Monday, June 11, 2012

Pillows inspired by "Quilting Modern"

I'm not sure if I've mentioned the new book, Quilting Modern, before. I know Katie from the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, although I didn't actually meet her until the book was well underway. She is tons of fun, and so inspiring! As I read through my copy of the book, I really felt like a little bit of Katie went into each project and technique.
Jacquie is equally as inspiring! Her blog was one of the very first quilt blogs that I ever followed, and even as my tastes change and my blogger roll reflexes that, I don't think I will EVER tire of Jacquie's work. I haven't met her in person, but she's very sweet over email!
I buy very few books, especially sight unseen. But I knew that this book would be a hit, so I preordered it - and I was not disappointed! What I love so much about this book is that it is a collection of modern quilting techniques before it is a pattern book. There are directions for creating the quilts in the book, but there are also fabulous descriptions of techniques and other layouts using the techniques.Oh, and I can't forget the section that covers quilting designs - who doesn't need more quilting inspiration?!
The first project that I made was with stitch and flip triangles. I wanted to make a pillow for a friend as a birthday gift, so I thought this would be a fun time to try out the technique.
G Pillow
I used linen for the center of the pillow and hand embroidered a G for my friend's last name:
G Pillow
Straight line quilting:
G Pillow
I used a brown for the binding and one of my most favorite prints for the back:
G Pillow back
Fabrics on the front are from Outfoxed by Lizzy House (orange) and It's a Hoot by Momo (teal).
Back fabric is from Weekends by Erin McMorris.
I also tried the slice and dice technique in the book, and made this pillow for Felicity (she blogged about it here!):
Fpillow front
On the back I used a cheerful raindrop fabric. She does live in Vancouver, after all. :)
Fpillow back
Fabrics on the front are linen (from JoAnn's) and Quilter's Linen in lime and azure, I think. I really love the quilter's linen because it has the stability of a quilting cotton with the visual texture of linen. It washes up really well, and I don't mind at all that it's not real linen!
On the back I used a print from Summersault by Eric McMorris.
I can't wait to use some of these techniques in larger projects. The stitch and flip triangles are especially appealing to me, because they create so many different layouts!


CityHouseStudio said...

So cute! I love that embroidered G.
And the quilting on Felicity's pillow is amazing - the contrast with the blue is wonderful!

felicity said...

Oh the photos look better here than on my blog. Yay! Thanks again for my beautiful pillow! I loves it.

Beth said...

I love both those pillows! I love how you added the initial on the first one. And the colors! I'm a Erin McMorris fan as well. I'm excited to browse around your blog.

CitricSugar said...

Very cute!! I won a copy of that book but it hasn't got here yet. I'm extra excited now...

jacquie said...

So awesome!!! Thanks for the kind words about the book too!