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Win this Sampler! Flying Geese Quilted Pillow!

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!

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Comment by Doris Mote on August 8, 2010 at 2:09pm
What a lovely pillow! It is very light and bright. What girl wouldn't want that one on her bed!!!!
Comment by Mary Rogers/MN on August 8, 2010 at 11:06am
Who wouldn't love a chance to win this cute pillow! Maybe today will be my lucky day!
Comment by Carol McNab on August 8, 2010 at 10:06am
What a wonderful pillow. Great birthday gift. Thanks for the chance to win.
Comment by Carol Wadkins on August 8, 2010 at 9:31am
Jenni, I really find it hard to believe that it was your first quilting item............... It's wonderful, I love the colors and putting it into a pillow was an excellent idea. I sure would love to be a winner for this one!!! Thanks for the chance!
Comment by Tina Weikel on August 8, 2010 at 6:14am
I am looking to make my first quilt, but I think I will start with something simpler. Yours is most beautifully done!
Comment by Alpha G. Hawkins on August 8, 2010 at 5:14am
How lovely. You did a great job. Love the colors.Alpha
Comment by E Inn on August 7, 2010 at 9:01pm
Hi Jenni -- Your scrappy flying geese pillow turned out really cute. I like your color choices. Estie
Comment by Pat Vigil on August 7, 2010 at 9:06am
so bright and cheery!
Comment by Annette Ackley on August 6, 2010 at 2:49pm
Your pillow is very nicely done. I have tried the flying geese. My points didn't match. But that could be because I hand stitched my pieces together. I need more practice. LOL Love the colors!!
Comment by Rinchen on August 6, 2010 at 7:21am
I am a bit confused. Where is it quilted? Or is this a quilt top?

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