Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Yep, another pillow. This one did not take 30 years of thinking to make. Only about 3 weeks. One night a week ago I couldn't sleep (awake until 4 a.m.) so got up and sewed the black pillow. I had bought the fabric and pillow form earlier for just this project. Then it took awhile because I thought I might have a scrap of Halloween fabric to use for the pillow's mini-skirt. (I never wore one in high school and didn't even realize there was a deep down desire for one; now I have one.) When I finally found my stash of Halloween fabric it was all in a small zip lock bag with nothing large enough to use. I did not want to piece or applique anything, I wanted something fast and easy. So when I delivered my 4 dozen patterns the quilt shop ordered I bought 1/4 yard of this happy pumpkin fabric (the pumpkins will work or Halloween AND Thanksgiving!). I had planned on the 'skirt' being more like a sleeve but due to the directionality of the print and my pocketbook (I would have needed to buy another 4 inches of fabric!) I came up with this (I wanted 4 ties instead of 2 but this is all the fabric I had.) How do you take a bright orange rickrack and change it to go with the muted orange of the fabric? Take a dollop of brown paint, dilute it with water, drop in the rickrack, squeeze it several times, rinse it a bit since it is too dark, dry it, iron it and apply. It almost took longer to write about it than it did to make it.