Monday, December 16, 2013

The Rise of Franken-Pillow

The other day I was sewing busily along. I needed to start machine quilting the charm quilt and, well... I didn't want to. But I wanted to sew. I wasn't going to let myself start another large scale project when I had Christmas presents to complete, and frankly I just wanted to have a purely creative few minutes. I looked to the right of my sewing machine where my cutting board lives and saw a variety of scraps from different projects piled about. I grabbed a few and stitched them together, then cut them at a "strange" angle and continued to do so until I came up with this:

A tour of scraps from the last 10 years of my quilting projects.
Somewhere between the sewing and cutting the purple swirls and adding the sushi fabric I decided this would be a great gift for my 9 year-old niece. In part that decision was because two of the fabrics in this quilt are from her baby quilt (the red checker print and the strawberries), and also in part I didn't know what to make her since she's too old for dolls and too young for the body products I am making. I ended up stopping at a 16 1/2" square because beyond that it was going to get a bit cumbersome. Perfect size for a throw pillow too.
Larger scraps from my collection for the back of the pillow. Another fun element. Who says the back of anything has to be one solid piece of fabric?

I sandwiched the crazy quilt with some scrap cotton batting and muslin and then I went to town quilting it. This part was just as fun for me as putting the pieces together. It might have been more fun if my machine had more than two decorative stitches. After putting it together and stuffing it, this is what I got.
Voila, Franken-pillow!
(To be accurate it would be Frankenstein's pillow,
but Franken-pillow is more fun.)

I'm proud of myself for getting a project done in time to ship it and not pay an exorbitant amount to get it there before Christmas.

Honestly, sewing Franken-pillow was a blast. I haven't had that much fun at my sewing machine in a while. Is that strange to say when I love quilting so much? Maybe ... maybe not. If I think about it for too long my head starts to hurt, but what it comes down to is this: Quilting, or the process of making a quilt, is a lot of repetition and guidelines about which piece gets cut at what angle and placed where. Crazy quilting is, well, I don't want to say its the opposite, but it's not as precise. It's a way to be a little more wibbly-wobbly with what some would call the "rules" and just go for it. Just sew, for the sake of sewing. Also, it's a great way to use up scraps!

1 comment:

  1. That is so cool! I love how the pillow turned out.