It's been a busy sewing week for me. It all started when I made an apron for a friend's birthday. Naturally, I got too much material, so I had a bit left over of all three fabrics.
I stumbled across four fabric squares I had bought last year, and my creative juices took over. What should I make? Well, with the four fabric squares, I knew they would be a quilt top. So, together they came. But it was still a little small...I laid out the leftover blue--and it was the perfect size for adding a border around the quilt top. So what should I use for the back? I bought this plain white sheet from the thrift store a while ago, and I've been using pieces from it for my craft projects, but you could see the design through the back. That means I got to go shopping! And I bought this beautiful piece of red:
Wouldn't you know, when I got home, I had measured my quilt top wrong and this fabric was a good six inches too short! Now what?? So I laid my quilt top to the side and went back to that leftover apron fabric. I had just made a four-piece quilt top, so I decided to do a four-piece pillow top also. I cut out four squares of the print fabrics, but it was kinda small. I thought, to mix things up a bit, that I would do a solid blue border in between the four pieces. Except...I used up all the rest of the blue on the quilt. Another reason to go shopping!! So back to this too-small red. Now that I had pillows on my mind, I looked in my book for other pillow ideas.
I found a pillow that needed two fabrics, so I looked in my stash to see if I had anything that went with my new red. And I did. :-)
I used a piece from that white sheet as the back for the red, and there was plenty of the flags for a front and back, but the design needed a nice, big button right in the middle. Shopping trip time! A bigger red quilt back, more solid blue, and huge plastic buttons, and I was finally ready to put all my projects together. My new red is a little thinner, so I definitely needed something in between the top and the back. My white sheet was not wide enough, but I remembered that I have a bolt of thick white material we got at a thrift store several years ago.
When we got it, it was a good 8 inches in diameter. I've used some to make curtains, a couch cover and two cushion covers. I cut two pieces for the "batting" and sewed the four layers together. Tada!
I have no idea how to do the edge, so I will ask a friend for help. So the quilt isn't completely finished yet, but that's the main story on it. With the new blue, I finished the first pillow I started:
(The back is the solid blue, also.) Then with my new button, I made the second pillow:
The red piece has the white sheet as it's back, and the flag piece has the pillow stuffing inside of it. For the ties, I used some cool yarn we got at--guess where?--the thrift store! Okay, now that all that is finished, time for some downstairs activities where it's cooler. :-)
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.