It is made almost entirely from scraps and one pretty vintage hankie.  The three main fabric pieces (which you can see on the back) are Andover's Downton Abbey - Dowager's Paisley in black / Athill Range by Cabbages and Roses - Perrymead in aqua / and Pepper Cory - Peppered Cottons in oyster.  

This pillow also makes a great project to experiment with free-motion quilting.  If you read my blog, you know that I am a fan of Christina Cameli and am just starting to learn to FMQ.  I played with three of the patterns from Christina's latest book on this pillow.   You can't see the design that I quilted on the front Downton fabric and it's a darn good thing too, because I couldn't see it either as I worked on it. Aack!   The fabric design hides it well.  However, I did use a freestyle version of "Impulsive" on the aqua Athill fabric on the back of the pillow and I adapted Christina's "Verdure" motif to use as a border treatment on the back stripe.  My work was wobbly, but I'm still pretty happy with the outcome.  

Here is a photo of the back of the pillow, lit from the side, so you can see my attempts:


A Fine Romance - Simply Striped Pillow - Back View

Susie has kindly offered her wonderful Simply Striped Pillow pattern as a giveaway for us blog hoppers and I am pairing it as a giveaway on my blog with a copy of Christina's fabulous new book "Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting".    

To enter for a chance to win, just leave a comment on any of Susie's Simply Striped Blog Hop Days and then come over to my blog at BuzzinBumble and let me know you did by commenting on my giveaway post also.  Don't forget to enter Susie's great giveaway too!  Both of our giveaways end on Friday, March 13th. 

Okay, now to reveal the little bit of secret silliness on my pillow.  We decided to quilt words on the front stripe and hide them under the hankie.  The words Kaitie came up with cracked me up - "Dress Classy, Dance Cheesy".   That pretty much describes both of my girls, neither of whom has any concern over what others think of their dancing, even when they look like Elaine, from Seinfeld.  LOL  I quilted the words in light green , so it doesn't show through unless you lift the hankie and peek.  



A Fine Romance - She should have dropped her hankie
~ Lara

Romantic and whimsical,   patchwork-y and vintage.... all stitched together  into an elegant pillow!  The secret embroidery words under the hankie remind me of a dancer's whisper to his  partner!


Be sure to hop on over to BuzzinBumble blog  {here} to enter in Lara's giveaway!


The schedule of bloggers, in case you have missed a day ~

The Schedule-    here at Susie's Sunroom  :     
                        
March 2   Elaine    Summercrafter       

March 3   Susie  Susie's Sunroom      

March 4   Geta      Geta's Quilting Studio     

March 5   Sheri   Sunshine in the Attic         

March 6   Lara    BuzzinBumble          

March 7   Amanda    The Patchsmith   

March 8   Amy  Amy Made That!     


And don' t forget to go to the first day of the blog hop , and sign up there for
THE GIVEAWAY:    
               ~  will remain  open until Friday, March 13 , 2015  12:00 pm  EST 
                       click here  to enter


Thank you for stopping by today!
Come by tomorrow to see what Amanda, of  The Patchsmith blog , has made!


1. The pattern              2. Summercrafter                       3.  Susie's Sunroom             4   Geta's Quilting Studio

5.  Sunshine In The Attic     6.  BuzzinBumble                                     



I'm off to my sewing room!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Day 4 of the Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop

Day 4 of the Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop !

            Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop
                             March 5





Welcome to my first Blog Hop on Susie's Sunroom!

I invited six "super star" quilters to make a pillow  "any way you like" from  one pattern-   
     the Simply Striped Accent Pillow Pattern   { available on my Craftsy here}!

Today, the fourth day of the blog hop,  we'll see the pillow that creative artist, designer and longarm quilter  Sheri, of Sunshine In The Attic blog, has made!


Meet Sheri  @ Sunshine In the Attic blog

From Sheri:



Greetings!  Or should I say, "Top o' the mornin' to ya!"  



I'm so happy to be a guest in the Sunroom and have loved making my pillow for the SSPBH!  


When I heard the hop was to be in March, I knew that mine would have a St. Patrick's Day theme.  



I gathered these fabrics and made this paper pieced shamrock.  But somehow, somewhere, the black fabrics and the shamrock disappeared and remain lost, despite my best searching efforts!  Someday, I hope the mystery will be solved!


As the date for the hop approached, I had to start over.



I selected these alternative fabrics and once I got the shamrocks paper pieced,  it took only an hour to construct the pillow, using Susie's excellent pattern!


Then I grabbed the bin of St. Pat's decorations for the photo op. and look what I found!


This is the table topper I made last March with Susie and the Across the Pond Quilt Along group!  Check out the link for the free pattern and other ATP St. Pat's projects.



The free paper pieced shamrock pattern is by Jennifer at Sew Hooked.  I shrunk it down a bit and left off a lobe on two of them to add variety and save time.


 Susie's pattern is easy to follow, quick, and has a very professional flair to it!  The iron on interfacing and fleece add just the right amount of body to the pillow cover.


I'm so pleased with the envelope closure (my first).  It is quick and easy and has a nice finished look.

Thanks Susie for letting me be a guest and to all of you for visiting me here in the Sunroom!

~Sheri

I just love Sheri's  beautiful and delightful St. Patrick's Day pillow!!   This is a  gorgeous holiday keepsake to enjoy for  years to come!  I hope that naughty Leprechaun brings back her  shamrock blocks!!    Check out Sunshine In the Attic for a giveaway this week!


The schedule of bloggers, in case you have missed a day ~

The Schedule-    here at Susie's Sunroom  :   
                         
March 2   Elaine    Summercrafter       

March 3   Susie  Susie's Sunroom      

March 4   Geta      Geta's Quilting Studio     

March 5   Sheri   Sunshine in the Attic         

March 6   Lara    BuzzinBumble          

March 7   Amanda    The Patchsmith   

March 8   Amy  Amy Made That!     



And don' t forget to go to the first day of the blog hop , and sign up there for
THE GIVEAWAY:    
               ~  will remain  open until Friday, March 13 , 2015  12:00 pm  EST 
                       click here  to enter



Thank you for stopping by today!
Stop by tomorrow and see what Lara,  of BuzzinBumble blog, has made for the blog hop!



    1.  The Pattern        2.  Summercrafter        3. Susie's Sunroom
                    

4. Geta's Quilting Studio   5. Sunshine In the Attic






I'm off to my sewing room!






Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Day 3 of The Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop

Day 3 of the Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop !

            Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop
                             March 4





Welcome to my first Blog Hop on Susie's Sunroom!

I invited six "super star" quilters to make a pillow  "any way you like" from  one pattern-   
     the Simply Striped Accent Pillow Pattern   { available on my Craftsy here}!

Today, the third day of the blog hop, we will see the pillow that Geta,  quilting goddess and designer,  of Geta's Quilting Studio, has made !

Meet Geta @ Geta's Quilting Studio  blog


Hi! My name is Geta and I love colors and sewing quilts and bags.

I was glad when Susie invited me to sew a pillow using her first pattern.
Susie is an extraordinary pattern tester. I know it because she tested many of my patterns. Her feedback is always very helpful. So I wasn't surprised when I read the pattern: lots of clear pictures and detailed instructions. 

And here are my pillows. Yes, I just had to make two.


This pattern is perfect for that treasured strip of fabric you have in your stash and don't have the heart to use it!!


I modified a little of the width of the center strip, only to be able to use the whole motif of this beautiful Jenean Morrison fabric.



For the two side panels I used solid fabric. Then I was happy quilting a grid with very closed lines.




I usually quilt with neutral colors but on this piece I chose to quilt in green.



The entire family loved the simple but textured look.





 And the "sister" pillow!


Quilted with yellow thread.


Great project for beginners or a fun break for advanced quilters! And definitely, a quick and easy gift to sew.

~Geta

  These are so elegant, aren't they?   Geta made both of  her stunning  pillows in the 16 inch square pillow size... perfect for showing off her exquisite green and yellow quilting designs!    (The 16 inch pillow dimensions are a bonus in the pattern.)

Go on over  to Geta's Quilting Studio to see details  about her own giveaway!  {here }

The schedule of bloggers, in case you have missed a day ~

The Schedule-    here at Susie's Sunroom  :                             
March 2   Elaine    Summercrafter       

March 3   Susie  Susie's Sunroom      

March 4   Geta      Geta's Quilting Studio     

March 5   Sheri   Sunshine in the Attic         

March 6   Lara    BuzzinBumble          

March 7   Amanda    The Patchsmith   

March 8   Amy  Amy Made That!     



And don' t forget to go to the first day of the blog hop , and sign up there for 
THE GIVEAWAY:    
               ~   it will remain  open until Friday, March 13 , 2015  12:00 pm  EST 
                       click here  to enter



Thank you for stopping by today!

Come by tomorrow to see what Sheri, of Sunshine in the Attic, blog has made!


1. The pattern              2. Summercrafter                       3.  Susie's Sunroom             4   Geta's Quilting Studio




I'm off to my sewing room!