Friday, July 6, 2012

PTS round 8 - Starry Eyed

Did everyone have a great holiday?
I have been taking some time off enjoying some fun sewing projects. We closed round 8 of the Pillow Talk swap today. This was a quick round, and there was no time to procrastinate.

I went with my first gut feeling on what my partner might like. With only 4 weeks to complete I got right to work using a bright mix pulled from my stash. This pillow was created using an  English paper piecing technique.
Each piece is sewn individually by hand using these pieces..

Large Jewel shape (JWLLG)
2" Triangle Shape (TRI200)
2" 6 point Diamond Shape (6DIA200)
1" Hexagon (HEX100)

I buy my pieces here " Paper Pieces"

It's a litte hard to see in the photo, but all the gray backround pieces are actually a text print. I love that it almost looks solid but adds that little detail when you look closely.
The center hexagons are a solid Kona with a touch of embroidery to add a little pop. My original idea was to put french knots there. After seeing it on the pillow I hated it, so the stars were my next choice.

The back is simple (just how I like it). Double quilted, on both pieces using some of the leftover text print from the front, as well as a coordinating print from the same sunkissed Sweetwater line. A touch of leftover scraps from the front make the perfect little accent.

 After it was all said and done this was the first pillow I decided not to put a binding on. I didn't want to take away from the pieced design. I am very happy with the outcome of subtracting the binding.

The grid quilting gives it a nice accent and will also protect those little handsewn pieces from a little wear over time. I really hope my partner enjoys this pillow as much as I did creating it for them.
The pillow is shown with a 20x20" pillow form

I even sent a few little goodies along.

Happy Sewing.


  1. Amazing! Another gorgeous piece of work from you!

  2. Beautiful!! Your partner is one lucky person! :D

  3. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love it!

  4. Wow that is very pretty and bright! Awesome!

  5. Oh my, by hand? Also bright mix is perfect. Great job!

  6. What a lovely package of goodies your partner will receive.

  7. Oh what a lucky partner! Just my kind of colors. I just love it and your model, well, such a cutie pie. Also do you mind if I stop over for a dip in your pool. Here in Illinois it is 9pm and still 92 degrees! Have a great weekend.

  8. Wonderful job Terrie! I love the colors! your partner has go to LOVE it!

  9. Wow both are just fantastic! Love the colors!

  10. Love that the bright colors..lucky partner!! What is not to love..I want to try that....I will come with Jane for a dip in dthe pool...Here in St George Ut we are in the 100+...

  11. Loving all the bright colours (BTW, FQ have an ongoing discount code with that site I think)

  12. Your pillow is SO gorgeous! Makes me want to make more pillows. I love all the extra goodies you included too. It's always nice to receive notions. That zipper pouch is adorable all by itself. You have a lucky partner!

  13. This is beautiful! I love the embroidery detail as well!

  14. I love your bright, happy cushion. Your partner is incredibly lucky and especially with the matching little bag you made too.

  15. WOW - WOW - WOW!!!!! I love your pillow! It's PERFECT! Love the pouch and goodies too! I know it was pretty labor intensive, but so worth it!
    Great job!


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