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Bug Pillows. Without the Bugs.

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Okay, there are a few bugs.

Remember this fabric? I needed to make some pillows out of it for Miss E.’s preschool. Well, it’s in there. On one of them, anyway. Someplace.

Pillow No. 1: I pulled a bunch of fabric in colors that coordinated with the bugs. And what do you know, I love the color combination—and I’m not sure I would have come up with it without that hideous bug print for inspiration.

I actually would have liked to make this pillow out of hexagons—it goes with the bug theme after all. But I didn’t want to take the time to handpiece them. I want to try hexagon paper-piecing sometime soon, but this was not the project for that. I just wanted to bang this one out.

Pillow No. 2: Instead of using the bugs again, I couldn’t resist those Oddysea charms (which were still sitting out after I changed my mind about using them for the That Girl Quilt Along). The school is on Lake Michigan, so the fish theme was appropriate.

I quilted it in random wavy lines, inspired by that blue print in the upper left, and I was really happy with this quilting. My biggest problem with free-motion is that my stitch length is horribly inconsistent. But I was able to do these wavy lines with my walking foot, thus eliminating that problem. I think I’ll have to do a whole quilt like this one of these days.

7 replies
  1. Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth D. says:

    I really dig the way the wavy lines look, I haven't tried that before. And I love the colors you picked to go with the slightly horrid bug fabric. You definitely made it work (I feel like Tim Gunn saying that)!

  2. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    Great job on the pillows! I love the quilting on the second pillow. I, too, have a problem with consistency when it comes to FMQ, so using the walking foot is a good alernative. I might have to "borrow" that idea from you!

  3. QuiltyGirl
    QuiltyGirl says:

    Cute!
    I'm actually headed up to see my BFF this week in Milwaukee, maybe that's close to you! She just moved there-any tips on the best fabric shops?

    I love the wave quilting. I used that quilting on a queen size mendocino for my daughter's big girl bed. I quilted it on a frame, though, so my stitches aren't super consistent. I still love it, though! (I also made a lot of my lines cross, which resulted in a pretty cool texture and pattern!)
    You can see it here if you want:
    http://thegirlwhoquilts.blogspot.com/2010/08/mendocino-quilt-finally.html

    Great job on the pillows!

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