Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Finished Pillow Talk Swap Pillow Revealed

So I was planning on waiting until my partner received this pillow before posting the full image shots, but since a blizzard is on its way (who knows if I'll lose power) and the pillow is due to arrive on my partner's doorstep tomorrow, I figured I'd go ahead. Besides, I've never been that good at waiting patiently anyway.

Final PTS4 Pillow

The pillow came out pretty much exactly as I had sketched it. Although, I made a mistake that I didn't catch until the pillow was completely finished. Can you see it? (The butterfly block on the right side of the second row was supposed to be in the middle position on the bottom row where the elephant block is and vice versa. But since the people I asked couldn't pin point the mistake, I decided to just leave it as is.)

For the back, I stitched a baby elephant holding its mama's tail onto some linen/cotton blend fabric, which I also used as the sashing on the front. I initially planned on using a yellow kei honeycomb dot for the other half of the back, but then decided those yellow elephants needed to be there instead.

Final PTS4 Pillow

My sister drew this cute little elephant for me and then I printed it out, traced it onto my fabric and tried stichery/embroidery for the first time. A girl in my quilt guild pointed me to the Stitch School blog, which has really great instructions for different types of stitches. I'm not into some of the traditional embroidery styles, but it will be fun to try other stitches on other projects.

Final PTS4 Pillow

So there you have it. It was so much fun participating in this swap. I hope my partner loves the pillow as much as I do...I almost didn't want to part with it.

15 comments:

Kati said...

So dang cute!! I love the elephants you stitched. Fabulous job.

emedoodle said...

Oh please be my partner! :) I'm almost positive you're not though... This is spectacular! I love the stitching around the star and the little elephant embroidery too! Just lovely!

Peggy said...

This is adorable! Ok do you share trade secrets? I am a beginning quilter (as in never followed a single pattern ever, just patchwork quilted.) How did you make the middle square(star)? And what about the side squares? This is so cool and it gives me hope of maybe getting a little tiny quilt done for Christmas.

Melissa said...

Super cute!! The baby elephant is adorable!

-A said...

This is awesome! If your partner doesn't love it she should send it to back and you can give it to me. I especially love the wonky star and elephant.

You're mad quilting skills amaze me.

Karin said...

Super cute pillow and the addition of your darling stitched elephant on the back is the perfect touch!

Denise said...

I agree with all above. That elephant is so stinkin' cute.

AnneMarie said...

Super cute! Thanks for the link the embroidery stuff...I just started one myself and am not familiar with too much in this area. I love the elephants!

Naturally Carol said...

I love your elephants, the colours you have picked out and yes, if I were you I would like to keep it too! (Maybe you can make a twin?)

Duff said...

Absolutely fabulous! You're swap partner is one lucky gal!

Cherie said...

It is SO cute!

leigh said...

love it!

Katy said...

So cute! I came over from Quilt Story and I'm happy to have found your blog.

Rachel Hauser said...

Oh my goodness - that is too cute! Great work. I can't believe you're new to all this?

mmae said...

This is about the cutest thing i have ever seen! Your pillow is *Darling* !
i can figure some things out, but do you have a pattern or Tutorial for sale? Wish i had seen this sooner, i am so inspired i might have made something by now, and i would really be a Quilter :)
Thanks for posting about this project!

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