Here in Minnesota we are finally getting a beautiful day! It’s hot and very sunny – We have had 14 days with rain in June, so we’ve had lots of gloomy weather. That gloomy weather makes it hard to get pictures of quilting projects, but I did venture out on one of the days when it was only misty, and snapped a few pictures of some shams that we made last month, in preparation for quilt market. In case you missed it, my Mom and I put out a book on pillow shams in February. You can read about it here. We made a few more out of our Sanibel fabric, and I realized that I hadn’t shown them on the blog yet.
First up is this queen size sham, with a scalloped flange.
I love the cross hatching that my Mom did on this pillow. She used a double needle, which creates a slight pin tuck effect, with minimal work involved. A double needle is the only way I could ever get a double line of stitching to be straight! If you haven’t tried using one yet, you should . . .
This next pillow is one of the options for the bound pillow with ties. We added some applique for a touch of whimsy. (Notice the wet rocks?)
Lastly, we made a couple of accent pillows. The thing that makes these pillows a little more special is the covered buttons. I like to use really large ones – almost 2″ – but they are a little hard to find. Every time I see them, I stock up so I’m sure to have a few lying around whenever I want to add some fun buttons to something. Covered buttons are really easy to make. My only complaint about them, is they are awkward to sew to the pillow if you want to go through all the layers of the pillow, like I did.
My last shot shows one of my favorite prints from the Sanibel line – the aqua blue and tangerine floral.
BTW – Sanibel will be available soon, as I just heard the bolts are just starting to ship out. Yeah!