Monday, June 25, 2012

Topical Storm Sewing

Happy Monday!

I'm over here in Florida, wearing arm floaties, trying to keep my head above water. Seriously. Tropical storm Debby is making it very gloomy over here. Yesterday the entire state was green on the weather map.

BUT. There's only a week left until Christmas in July starts! I hope you're gearing up. And a little birdie told me that there might be a giveaway on the first day ;)

As for in the meantime, I did manage to run outside during the 15 minute break from torrential downpours so that I could take some pictures of my completed Pillow Talk Swap pillow!

I'm still not sure if this is something my partner will like, but hopefully she will at least see that I put a lot of time and effort into making something for her.

 Look! Not an envelope closure! That's progress, people. That is an invisible zipper. Made semi-visible by the fact that it is crooked and a little wrinkly. I think it wrinkled because I used interfacing where the zipper was, for extra strength.


There is a different kind of quilting in each section, each done in a thread to match the section. Gray: pebbles. Green: straight line. Maroon: Free-motion diamonds. White: Free-motion scribbles. Teal: Echo. The aqua section is blissfully unquilted.

I never want to see a pebble again. Like, even in real life. Just the border took me about 2 hours and 3.5 bobbins of thread. I stopped with about 3 inches of empty border space left to quilt, and I almost didn't have the will to do it. Pathetic.

But then there's pictures like this.

And this.

That makes it all worth it. 

Ok, actually, the last picture looks stupid because I don't have a pillow form big enough. But if I did...oh if I did...

*Linked with Canoe Ridge Creations, SewHappyGeek, and Quilt Story!


  1. It looks great! I'm super impressed with your invisible zipper, I almost always cop out and just do the folded-over flap closure. Good on you for the extra effort! I hope you can stay dry!

  2. Well, I think it looks great and I"m sure your partner will love it. Your design is unique, which is always awesome! And wow, super impressed with that pebbling. I've always loved that look, though it seems like everyone says how time consuming and thread consuming it is, doesn't make it sound very appealing to try!

    Take care.

  3. That looks amazing! I'm sure your partner will love it!
    The quilting looks awesome. How cool that you did a different pattern for each section! =D

  4. LOVE the pillow!! Great job on the zipper too :) Hope you're staying dry!

  5. Same here, we are trying to stay dry over here in Tampa, but it looks like it will be a few days before the flooding goes away. Till then we are stuck in. Love your pillow it came out great. Never thought to use a zipper like that on the back. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love the look of the 'missing' corners, it's my favourite part. Those pebbles are cool too though :) I want to try that sometime, on something super tiny..haha. I love the colour combo too. Whoever this is for, they will love it, guarenteed!

  7. Beautiful! Stay safe and dry!!

  8. It's fabulous. Great quilting, I love the look of pebble quilting, shame it's so time consuming.

  9. Awesome pillow! It kind of looks like a stylized weather map of a hurricane, did you notice that? Fitting, right?

    The pebble quilting is gorgeous so good for you for sticking with it. I don't know how people like Angela do whole quilts with pebbles. It's definitely easier on the longarm, but I can only do about half an hour of it at a time before my neck and shoulders cramp up so badly that I need a break. I love the look, though, so I guess it's worth it.

  10. Your pebble quilting looks great, definitely worth the time and effort. Sure your swap partner will love the pillow.


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