Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Blogger's Pillow Party

Blogger's Pillow Party

I didn't expect such a response to the Cathedral Window Pillow I made for Meghan. She seems delighted, which makes me so incredibly happy. I've decided that I'm entering it into Rachel's Bloggers Pillow Party this month.

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I love Cathedral Windows, in fact I tried them once before but got a little frustrated so I abandoned the project. Then I was paired with Meghan in the latest round of the Make Mine Modern Swap and she mentioned that Cathedral Windows make her swoon. Also, she was in the middle of a move so she wanted something she could use to decorate her new house. That was enough to give me the courage to try my hand at cathedral windows once more.

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I poured over two tutorials that I found very helpful. One over here at Warmth in the North and Heather's tutorial found here. I jumped over to Heather's when it came time to machine stitch the windows open. I just didn't have enough time to handstitch them as suggested in the other tutorial.

TIP: I did have to rip a stitch or two and towards the end I found that instead of trying to machine stitch all the way around each window opening (as I did on most) that it helped create more precise corners if I stopped towards the end of each side and started fresh on each window curve.

It's my first "real" pillow ever and hence my first entry in the Bloggers Pillow Party. If you haven't joined in the fun yourself you should check it out over on Rachel's amazing blog!

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I'm also linking this project up to Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story! Check them out and link up your latest project if you haven't already.

12 comments:

  1. Love this pillow! Glad you are entering it. Thanks for the tips, I still want to try cathedral windows myself.

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  2. Beautiful work, I love the fabrics together with the cathedral windows!

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  3. Oh wow! This is beautiful! I've always wanted to try cathedral windows but it looks so difficult. I'll check out the tutorials and maybe give it a whirl.

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  4. Wonderful! I love how your pillow turned out, and I think it stands out because you used a color besides white! And of course the AMH looks great on it!

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  5. Hi Hollie,

    Cathedral Window {hand sewn} was one of the first techniques I remember learning before any other quilting was even on my mind. I machine sew but my first love is hand sewing and crochet. I think this is the first time I've seen the windows sewn open with a machine stitch. It looks like you did a grand job on it and I can see how starting and stopping for each section would make it simpler.

    This is my first Fabric Tuesday...I'd love to have you visit!

    Pink Sparkles for your day,
    Stephanie ♥

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  6. Great pillow and such a generous gift!

    Heading over to Quilt Story to check that out -- thanks!

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  7. I am very smitten about it!!! Good luck playing in the Pillow Party! I had a lot of fun my first round-I really think this one should be the winner it is such a beautiful pillow!!!

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  8. Love this! My mom made a queen size quilt a million years ago before I was born. I have always wanted to do one, but have been intimidated by sheer size. A throw pillow is definitely the ticket!

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  9. What a beautiful cathedral pillow. I love it in the gray instead of white.

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