Friday, March 18, 2011

2011 UFO FInished - Laura Gunn Fabric Pillows

Another 2011 UFO done, well nearly...done enough to be put to use. I still may go back and do some more beading on the birdcage pillow, but for now the less is more and calling it done.

These are my favorite two chairs to seasonally embellish, ready made pillows that I often cover make this easy to change out as I desire. These chairs are great for entertaining as they make an nice conversation pair and are also easy to slide on our hardwood floors, as an added bonus when needed they are a great height to our dining room table, for really big gatherings.

I love this first fabric collection by artist Laura Gunn, her fabric is from Michael Miller and I have quite a bit put away to use for home decor projects for myself like this one. I also have a pieced small quilt that I was hoping to applique a tree on it and hang it above these chairs. I am actually unsure I still want to do that so I have this rather simple pieced quilt I am deciding what to do to finish.

I actually sort of followed some pictures on Laura Gunns blog when she did this fabric release. I sized them to fit my 18 inch pillows that I already had, below are just a few things I did to make the pillows.

I almost always do a quilted top for my pillows, the stability and weight the batting provides to the completed pillow is worth the effort. My pieced pillows with some simple on point grid quilting to hold the batting to the top, I only use batting and the top, no need to back it as it will be enclosed.

Auditioning thread colors, just unfurling thread and laying randomly on piece to be quilted will give a good visual to the finished item.

I marked with white pencil a cross hatch design to be quilted, I only quilted the 2 accent fabrics on the side.

Finished quilting

I then did some free quilting to the motif design, just enough to hold in place.

Birdcage pillow, below beaded details, I beaded most of the aqua and fuchsia bird cages.

Lantern Bloom Pillow with quilted detail below



Makes a lovely pair, I just used a faux chocolate suede for the back and made them in an envelope style to change out with the seasons.

12 comments:

Orangies Attic said...

Love the pillows! Did you notice they match your blog? ;)

Lulu Grey said...

These are really so pretty. I love the fabric.

debi said...

Beautiful! I love how you combined the fabrics and embellished them!

Expressions By Devin said...

Love the pillows and the Fabric choice. Great blog and shop!!!

FabricFascination said...

This is still one of my favorite pattern series. Lovely work.

Janlynn said...

OMG I love these pillows. And I extra love the beading.
Truly beautiful.

Sofia L said...

I love the pillows. I love how simple they are and yet have some amazing details. They look great!

Token Asian Friend said...

Very very beautiful pillows! I love that fabric, and the beading is so fun!

By the Bluegrass said...

kudos to you for completing a UFO! I have a 1000 I need to get to. These look great...love the fabric.
xo,
Sena

Misty said...

I love these pillows! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday". I'll be featuring you on the 29th, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Really lovely. The beading adds such a touch of glamour. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

KennaCaroline said...

These pillows are great. Love the beads!

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