Monday, January 20, 2014

Christmas in January

So it turns out that I forgot to share these pillow covers I made for Christmas.  

The first pillow is an orphan block (made from this tutorial) turned beautiful pillow.  I think this was the second block I had ever paper pieced.  It is a great block for those new to paper piecing.

I love, love, love this one.  To make it I simply drew a triangle on the fabric and sewed on a bunch of buttons.  I was able to sew on the buttons with my sewing machine by turning the stitch length to 0 and adjusting the width until it was the width between the holes in the button.  Then I just put the pedal to the medal and stitched back and forth about 20 times.

 It's hard to see, but I tried out quilting swirls for the first time.  I spiraled in and then paused and spiraled back out again.  I have wanted to try this design for awhile, but was scared it wouldn't turn out.  Yet again, my fears were unfounded.  Isn't that usually the case.  It seems the more I worry about something the less of an issue it turns out to be.  Some of the spirals weren't total perfect but overall it was a success.

 Leah Day has a great tutorial on quilting swirls here on YouTube.  In fact, she has a ton of quilting tutorials there.  I think I am going to have to work my way through them.  Do you think my husband would watch them with me instead of Almost Human in the evenings?  ;)


  1. I love the button Christmas tree! :0)

  2. That botton tree is great! I would scared to death to sew them on the machine, though. I have visions of snapped needles flying.

  3. I don't think he would go for watching Leah Day quilt instead of "Almost Human." I made Danny watch "The Orphan Train" with me and at the end when I asked if he liked it, the best he could manage was, "It wasn't bad." haha.

  4. Gaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!! They are both beyond precious! I bet your girls love them--my kids get more excited about special holiday decorations than I do. That button pillow! It's ADORBS.