My first real “commissioned” piece is for my cousin and dear friend, Karen.
She asked me to make two pillows for her mom, (My Aunt Kaye) for her birthday.
I think she’s turning 85 next month.
I know Aunt Kaye and her love of bright colors. Karen said her bedroom is bright pink and green. That is the only direction she gave me for the project. Visions of hot pink and lime green did a jitterbug in my imagination during my road trip to Material Girls Quilt Shoppe . Within 15 feet of the front door, there it was! Summer House series by Moda. It screamed the essence of Aunt Kaye. I bought 3 full yards and seven fat quarters. No fuss, no muss, no plan.
I don’t really have “A Process“. I’m learning to trust my artist’s intuition and hope for the best. I lay the fabric out on my work table and stare at it for a couple days. Then in true “Johnny Depp/Edwards Scissorhands” mode, I start cutting let ’em fly.
I stitch the pieces together with organized randomness.
Soon I have the two pillows framed up. Wow, do I ever have a lot of fabric left over. I never measure anything. I just estimate and hope for the best. Well, the best is yet to come on this project.
I have enough for a lap quilt to match the pillows. A little more “Edward Scissorhands” action is required. I proceed to the “madly stitching” phase and finish it with a bright green border.
“No Fabric Left Behind” is my motto.
I just forgot I had to back the quilt.
Oh well, I ordered the backing online.
I quilt the pillows myself with the darn darning foot that came with my Bernina.
Note to self for the umpteenth time:
“Order a free motion quilting foot ..NOW!”
I loop it around and around.
It’s like doodling with a sewing machine.
I am reminded why I usually don’t take photos outside.
Some detail of the vintage button closures.
I would be embarrassed to show you my collection of vintage buttons.
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