Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Goose has landed!

Goose 1Baby Goose has arrived (and been given a name other than Goose).  He beat his quilt, but only by a few hours. 

mother wanted a pillow for her chair in the room and sent me this link.  This is my second and third attempt at pillow-making and I think it’s fair to say I have some distance to go before I’d consider myself an expert.  I did manage to figure out how to do the corded edges from this pattern, which I’ll definitely do again.  Looking at this pattern originally, I was dreading it – lots of steps and the pattern calls for 2 yards per pillow just for the edging, which is silly.  I guess it’s so you don’t have to connect too many cuts to get the length of bias needed, but you don’t need to buy a cut that large.  I pieced together a length long enough from what I had on hand.  The corded edges were much easier than anticipated, although I got a little lost in Joann’s trying to find the cord.  I wasn’t really sure I had the right thing and then broke down and asked for help, which I hate doing.  not sure why – isn’t that what they’re there for?  anyhow…

Also somehow managed to burn my stomach with the iron.  Don’t ask – I’m not sure how it happened.  Weird late-night sewingness.  asleep at the iron…   I’ll spare you a photo of that!

Goose 4Goose 3  The goose on the little pillow WAS going to be white, but the elephants on the fabric underneath the fusing showed through, so I had to improvise.  I cut the white off, inserted some grey behind and pretended I had intended a reverse-appliqué for that pillow all along.  I think the grey looks better with the color scheme anyhow.  Goose 5 this project was all about bias – too much bias for me, truthfully.  not sure if you can tell, but this is not an HST zig zag pattern.  If I do another zig zag quilt, it WILL be HSTs.  :-) squaring up this quilt was a nightmare and I wish there was less puckering on these pillows.  I sure hope Mother Goose (couldn’t resist that one!) is happy with this gift.  Working on the pillows and the quilt has helped me get more comfortable with bias, which is great.  However, I’d really like to do something with straight forward squares or strips next.  I want one of these Scottie pillows for my bed.  but, alas, I’ve more promised projects to complete for others.  It’s on to dolphins and boy bands next…Goose 2

Kona Coal, Ty Pennington Kimono and Moorish from 2010 in Chartreuse and Gray (found mostly on etsy) and Jay-Cyn Ellie Fam in Grass (fabricworm)


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  2. Beautiful quilt and cushions! Lucky mama :)

  3. Its absolutely gorgeous! I love the gray duck...its perfect against the white elephants. Nice job, fabulous gift!

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