Friday, August 24, 2018

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? There's No Place Like Home...


Hi, all!

It's finally Friday!!  Did your week seem to go on forever?  Well, no problem - it's almost the weekend!  Since it's Friday, that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on - I hope you're ready!  Let's get started!

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I worked on a lot of things this week, but I only have one finish to show for it.  However, I love this finish, so it's good enough to whoop about!!  Here's the story of how it came about...


I found this bunch of leftover 4-patch blocks in one of my scrap tubs, and because it's Grunge, I pulled them out to play with.  I realized I had enough to make a pillow top, so that's what I went with!  Unfortunately, though, it sat there for a while after I sewed it together, waiting for that little spark of inspiration that would make it special...


Then it occurred to me that I could marry my new-found love of doodling calligraphy with this pillow-top.  Well, I didn't actually draw the doodle for the pillow top (although I did do the one above!) - I used my computer and a great font to create the word "Home".  A little fast work with the editing program and my printer, and I had a template for my appliqué!



Because I know some will ask, I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 to make my appliqué.  I love that stuff, because it is slightly sticky so you can attach it to your fabric without ironing until you are ready to put it on your finished piece.  So now the appliqué is attached, and wouldn't it be wonderful to call it quits right there?  But no, it really should be stitched down to be sure it stays there forever.  I put my batting on the back of the piece first (basting spray!), then stitched all around the edges of the appliqué using straight stitch, very close to the edge.


Then I did some straight line quilting, 1/4" on either side of the seam lines, breaking my stitching where it ran into the appliqué.  


After trimming, I made an envelope back for this pillow cover and put binding around the edges to finish it.


And there it is, the finished pillow!  This finished up at about 16" square, a great size for the sofa or favorite chair.  Or you could hang it on the wall as a mini wall hanging!


So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?

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And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?


What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share!  We want to dance right along with you,

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!

Hugs!

Sarah

22 comments:

  1. Lovely pillow top and applique, I like it so much.

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  2. I love the pillow -- the grunge fabrics are some of my favorites. And the pillow does have a fall vibe!

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  3. Your pillow is so super special! Watching the process of it coming together from those little scraps was amazing! Love it!

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  4. neat pillow - the weeks seem to fly by here

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  5. I love it! So cute. Now I really must make one of those word pillows that I have saved in my files!!

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  6. A simple word such as "home" definitely elevates a lovely pillow into adorable!!!

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  7. Wow! Sarah, this pillow is adorable. Love the colors and the appliqué. It is so sweet. You come up with such sweet ideas.

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  8. I should do pillow shams with my misfit blocks. I've been saving them for a misfit quilt but making pillows I would feel I accomplished so much more. Thank you for the linky party

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  9. Wonderful pillow cover Sarah! I may have to copy this idea for a housewarming present for my daughter!

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  10. Very nice pillow. These process posts are so helpful.

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  11. That is a FABULOUS finish, and a great tutorial! I haven't done any raw edge fusible applique but it's a fantastic technique for doing an intricate lettering font like you've done here. That would make for a quick, fun monogram for a baby quilt, too... Wheels a-spinnin'!! :-)

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  12. Lovely pillow! A great blend of colors and wording is perfect!

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  13. I love the added embroidery! Great idea!

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  14. The pillow top turned out magnificently!!!! What a wow factor!

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  15. Nice pillow. I have to do some letters on a quilt soon.

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  16. Girl, that Steam-a-Seam 2 is the best! I've been working on a few tees just to practice with my Silhouette and being able to move things around can save a project.
    I love your lettering (both of them) and the project. Maybe it's time to get back to pillows.

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  17. Every time I see this pillow, I think I need to make one! I love it. I use Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite, and I use fusible fleece on the back of the pillow top. Thanks for sharing this. I always enjoy seeing what you are creating!

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