Monday, 16 July 2018

One little lighthouse...

I had a play around with some alternative fabrics
but decided to stick with the Charley Harper for this one and this is how it went.
 I've ended up with this.  
Clearly it will need a back and possibly, though I don't much fancy doing it, a zip, but I am thinking I would also like to add a little bit of quilting.  Never having done this before I'd welcome any words of wisdom!

13 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I agree that quilting the front of the pillow will give it nice stability. I typically quilt the panel and then trim down to the size I want after quilting and before adding the backing details.

Ann said...

I like Charley Harper better, too.
I made a pillow for my grandparents years ago and didn’t quilt it. It lasted about a week. Definitely layer and quilt this.
The zippers I make are actually easy, not like putting a zip in a dress. OR you could take one of your old shirts and use the button placket instead of a zip. Very easy.

Julierose said...

Lovely block--I like that addition of the bottom strip--hugs, Julierose

Quiltdivajulie said...

For my pillows, I add a layer of batting and a piece of backing to the top. I don't over-quilt but I do at least outline the main elements OR do simple organic lines all in one direction (diagonal, vertical, horizontal). You could also do a bit of free form baptist fan quilting (hand or machine) which would echo the billows of the waves and the wind. And I tend to make envelope back pillows rather than zippers or buttons. There are lots of online pillow back tutorials that might help you decide. (I am glad you stayed with this sky fabric!)

jann said...

Love the birds and the whole scene. I always make an envelope back (overlap) back to my pillows ever since I had a zipper explode when the pillow was leaned against.

patty a. said...

I would quilt the pillow top. I like Ann's idea of using a shirt front and the plackets as your closure.

The top turned out so good!

Gale Bulkley said...

I too use backing and batting for the top, and finish quilting before trimming to size for final assembly. An envelope is my favourite finish for the back since it won't poke like a zipper, be lumpy like a button or otherwise interfere with snuggling the pillow.

Sharon said...

I agree, quilt the top before making the pillow. It will hold its shape better and look more "finished". I too prefer an envelope back - it's easy to get the form in and out of the cover. I overlap at least 1/3 of the back of each side. If you want to, I often fasten the back down with Velcro and then sew some buttons over the velcro on the outside, just for looks.

I'm glad you went with the Charlie Harper fabric too. It looks great!

O'Quilts said...

very nice...so much fun to follow along

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Charley Harper was a great choice! Looks fantastic with your lighthouse. I also like the fabric you used for the base. Lovely!

-Soma

Janie said...

Great work, Kaja.
Your piecing and fabric choices all work together perfect.

Mystic Quilter said...

Missed your Detours post a week ago Kaja and just catching up. Super lighthouse, birdie fabric and the wonderful little floral strip at the bottom. All just fits together perfectly.

QuiltSwissy said...

I agree...…..Love it. I need to make several pillows. Maybe now I will get off my duff and make some.