My hubby jetted off to Chicago and my son headed to his girlfriends for dinner and the evening and what do you know...a house to myself...didn't have to cook or do dishes, so I got productive. Got lots of work done quickly and had time to sew. I decided to have a bit of a pillow party so I could do a little more free motion practice before I tackle a quilt. I've had these sewn and sitting on my design wall for weeks so it was great to quilt them and have new pillows for the family room. My quilting is getting better. I'm learning to look ahead and not at the needle and I'm starting to get smoother curves and more even stitches. I'm still wondering how to handle the bulk of a quilt, but as many of my bloggy friends say, "just do it." So a quilt is next up.
These pillows are made from a vintage quilt I picked up dirt cheap. It was terribly damaged and I could barely stand the ride home because it stunk so bad. I soaked it and hung it in the sun daily for over a week and now it's pretty much fresh as a daisy. These will be Christmas gifts. I think I can get maybe 3 more pillows from the quilt so I may make some for myself too. The hand quilting on this quilt was simply amazing, so it was definitely worth saving. I have a bit of an obsession with rescuing vintage quilts. I hate to see someone's beautiful work languishing and so many can be saved with just a bit of effort. The fabrics in this one are so interesting too.
I played a bit with my hourglass quilt to come up with a layout that I liked. I didn't have enough of the hourglass blocks to make a quilt, so first I added the solids in lime, black, pink, and pomegranate. I loved their addition. I finally decided on a layout where I used a strip of the hourglass blocks, then varying widths of 3 of the solids, another section of the hourglass blocks and then a large section of the pomegranate solid. I like it. I think it takes a traditional block and gives it a modern twist. I will tell you this quilt is not for the faint of heart or color shy. It's bold and bright and may even enter the wild category. I scheduled this to post at noon so I hope it happens. Thanks for the response to the giveaway. I'm slowly catching up on my blog reading. See you soon!