Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday #7 Amy Butler quilt all finished and some pillow talk

Well it's Wednesday again and this past few days have provided some very generous sewing time.  I have been a busy girl.  I got my Amy Butler quilt all bound and finished.  I also made it a friend- a matching pillow with 4 extra blocks I had left over.  I love making pillows and really love to have matching pillows with the quilts I make- so nice to have a set.  I also spent HOURS quilting teeny tiny pebbles and some pretty feathers on a pillow for my mom's birthday which was on the 25th.  It is a few days late, but hopefully worth the wait.  To make this pillow I dug into my stash of designer samples from a friend who is an interior designer.  There were some lovely silk fabrics in my box and I decided to make it a luxury pillow all done in silk.  I did a simple patchwork design as to not take away from the complex quilting.  My mom is always complaining that the first pillow I made her gets stolen by my dad- so I decided on this one to put her name right on it- MOM in the middle of my feather heart, so there would be no confusion as to whom it belonged.  I really hope she loves it.  I have some glamor shots of my AB quilt and pillow at the park and some MOM pillow shots as well, including one with a quarter to give you all a feel for the scale of the tiny pebbles- they were really fun to quilt but sooo time consuming.  I spent around 7 hours quilting those pebbles- a labor of love for a woman who truly deserves something super special.   I currently have no works in progress and three finishes... Let's see what next week brings!






of course I am linking to Lee's WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

26 comments:

  1. The quilting is wonderful and I love how brave you added a colored thread: It makes the quilting much more visible which is in this case perfect

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    1. Thanks- whenever I quilt for myself I like colorful threads that contrast, kind of a signature style- if I work that hard to quilt things I want to be able to see it! :)

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  2. Oh my! I am in awe. Fabulous quilting.

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  3. I was about to say wow, amazing quilting but as Suz has already said that, absolutely brilliant quilting, well done!

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  4. The quilt looks fantastic - gorgeous feathers! I really like the blue thread you chose. Also, the Amy Butler looks great with the grey contrast fabric - very brave choice - I play everything so safe and would have just gone with white - you have inspired me to have a little courage with colour.

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    1. Oh good, I love color. In this case it was a bit of a practical decision, this quilt will live in my busy household with 2 very active puppies- and white would not be white in my house for very long, so gray seemed to be a much better choice.

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  5. Your FMQ is gorgeous! I usually go for bright colors, but your gold-brown pillow is just beautiful!

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    1. Oh thank you- it is a special gift just for my mom, so I had to do my best work!

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  6. i am so excited to be the Mom that is loved so much that she gets a pillow full of pebbles. I cannot believe you did that. If you dad touches this one I am going to kill him. It is beautiful. I love you so much Molly.

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    1. I love you too, Happy Birthday Mom! Ps- those are the tiniest pebbles I have ever done in the center of the heart- they were a killer, but you are worth it.

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  7. Hi Molly! I'm visiting from WIP wednesday and I love your blog! What a talented quilter you are! Great finishes this week

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    1. Thanks Vanessa- so nice to have you stop by and check out my work. I really love quilting, just started 9 months ago and have really clicked with it. I am working hard to get better and better.

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  8. I love the pebble quilting! Your feathers are great too, I am just such a fan of the pebbles. I am making myself a king size quilt and I really want to quilt pebbles in the large solid spaces, but I am nervous. I need to start practicing now to get mine looking as great as yours do! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Wow, pebbles on a king size quilt would be quite the task. I would recommend a much larger scale then you saw on the pillow if it is that big and you want to use it on a bed- that small makes the project a bit stiff- and takes FOREVER. Just go slow and take your time and you will find pebbles aren't as hard as they look. It is all about patience with this particular stitch.

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  9. gorgeous detail in your work. That quilting with the coloured threads of fantastic!

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  10. Those pebbles are insane Molly! Awesome job on all your finished projects. I am hoping once my craft room is all set up I can start quilting...which means you will be recieving lots of calls from me needing help:)

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    1. Oh Aleina, that is fantastic news! I would love to teach you to quilt- how about some video tutorials? Maybe I will start a new to quilting series on my blog so you and anyone else trying to learn can benefit!

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  11. Hi Molly, fellow dot-lover :) Your quilt and pillow are beautiful!! I love the contrasting thread color, and the texture that all those tiny pebbles give to your pillow. Happy Birthday to your Mom! What a special gift for a special person. Keep up your wonderful work! xok

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    1. Thanks Kate, I think my dot pillow and your dot panting would look nice together huh? Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog! You are the best.

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