Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Liberty Love Pillow!


 

 I am SO excited! I don't even know how to start this blog post. :) The Modern Mini Quilt Challenge that Ellison Lane puts on is one of my favorite events of the year. You make something new, and fun and mini, and then link it up for prizes, or just because. It's awesome! I didn't get to participate last year (I think we were moving at the time), but I did the year before with my Rainbow Lake mini. If you want to enter, go HERE. You have until 5 pm on the 16th to link up.


This year she said to challenge yourself with your mini. Try something new. Well, I think almost everything I did with this mini was something new to me. It was so much fun to make, and a little unnerving as I had NO idea how it was going to turn out. I'm happy to say I'm pleased with how it turned out, and I think I'll keep it. ;)


Here is my pillow in its new home:

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now it needs some friends! :)


The pattern is my own, and boy do I love it. I've been playing around with it in Illustrator, and there really are a million ways to use it to create a million different designs. (I'll be releasing the pattern this summer sometime.) :) If you follow me on Instagram (@fromblankpages), I'm sure you've seen me post about it WAY too many times.


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The front
This pillow was really hard to photograph withe red in it. I don't know what settings to adjust to fix it, but reds and oranges are always WAY over saturated in my pictures. So I tried toning it down, but now the blues are too bland. I really didn't do these prints justice. :( (any tips?) :)

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the back: Black Essex Linen
 

Firsts: 
  • I've never pieced a pattern this large. 
  • I've never made a pillow with a zipper (I've only done the envelope closure on the back - is that what it's even called?). 

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  • I have never done this much, or this small of hand stitching. (The only other thing I've hand stitched was my Giant Granny Square Quilt, but those stitches were huge and it went a lot faster.)

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  • I've never used Liberty prints before (I am now totally in love with them and am amazed at how well they go together!)

I think the hardest part was piecing the slices together (my kids called this "Mom's Pizza" as I was putting it together because it looked like a bunch of pizza slices). :) They would say, "Don't step on mom's pizza!" made me laugh.


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Thanks for stopping by! 
And be sure to check out all the other minis over at Ellison Lane Quilts!


Diane

21 comments:

  1. I LOVE this. Oh my. Your hand stitching is so perfect. Do you already have your next Liberty project turning around in your head?! (I'm working with it right now too, it's the best.)

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  2. So beautiful! You are so creative and I hope you win a nice prize. You deserve it, this was hard work.

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  3. wow! That is so beautiful - your stitching is perfect!

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  4. Can I have this pillow????? OMG it is to die for!

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  5. What a gorgeous pillow!! Love, love, love the Liberty prints....and your amazing stitching!! You've got my vote!!

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  6. it is beautiful!! Good luck and what a great job you did with your stitching!

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  7. Ohhh, you actually cut into your Liberties! I bow.... Beautiful pillow, just darling!

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  8. Love the pattern, the prints, everything about it. Beautiful!!!

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  9. Well, for having so many "I never" moments, your pillow top turned out gorgeous!! Love the black prairie stitching.

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  10. Moms pizza now that is cute! Pretty pillow! I really want to start making some. It looks beautiful and for sure wants some friends ;)

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  11. I love your pillow! It's beautiful and carefully made! x Teje

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  12. It's gorgeous Diane, you can see that so much work has gone into it and its turned our beautifully:)

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  13. Oh WOW!! This is just beautiful! And your hand stitching is so uniform and really finishes it off perfectly. Great job, can't wait for your pattern release :)

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  14. OH MY GOODNESS! I kept seeing the peeks on Instagram and had no idea the full beauty of this! Are you going to release the pattern, please?!?

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  15. A great design and beautifully made. The liberty prints are gorgeous and your hand qilting sets it all off wonderfully.

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  16. Brilliant! I've loved watching it over on IG and your quilting is perfect

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  17. this is such a beautiful pillow. bravo to you for tackling those firsts! I've never used Liberty fabrics, but they are gorgeous!!

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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