Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sugar Loaf Pillow


I've been back from Quiltcon for just over a month and while I've been quiet here on the blog, I've been busy catching up on my sewing commitments. One of those commitments was the Great Pillow Fight Swap. I had an idea for a little paper pieced triangle block but I wasn't sure which way to go with colours. I made a few blocks to test the idea out.

Making a start and hesitating

But I still couldn't decide what to do about colours. I was thinking of keeping it black and white...

Black and White Option

or maybe going with a whole rainbow of colour...

Rainbow Option

In the end I went with both options, and a few low volume plus colour blocks as well. Which is why my next problem was how to lay them out. I played with the blocks for ages trying out all sorts of options. In the end I went with this general layout... (I moved a few of these blocks before sewing them together).

Layout options

For quilting inspiration I went to Jacquie Gering and her wonderful Craftsy class, Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot. This class is so good! I learnt so many things, the number one thing I learnt was don't run with your walking foot. I had no idea that I was supposed to go slowly, mostly when I'm quilting I'm trying to go as fast as I can, so this was a whole new concept. And boy did it work! I'm really thrilled with how the quilting came out on this, I think I can say that it's the best quilting I've ever done. Here's a close up of the quilting...

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It's much denser than I usually do, I love the texture of it. I used the serpentine stitch on my machine and followed Jacquie's tips for keeping the lines running straight and close together.
 
For the binding I chose the black text print from Violet Craft's line, Madrona Road. I only had a little of this fabric left, just enough to finish the pillow. It makes the cutest binding!
 


 
 
I'm calling it the Sugar Loaf pillow because of the 'Sugar' text in the Suzuko Koseki fabric (top, middle). I can't wait to send this off to my partner. Also, in case you're interested, I'm planning a tutorial for this block so stay tuned! Now back to my to-do list!














22 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how much I love this. It's perfect in every way! The fabric choices are just perfect and I'd just about kill for a serpentine stitch on my machine......; )

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  2. oh yeah for an upcoming tutorial cuz I LOVE this! Terrific design decisions all the way!

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  3. Fabulous pillow Rachel, you have one very lucky partner.

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  4. Fabulous pillow Rachel, you have one very lucky partner.

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  5. Your design and layout is perfect!

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  6. Wow, amazingly beautiful pillow cover! I look forward to your tutorial

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  7. I can't wait for the tutorial! You are the Queen of Awesome Blocks!

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  8. Neat! What a great color play!

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  9. "in case we're interested" in a tutorial, of course we are! LOL!

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  10. It looks great - your partner will love it. Next time I get a sewing machine I need that serpentine stitch - it is so good!

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  11. You are so good with color!!! Everything about this is perfect right down to the little strawberries in there :)

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  12. I love the you went with both - that's totally how I choose everything ... Hubby:"Which one do you want?" ... Me:"Both!" ... he he. I'm going to take a look at that quilting class now, thank you :)

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  13. SO effective, colour choices, design and the quilting...amazing that that was with the walking foot-I'm going to have to try that, even without Jacqui's tips!

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  14. It's gorgeous and I love the binding.

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  15. just stunning Rachel :-) I am so glad you combined your ideas - rainbow with black and white is just perfect!

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  16. Rachel I can't wait for this pattern or tutorial… I absolutely LOVE it!!! xoxoxo

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  17. Just had a lovely time catching up on all your makes - gorgeous! But this sugary goodness is my fav!

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  18. another awesome pillow Rachel - looking forward to your tutorial !!

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  19. Love this! Will you let us know when there is a tutorial for the block? It looks like a triangle I could actually make.

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