Category: Pillow Talk

Poolside Pillows

We replaced our poolside furniture in time for the upcoming summer season and decided to go with Adirondack chairs because, my husband claimed, “They are so comfortable.”

Maybe for his 6’1″ frame, but not for tiny little me.

Fortunately, the quilter in me was able to provide a solution –

backyardpillows

I actually managed to make 4 of these little lumbar pillows, but it wasn’t easy.  Outdoor fabric is so slinky, folks!  Golden Threads paper was a godsend for the quilting, but the binding especially kept trying to escape.  After these, I’m happy to return to good old fashioned 100% quilting cotton!

In any case, now I find the chairs comfortable, too – and even my husband admits they are better with the pillows than without.

A Case for More Pillows

I’ve been quilting a while now.  Nearly 20 years.  And in that time, I’ve accumulated a lot of finished projects.

When completed quilts started taking over the house, I figured that switching some of my ideas to quilted pillows would mean less to store.  Now that pillows have piled up in nearly every room, I realize that may not have been the answer.

And still I make more…

This one was inspired by a print I saw online.  As a former Kansas resident, and a lover of bad puns, I felt I had to recreate the image in fabric. Apologies for the earworm that just started in your head.

somewhererainbowpillow

This set will be part of our Grinch-themed holiday decorations (see, not all the pillows I make are displayed at the same time. I don’t have a problem, I swear!)

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And I loved this meme that came across my desk so much, I not only made it into a quilted pillow, but it’s going to be the theme of our holiday card this year (I’m working on a way to make the card actually smell like peppermint and wondering if it’s possible to do the same with the pillow 🙂 )

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Friends Call Me Quilt Miser… I’m Too Much!

“The Year Without Santa Claus” isn’t the best animated holiday special, but like all the Rankin-Bass productions it has it’s classic moments.  For instance, the Snow Miser / Heat Miser signature songs have definitely stuck in my husband’s head since their first airing in 1974 and I get regaled with them every Christmas – repeatedly.

So this year, I regaled him… with a Miser Bros. quilted pillow set.  He says it’s his favorite gift this year (and I don’t think he’s lying!)

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I’m Mister White Christmas
I’m Mister Snow
I’m Mister Icicle
I’m Mister Ten Below
Friends call me Snow Miser,
What ever I touch
Turns to snow in my clutch
I’m too much!

I’m Mister Green Christmas
I’m Mister Sun
I’m Mister Heat Blister
I’m Mister Hundred and One
They call me Heat Miser,
What ever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
I’m too much!

 

By the Way, Is There Anyone on Board Who Knows How to Quilt a Pillow?

While putting the final stitches on 2016, I realized a few Whimzie Quiltz projects from the year didn’t get posted, including lots and lots (and lots) of pillows

Me: “I have more quilted pillows to share.”

Blog Readers: “Surely you aren’t serious?”

Me: “I am serious.  And don’t call me Shirley.”

Snow White and the Tooth Fairy

Nope, not a new Disney animated movie.  Our niece really wanted tooth fairy pillow featuring her favorite princess.  Someday I hope to get Snow, Cinderella, Aurora and Belle tooth fairy pillow shams listed for sale in my Etsy shop.  Someday.

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It Started with One…

Initially she just wanted a Tiffany pillow for herself, but by the time I finished making pillows for customer Christina T. she’d ordered a total of nine!  These are just the second batch sent her way.

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Bazinga!

There’s no way I could keep my Etsy store stocked for all the “You’re in my Spot” pillow requests I get.  With enough lead time, though, I can get one specially made like I did for Lucy W. in July (threw in the Bazinga! one as a gift with purchase…)

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Hail Britannia!

This was a gift with purchase for a custom quilt order from August (yes, I know I still need to post that quilt.  What have I been doing all year?) Piecing a Union Jack is tricky!  Not only are the angles odd, but you have to make sure the finished layout is symmetrically asymmetrical (and, yes, that is a thing.)

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Reindeer Names

Somehow a bunch of reindeer subway signs got “Picked for Me” on Pinterest this year; naturally, I had to put my pillow spin on the idea. I hope to have this design in my Etsy store for the 2017 holiday season.

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Penguins Rule

I made several Always Be Yourself mermaid-themed pillows for a customer earlier this year and decided I needed a penguin one for myself.  This is another design I hope to have available for purchase in 2017.

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In Memoriam

I hate to end this pillow parade on a sad note, but I want to mention the passing this week of a fellow pillow crafter, Katherine of Pillows-a-la-Mode.  While I didn’t know her well, we did follow each other’s blogs.  She usually posted shabby chic, often up-cycled projects, with an added cute (and sometimes wickedly funny) twist ~ the a-la-Mode.  I will miss her inspirational ideas and her kind comments here at Snip-Itz.

I Have Special Ties to These Pillows

For a while now, I’ve wanted to make a pair of bow pillows.  I’ve seen some online and they were always pretty, but looked a little difficult to make.  Still, when I had a little extra white twill from another project recently, I decided to try sewing a couple for myself…

bowpillows

Turns out tying them was only the second hardest part – making sure the super long ties weren’t sewn into a seam, now that was a challenge!

The peppermint fabric had been in my stash for a while and I’m really glad I found such a cute use for it.  And now there’s proof NOT EVERYTHING in my holiday decor is Grinch themed (though they do coordinate nicely! 😀)

These Pillows Were Simply Meant to Be

You know I love pillows, so a couple of months ago, when craftyStacy reposted her Jack Skellington and Sally t-shirt tutorial, I immediately thought, pillow shams!  (Well, TBH, the first thing I thought was “So jealous!” but the pillow thing went through my mind right after that.)

Jack Skellington & Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas Pillow Shams by Whimzie Quiltz

I went with satin-stitch appliqué instead of craftyStacy’s reverse appliqué; it’s just the technique I’m most comfortable with.  And, while Jack has the classic scrappy border in tone-on-tone black fabrics that I use for most of my Whimzie Quiltz pillows, I went a little different with Sally. Her border is done with asymmetric piecing representing her crazy patchwork quilt clothes.  I was worried I wouldn’t have the right colors or patterns for her, but my stash came to the rescue once again (17+ years of collecting fabric FTW!)

tnbcfabricI used a black and white stripe accent on both to further the idea they go together and both have Camelot’s new “The Nightmare Before Christmas” fabric for the back.

I’m so grateful that craftyStacy shared her shirt idea as I couldn’t be more thrilled with how my pillow version turned out.  Forget trying to figure out if “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie – I’ll be displaying this duo around here all year long!