Sunday, 31 August 2014

Starting something new...

I love starting something new, so while I'm supposed to be finishing up a big pile of WIPs, I couldn't help signing up to The Great Pillow Fight Swap.  A few weeks back I pulled some fabrics for my partner...

Colours...

Then I spent a few weeks thinking about design. I really love the Aerial Grove quilt in Carolyn Friedlander's new book "Savor Each Stitch". I love the simplicity of her quilt and the bright pops of graduated colour in a low volume background. The pops of colour come from hand appliqued circles. I've never really done hand applique before so it's not something I feel happy doing for my swap partner. Instead I decided to do a patchwork block that would evoke the same kind of feel, small blocks of colour on a light background. But what exactly!? I played with flying geese and half square triangles but they didn't seem quite right. Then, inspired by the sweet X's in the Cotton and Steel XOXO basics print, I decided to play with small crosses. I made a few blocks and I thought they looked kind of cute.

I'm thinking of a bunch of these for my #thegreatpillowfightswap partner. Partner what do you think?

My partner seemed happy so I made a few more.

Pillow progress

I quilted some straight lines through the diagonals. I love how the lines formed little crosses in between the blocks. Then I found the perfect backing in my stash.

Backing is chosen!

Now it's ready to post to my partner. I love finishing things too!

Pillow

Edited to add: I've written a tutorial for this block, you can find it here Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial

25 comments:

  1. Yay, welcome to blogland Rachel

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  2. Fantastic finish!! Love the colors and your inspiration.

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  3. I love your pillow ... but no wonder - I love everything of your work :)
    Welcome in Blogger Land
    Aylin xo

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  4. so excited to see your blog ! such a gorgeous pillow - lucky partner !

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  5. This pillow is super fantastic! Great job :)

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  6. yay! first blog post :) and of course I love your pillow!

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  7. I love that you have a creative diary now.
    Your pillow is absolutely adorable. I love the colours you chose and the little crosses.
    Can't wait to see more over here.

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  8. Your first blog post...and such gorgeous work to show!
    tinkingalong

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  9. Such a gorgeous pillow Rachel! And welcome to the blogverse, looking forward to seeing lots more!

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  10. It is fab! Love it! I could just drool over the first pic :)

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  11. Hello Rachel - congratulations on your first blog post, hopefully of many. I love this cushion, and I really enjoyed reading your design process. Looking forward to lots more posts!

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  12. Congrats on the new blog! Gorgeous pillow. Love the colours.

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  13. Hope to see more of your work here :-) Welcome . I'm already a follower on flickr ;-)
    And the pillow is gorgeous !

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  14. Hello, beautiful pillow and new blog!

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  15. I am sooo excited you are blogging!! Now i can hear the stories behind your beautiful work!

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  16. Found this through Flickr, this beautiful cushion is going straight to Pinterest!

    Good luck with your blog. :)

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  17. you started a blog - yay!! Such a beautiful cushion - as always you get the perfect mix of colour and low volume :-)

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  18. I am so happy that you started a blog- I've loved each & every things that you make on Flickr- but I think this pillow is the top of the list!!

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  19. I too, ADORE all of your work! You are very gifted! I enjoyed reading about your thought process here....I have such a HARD time combining my fabrics and colors! You are genius! XO

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  20. Love that pillow so much!!
    Congrats on starting a blog, I added it to my feedly blogreader!

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  21. It's fabulous! I am so glad that you started blogging so I can get some insight into your brilliance!!

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  22. I'm so happy to read you finally!!!!! Welcome to blogland!!!! Of course I follow you now, how could I not?! Back in the day when I only had Flickr I asked you if you had a blog and you replied you did not have time! I sort of wept! Now I'm a happy happy girl! By the way, I love your pillow! And the tutorial is excellent!

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