Hello Everyone! I hope you are staying warm and that my Texas friends are recovering from your cold week. We were able to get out and walk on Wednesday before it snowed again on Thursday, and hope to walk later this afternoon. Maybe we’ll combine the walk with a short drive. It’s supposed to be a bit warmer (high 30’s) and continue to warm up this week. It’s been a good time to stay in and get a few things finished for Finish It February.
Last week I finished the cabin pillow. I stitched the center embroidery section when I designed the Timber and Christmastime Collection for Jacquelynne Steves Art of Home Club in 2018. If you are interested in the monthly club, you can find more information about it here. The pillow is in front of the applique quilt I designed and made for the collection.
I kept the pillow simple and cut boarders from Holiday Lodge fabric by Deb Strain the size needed to fit a 16″ x 12″ pillow form. I free motion quilted swirls in the sky and “water” on the ground for the snow. The background fabric is Spotted by Zen Chic, both collections from Moda. It’s hard to see, but I quilted a diagonal grid design in the boarders. I used my favorite Auriful 50 wt for the quilting and used two strands of black Aurifloss for the embroidery. When I quilt on an embroidery piece, I don’t quilt over the embroidery (except to cross the stitched line) but I do like to quilt around the stitched line on both sides to give the design some definition. You don’t want to leave a big puffy space in the middle of a quilt block.
To add a little contrast between the boarders and binding, I made a piped binding. I have never used this method before and I like the extra touch it gives the pillow. It was easy and there are lots of online tutorials and videos you can check out. I used Faux Piped Binding from the HQ Stitch blog. It was pretty easy and I will definitely be using it again, especially for a pillow binding.
I made my usual envelope pillow back so I can easily remove the pillow form if I want to use it for another pretty piece.
I put the other pillows back on the loveseat and that’s where they will stay until the first of March. I think I’ll be ready to start changing over to spring decorating by then. The blue pillow is the snowflake block from Thimble Blossoms Winterville pattern and there’s Button Up by The Prairie Schooler next to it.
I worked on my Christmas Table Runner again that I started in November. It stalled when I couldn’t decide on how to put the blocks together. After playing around with the little square between the sashing, I think I have it figured out. I’m going to make 8 square in square blocks with the red sashing from Christmas Figs. Instead of the charcoal print you see in the picture, I’ll be using a solid charcoal because I don’t have enough of that one.
Those square in a square blocks are the hardest for me to make. They just never seem to come out exactly right. I used EQ8 to print out the size of the block I need and will paper piece them. This should make them more accurate.
I’m hoping to at least get the top of the runner finished by the end of the week. I have 10 days to completely finish it if I want to add it to the Finish It February list. For my cross stitch, I’m counting the piece just being completely stitched as a finish, but I think on the quilts, they need to be completely quilted and finished.
I hope you all have a great week ahead of you and will be seeing some warmer days. Thanks for stopping by.