Today in “Things That Feel Good”: Finishing.
Or… almost finishing. I’ve gotten two fairly major projects nearly done. The first is my first quilt. A project I’ve been working on for a while, it’s destined to replace my existing duvet cover primarily for warmer months. What on earth possessed me to do a queen-sized quilt for my first project, I’ll never know. I only learned how to sew this summer, but the idea of doing something so big seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve had the quilt top done for a few weeks, but I just finished the quilt back yesterday (see below).
The quilt is a variation on Amy Butler’s “Thea’s Puzzle Quilt” (pdf) made with the “Poseidon” colorway from Kona Cotton. The border on the front is Kona Charcoal and the main fabric on the back is Kona Medium Gray. And for the real kicker, the binding is going to be a bright pink “Pomegranate”. I can’t wait for that. But first I have to bring my respirator home so I can spray tack the quilt sandwich and get started on the actual quilting.
It’s definitely not as polished as it might be if I had more experience quilting. But I’m planning to try something a bit more manageable for my next project.
And just in case I didn’t have enough on my plate with a huge quilt, I’ve also started making pillow covers for my sofa set. The current pillows are incredibly boring and pretty ugly, even if they do have a vaguely quilt-like look to them. I wanted to add a pop of color to the room and figured this was a good way to practice some new sewing skills and freshen things up as well.
For the four pillows I used 4 fat quarters of a green/bronze fabric from Andover Fabrics. The bronze metallic color matches my current nail polish, so I can understand why it appealed to me so much. I used a basic envelope pillow pattern from Sew Mama Sew.
For the back, I used some leftover Kona Charcoal from the quilt plus some of the fabric from the front to break up the darkness of the gray.
I need to grab some more gray yardage before I can finish the rest of the pillows, but overall I’m super pleased with how they’ve turned out. The difference is pretty dramatic right?