Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pillow That Selvage!

On Friday my friend Michelle came over for another sewing day. We continued working on our selvage projects, agreeing to make 20" pillows from four "Homeward Bound" blocks from the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman.

I sewed on my Pfaff Grand Quilter, attempting to chain piece selvages directly from my selvage box onto fabric foundations. It worked... sorta.

Michelle sewed on my Bernina 830. She was a little pickier choosing selvages because she wanted colors to coordinate with her new living room sofa.

Isn't Michelle's block gorgeous!? It's even prettier in person. She took the time to make sure the background fabric stripes were arranged in a balanced pattern. Very well done.
Michelle's 20" X 20" Sawtooth Star block

Without color limitations for my own block, I just sewed whatever my hands happened to touch. As you can see, when the Homeward Bound four-patch block was joined to three other Homeward Bound blocks, a Sawtooth Star formed.

By end-of-day, I had a pillow finish complete with a corded edge and an envelope back. I have to say, I love it. 

It was especially enjoyable to make it alongside a friend. Now that we've gotten our feet wet - sew to speak - we're planning our next, larger, quilt project. Oh boy! Linda

16 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

Those cushions look great! Must have been fiddly work!

Carla said...

I must do some sewing with all those selvages I have squirreled away. Your pillow is awesome, Linda.

Karen said...

What fun. I just can't start saving another thing, so no selvages for me.

Jeanette said...

Those cushions are fabulous. I might have to start saving my selvedges now. :) Hugs,

Di said...

Fabulous finishes, both of you! It's such fun sharing a stitching day with a buddy, isn't it. I can only imagine the giggles and non-stop chatter that must have gone on - oh wait, that's what happens when "Team Di" gets together. Hope to see many more beautiful projects created by the two of you :-))

Kerry said...

What a great way to spend a day.
Oh my, a whole box of selvages.
Lovely cushions at the end of a great sewing day.

Carrie P. said...

Boy, you really have been saving the selvages.
Both stars look great.

Jenny said...

What fun, sewing all day with a friend. The cushions both look wonderful.

DoubleL said...

It looks fantastic - an excellent days work I say.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Just happened upon your blog while surfing the net. Really like your selvedge pillows and also your other textile projects.
best from Tunisia,
nadia

Rosieq said...

I'm like Nadia...I just found your blog tonight, and love, love, love it. Is there a book on selvage sewing, or you just sew and cut according to the various quilt patterns?

Suzanne Lemon said...

What a beautiful pillow! So creative. Thanks for your help, Linda!

Eileen said...

Oh, oh...i may NOT give all my selveges to my daughter after all. Those are just fun! Great job

Unknown said...

I am looking for the exact table she used with the Bernina. Any thoughts on where to get one? Thank you! Love the pillows!

Unknown said...

I am looking for the exact table she used with the Bernina. Any thoughts on where to get one? Thank you! Love the pillows!

FlourishingPalms said...

Kari, you are a no-reply commenter, so I'm unable to answer your comment by email. That brown laminate table was purchased with my Bernina 830 back in the late 1970s. I'm sorry to say that I have no idea where one might be found in 2016. Linda

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