30 May, 2012

Wonky log cabin pillow

I started this pillow a couple months ago in an attempt to use up some of the really neat scraps of fabric Lyndy sends along with fabric orders. I came across this brilliant little needlebook by Stitched in Color on Pinterest and thought yes!



                                                           Source: stitchedincolor.com via Hazelnuts on Pinterest


Well it started out like that and then turned into a cushion, but these things happen.

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I don't have huge amounts of small scraps really - I'm super-stingy when I cut things out so tend to end up with large scraps and I wanted to use up small ones. I easily had enough pink and red, less blues and fewer greens, so there are some non-scrap fabrics in those two colours. I decided to work on my wonkiness, which I always find hard. As you can see, I didn't manage to be hugely wonky, but dammit I didn't use a ruler or anything so it's wonky. The other problem I had was if things were too wonky then the block wouldn't lie flat. I'm not sure how you manage wonky and flat - are they somewhat incompatible?

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I quilted the front in a spiral, which exposed a gaping hole in my general world knowledge - how to draw a spiral.  If you look carefully you can see mine is a bit oval-shaped and not roundish. Why is that? Well I thought if I marked out concentric circles and then fudged it a bit it would turn into a spiral. Apparently not! Of course I looked it up afterwards and discovered the correct way to do it. I will remember that for next time! It looks kind of cool anyways, though I don't think I'd like to attempt it on anything larger on my little machine.

I quilted the back with wavy lines, which I'm now in love with. I told my husband I felt like I was driving the sewing machine with hands on either side moving the fabric side to side. He just looked at me like I was mad.

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I haven't had any feedback on it yet from most of the family, but one of us has made it her own.


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14 comments:

  1. Ellie - PetalplumMay 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    oh, husbands know nothing about sewing machine driving!! i'm sure if it was something to do with a lawn mower or some car computer game or something then it would be different.
    i need to make a cat pillow too - my cat finds any scrap of piece to lie on, generally underneath the fireplace! i'm imagining Lucy sitting like a queen up on your wonky pillow.

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  2. Gorgoeus! I love the spiral quilting, def trying that!

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  3. I love it, it's so bright and fresh!

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  4. good on you for doing wonky and your own spiral! those wavy lines on the back look lovely too.

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  5. I thought it would be a good analogy for a guy, but apparently not!

    There is nothing Lucy loves more than sitting on a pillow that is on something else - even if it's just the floor. She gets up on it and sits there very carefully, like "this is MINE, I am so great"

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  6. Yes you should - and you'll do a perfect one instead of a wonky faux-spiral circle thingy ;)

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  7. I definitely enjoyed doing the wavy lines more than the spiral, definitely easier to do things that are deliberately wobbly than something that's meant to be geometrically perfect!

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  8. Christina GilmanJune 8, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    I have to show that last photo to Caitlyn - our cats have the same coloring!  

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  9. NightmaircreativeJune 9, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    i still absolutely love the notebook cover you made for me 4 or so years ago from that (RED) bandana and all those clothing tags :)

    i love your pillow cover- the blue and green fabrics especially, are very unique things - looks like green robots? and love the little fish on the red square!

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  10. I love this.  Cat praise is very high praise so I think you should take Lucy's approval as a great compliment even if no-one else has acknowledged it yet.

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  11. Basic blotchy tabby :) I've seen a few cats around the internet or Instagram that make me do a double-take and think it's Lucy - would love to see yours!

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  12. Oh goodness, I'd forgotten about that notebook cover! That was one of the first things I did like that. Yes, robots and the little fish is a scrap from a shirt I made for Mat - he gets lots of compliments on it but I think it's largely the very cool fabric :)

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  13. Yes, she has very discerning taste when it comes to things to sit on. :)

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