I'm very VERY new to quilting, but I decided to make my friends daughter (practically my niece) a pillow for her birthday. I was a bit ambitious with my first project, but I think it turned out rather cute. I used a flying geese block that I pulled from the Jitterbug quilt in Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott, which you can get here at Connecting Threads. I loved the dominance of white with the pop of colors and thought it would be perfect using the Antoinette sampler.
Since I'm such a visual person, I made a block using Illustrator and filled in the swatches where I wanted them to go, this way I had a guide to follow when creating my pillow. Then I cut and cut and cut all those little pieces..., and then it was time to sew! This project was ambitious because of how small the pieces were and how many of them there were; points didn't totally line up for me at each juncture, but they are pretty close, ha ha! Both sides of the pillow are the same block, but with different color placement. Once I got my pieces sewn and block completed, I added the batting backing and quilted it. I first was going to use my machine to stitch in the ditch, but that didn't quite work me, so I hand stitched in the ditch. Then I sewed the blocks right sides together leaving a 4" opening, turned inside out then stuffed the pillow. I chose to use poly fil as opposed to a premade pillow form. Then I machine stitched the opening closed and voila! I'm really happy with how it came out and I can't wait to give Mia her birthday pillow!
As part of our ‘summer of samplers’ one lucky commenter can win the Antoinette Sampler featured in this post. Simply leave a comment by 08/08/10, and I will draw the name of one lucky winner using a random number
generator by Monday. Good luck!