Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sewing for others

I like sewing for other people. I find it challenging. I am most inspired right after I get my supplies, or presented with an idea. I tend to want to tackle it right away. Yesterday was a great day for sewing. My kids have the flu, so they all took a three hour nap. The flu is not good, but getting three hours to sew in the middle of the day was nice.


I am doing a swap with Susan. If you have not seen her shop, you must. I am so excited about getting some of her lovely pieces.
She wanted a pillow and gave me some color choices and sent along some pictures of her apartment. I knew what I wanted to make for her right away. I have been wanting to try some of these pieced pillows from Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. It was such a fun project and I am pleased with the result.

I also got a little package from Tracy. It is her month for Twelve Square, our virtual quilting bee. She sent great fabric. The theme was gray, with pops of color and texture. I added the green "grass" and did some pleats. This project was a little out of my comfort zone, but it was so fun to dive right in. I got the idea for making trees and grass right after I got the fabric. I am so into gray right now.
Now, if I can just get myself to the post office!


25 comments:

nicole said...

love them both! i have been meaning to make some pillows... maybe i need to get that book!

the quilt square is to die for... can you imagine a whole quilt made out of varying colors of your square - it would be cool but i guess time consuming!

Steph said...

May the kids be better soon and may you get some good sewing time, too! :-) Happy St. Pat's!

Steph said...

PS - I have that same patchwork book on my shelf right now. I was delighted that my library had it!

misschris said...

Those are great -- I have that book but had forgotten that pillow was in it... might have to drag that out again, as I'm looking to spring-up my sofa.

And your block. Well. That is perfect. Well done!

Chris said...

That block is fabulous! I love the gray and the pops of color. You did a great job! I also love the pillow. Whenever I make a pillow it turns out looking homemade. Yours looks professional. Any tips?

Nature Knitting said...

Very pretty pillows! I hope your kids get well soon.

beki said...

I love those pillows, I love Susan, I love that block!! So much goodness, Katie :) I have on a pair of earrings from Susan right now, she's my favorite.

Hilary said...

How cool! They are both beautiful, and I'm sure the recipients will be thrilled. And a virtual quilting bee -- what a neat idea!

Katlyn said...

I love the block - do you swap often?

house on hill road said...

both susan and tracy will adore those!

Renee said...

Hope your babes are all feeling better soon.
Lovely sewing projects! 3 hours to sew without being disturbed is a good thing. :)

Jessica said...

That square is great...I'm just waiting to get inspired to finish up mine!

crochetgurl said...

That orange pillow looks scrumptious! Every time I see your projects, you make me want to learn how to sew! :-)

QuiltedSimple said...

The block is great - you did an amazing job! ANd I LOVE the pillow
Kris

TD wool design said...

what a great square!
and the pillow color is beautiful!
who wouldn't be happy with either?

sulu-design said...

I'm PSYCHED - that pillow is fabulous - so, so me! I can't wait 'til it arrives and I can show you photos of it in its new home. And I hope you like what's on it's way to you!

Woolly Stuff said...

I love your sewing projects! I don't know how you can part with them :)

3 M's said...

wow- those are both really beautiful! That pillow is gorgeous. I love it because it is complex, yet simple at the same time. The color is great, too. Hmm....I am feeling inspired again- your blog always does that to me!

Hope the kiddos get better soon- and I hear ya on the 3 hour nap sewing frenzy- Pure Bliss!

Gretchen said...

I LOVE those pillows!

raining sheep said...

I heart the orange pillow. I think I need to sew some orange pillows for spring.

Meggie said...

LOVE the color of the orange pillows. Such a lucky friend you have. The quilt square is very creative...nice job! Glad you were able to use the time constructively. Hope your kiddos are feeling better soon.

dana said...

Your Twelve Square, square is brilliant! LOVE the circles and pleats. Real cute.

a friend to knit with said...

what a fun swap.
bright orange pillows! what could be better!!!

love tracy's square. my mind is going a mile a minute on what to do with those fabulous fabrics.

tiennie said...

I'm sorry that your kiddos are sick! Those are some pretty pillows though. :)

amandajean said...

that pillow is gorgeous! i love orange so very much!