This weekend I find myself wrapped up in a new project- something I have never tried before but always wanted to. This is my first time doing a whole cloth quilt- er pillow actually. I have major love for pillows when trying out a new technique- the smaller scale makes the projects seem so much more achievable and who doesn't love a pretty quilted pillow? Well I sure do! So if you've never heard of it before a whole cloth quilt is the process of using one piece of fabric (typically a solid) and quilting the heck out of it, making your quilting the design. Often times you will see these with the thread matching the solid fabric so the design looks fairly subtle unless you look really really close. I am not such a fan of this idea because I want to see the quilting- from near or far. So I chose some bright contrasting threads to make the design pop. I started with the word LOVE and made the letters look like feathers- then did a small stipple stitch all around those letters to finish the design. There were definitely some sew right and sew wrong moments in this project. The V and the E ended up too close together- so close I couldn't stipple through the tops and had to break thread- SEW WRONG... ahh- I had a lump in my throat that made me want to throw in the towel when I saw that. But, remembering where I want to go with this blog and how I want to show others what I have learned I pushed forward and will remember to leave enough space between my letters next time. The sew right moments are there too- I have never done such a small stipple stitch and I think for a first time it looks pretty good. I have also never seen anyone do letters with a feather design like this and am very pleased with the design. For a first whole cloth project I think it turned out pretty great and will definitely enjoy this pillow on my couch when it is all done. Now I just have to quilt the back pieces and put it all together. I will show you all how I make my pillows in the next post. And now I can say I have caught the whole cloth bug and have many more designs I would like to try swirling around in my head. Whole cloth LOVE!