Friday, February 26, 2010

Joseph's Coat Pillow - it's done!!

Joseph's Coat Pillow

Can I say how much I really want to keep this one for myself?!
Although, I've had my share of drama with trying to finish up this pillow. I thought I would handstitch all of the pieces on (which would look beautiful) and spent about 4 hours laying it all out on the fabric and stitching only 5 pieces on. I then stepped back and took a good look at it (admiring all of my hard work so late at night) and realized that I had sewn it all on crooked, so that I couldn't cut it out in a nice square and have the pattern centered and square. ugh...
Joseph's Coat Pillow - it's done!

Well, I had to let it go and start over in the morning..... this time placing everything straight and square. I also decided that I couldn't devote that much time to hand stitching every piece down, so I went with a simple blanket stitch to secure each piece.  I chose a warm grey colored thread that complimented all of the colorful fabrics and then quilted in the triangle shapes between the appliques.
Joseph's Coat Pillow - detail


Joesph's Coat Pillow - detail

So, I got it all finished and sewn up and thought maybe I should iron it before taking a few pictures. Well, you know what happened, my iron spewed out some yucky stuff on the white fabric and now it needed to be washed! (I tried getting a new iron a while ago, but that one actually started on fire, so I went back to the old trusty one. I figure a little spewing of yucky stuff once in a while is much better than a fire!)
Pillow - back

Joseph's Coat Pillow
So, this pillow and I have a little bit of a love/hate relationship. I'm really happy to send it off to someone and make their day, that has to be one of the best parts about doing a swap. I know (hope) he or she will really like it!  Maybe someday I'll be willing to try out this pattern again.... but not for a while.

If you want to try this pattern, it's found on the Don't Look Now blog and is called the Joseph's Coat Quilt Along. I have a great amount of admiration for anyone creating a quilt with this pattern! All that hand stitching, gluing, and fussy cutting fabric takes so much time, but yields beautiful results. Hopefully my machine stitching doesn't detract from the overall design.

Pillow Stats:
size: 24" x 24"
fabrics: Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit, Kona in White, Shot Cotton in Sunshine
cotton batting

~Jessica

29 comments:

Jenny said...

your pillow is just perfect!

Stacey said...

I think it looks beautiful!! Great Job!!

A. said...

It is positively amazing! I love your color placement, the quilting, the back... it's really awesome. Great job!

Sew It UP! said...

If your partner doesn't like it then I'd be more than happy to take it off your hands.

It's simply gorgeous!

Claudia said...

It is so beautiful! The way you finished it is just perfect. I'm sure your swap partner (lucky dog!) is going to love it!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Beautiful! I thought you hand stitched the blanket edge too. I wished my machine would do that stitch. It turned out just gorgeous! I think I'm going to have to go by some of that line of fabric too. Good job! Jenn

Leah said...

Lucky girl, your swappie! beautiful work, it is lovely.

Luv 2 Kreate said...

Your pillow is amazing. I am also admiring the label you use on your projects. How do you make them? I need to start labeling, but like small and simple, and not really sure how to go about it.

twin fibers said...

Thank you everyone for all the kind comments!! :) (You've made my day!)
Luv 2 Kreate - the labels are from Namemaker.com They are a fabric, woven label... and I just love them. I've ordered from that company a couple of times and have always had good results. Make sure to sign up on their e-mail listing and then, quite often, they send out 20% off coupons for the labels.
:) Jessica

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

Oh man, that pillow is awesome. Very inspiring.

Leslie said...

this is so gorgeous...i would not be able to part with it.

Amber said...

Your quilting is amazing - I love the blanket stitch and the outline stitch...beautiful! Someone (and I'm hoping me) will be so excited to get this pillow in the mail!

Jody said...

I love your honesty Jessica...because it just makes everyone's experience so real:) I always have trouble with my iron too so when I read your posting, it made me smile! I think the pillow looks beautiful and anyone would be absolutely thrilled to receive it!

Terri said...

This turned out beautiful. I am having a love hate thing with my pillow as well. Glad you made it through it really looks fantastic

Elizabeth said...

That turned out so beautifully. I love the fabric combination and placement and the blanket stitching in grey is just perfect. The quilting is beautiful and I'm sure whoever receives it will love it. You did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing!

Jona said...

Great job, I love it! It is so beautiful!
I have to go take a look at how to make it and will definetely try!

Andi said...

Stunning

Diane said...

You did a lovely job. The receiver will be thrilled and awestruck at what you have done!

Heather G. said...

Absolutely gorgeous! It looks awesome! Good work!

Sherri said...

I just love this!

wishes, true and kind said...

Perfection!

Little Miss Shabby said...

This is just an amazing pillow. =) I love it dearly!

Donnelly said...

I found you by visiting Rachel at P.S. I quilt. I love your pillow. I love the blanket stitch. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day!

Valerie said...

That's one of the coolest pillows I've seen in a long time!

Ariel said...

I'm inspired! This pillow is divine. I love the new blog design and the quilt you made for Mandy's little girl is awesome. Keep the eye candy coming!

Jan said...

I love the stitching! So pretty!

badlandsquilts said...

So cute...where do you order your fabric labels from?

Elizabeth said...

That's beautiful. I've been watching the quilt-along, but I know I would never finish a quilt, even though I love them. Doing a pillow is a great idea.

stitchedincolor said...

This is so perfect! I absolutely love your use of color. Way to go sticking to a hard project. I think I'll be making a pillow too - we need some new ones. Thanks!