This is the pillow I sent out on... November 1st. : )
After stalking my secret partner on his/her blog, through his/her flickr projects and favorites I put together this stack of fabrics I thought he/she would like. Sorry for all the he/she stuff. It's a secret you see.
The fabric sat around awhile, marinating, waiting to become something. Narrowing it down to one idea is hard. There are so many possibilities, so many things you could do.
One of the fabrics is a cheater print and I started thinking, what if I cut those squares apart and treated it as separate fabrics? I remembered how much I loved Erin's scrappy Swoon block. If I made one Swoon block a little smaller, it would be a great pillow.
I liked the idea of it, but I wasn't sure how it would look. My friend Jaye says, "make visual decisions visually". So I drafted the block in EQ and colored it with a similar color palette. I LOVED it.
I bought the pattern Swoon by Camille Roskelley and started piecing the blocks. I made some changes as I went. For a scrappy look, I broke up the big rectangles into squares. The cheater print and linen were so great together I decided to not use any of the other fabrics. I also changed the center square from a colored block to plain linen one. Slowly I'm learning to listen to my instincts as I go.
Pressing the seams open helped match up all those points.
I had a few extra blocks and I added them to the back. Now my pillow is on it's way to it's new home. I hope my partner likes it as much as I do.
The end. : )
very nice! i didn't even notice it was swoon block at first (probably because of the modern look it has). sure wish it was coming my way! lucky partner! :)ReplyDelete
this is fantastic! very creative use of the cheater print, and it turned out really really great (this coming from the gal who doesn't even love pillows :)ReplyDelete
I am going to make a pillow one of these days I tell ya! Yours is really pretty Adrianne...adore all the shades of purple within it.ReplyDelete
One lucky partner gets one FABULOUS pillow!!!!!! WOW!ReplyDelete
Totally gorgeous!!! Those are some good instincts :)ReplyDelete
I really loved reading about you process, great post!
Thumbs up on the pillow! Definitely like the fabric choices.ReplyDelete
Beautiful. Love your mods for a plain center square. It really brings out the star shape :-)ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! pinned :)ReplyDelete
What a beautiful pillow.ReplyDelete
love it! such a great idea.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I even pinned it on pinterest!ReplyDelete
Lovely! And good call on the center square :)ReplyDelete
He/she is one lucky swap partner!ReplyDelete
I didn't notice that it was a Swoon block, either. I love the scrappiness of it, though. It's gorgeous! :)ReplyDelete
I'm making a scrap quilt with strips and throwing away the small squars, I should keep them to make throw pillows!ReplyDelete
Oh, I really, really love this pillow. It's gorgeous!ReplyDelete
It's beautiful, Adrianne! Lovely fabric choice and the pattern is great!!ReplyDelete
I love everything about this cushion. It is absolutely, stunningly, overwhelmingly lovely. You have a very lucky swap partner xReplyDelete
I found you at Brigitte's Pillow talk. Your pillow looks great! And such a great idea to cut the cheater into pieces! Listening to ones/ your instincts is definitely awarding :o)ReplyDelete
I love this scrappy Swoon! Hope to try it myself one day soon. Very nice!!ReplyDelete
This is gorgeous, lucky partnerReplyDelete
Can I ask how big your pillow cover is & how big your squares are? I bought the Swoon pattern last week & want to make it to fit a 20" pillow form but am horrible at math! I mean really horrible. It's sad.ReplyDelete
It's mine!!!! Your Awesome :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Adrianne, I love it so much - perfect!
I'll take some pics soon Xx
Gorgeous pillow - love the echino fabircs!!ReplyDelete
Hi! I love this pillow -- it's gorgeous! May I use the photo of it (with credit and a link back to your blog, of course) on my blog as an example of a project I'd like to complete? Found you through Pinterest -- now a new follower! :)ReplyDelete