Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PTS3 ~ The Evolution of a pillow







pillow swap talk - ROUND 3 Sign ups!
Partners were handed out for the 3rd Pillow Talk swap. A totally fun event whereupon you are given a partner (they don't know who you are) for whom you are to make a pillow according to their specifications (if any) and then you in turn receive a pillow from someone else (who you don't know) etc etc. This swap is run by the fabulous Heather (a la mode fabric) and the amazing Kerri (Sew dearly loved) and hosts a whole cast of amazingly talented quilters and sewists.

This whole process was a complete blast! I highly recommend it.

So after partners were handed out, it was time to do a little cyber-sleuthing/stalking? I had received my partner and checked them out from afar. Feels a little weird to be trying to figure out someone I don't even know. But stalking commenced, I checked their blog, checked their photostream on flickr, and tried to get an impression of their tastes. Then, I had some ideas ready to try out.


The Palette ~


My partner had specific requests, but also left it pretty open. Taking some inspiration from their mosaic I came up with this design. Influenced, by circles, colors, and modern art ~ cubism. This is my spin on all of those elements in pillow form.


The basic design ~ although the final version was a little different

I decided to do a specific grid of changing colors for the pieced fabric going from one color to another because I'm all about color fade-in and fade-out lately - I don't know why, I just am. It's a kick I'm on. I decided to try this out on paper first...

So I embarked upon an entirely nutty adventure in quilting. This is in part because I'm not really a quilter, I figure out a design first and then try to make it happen in fabric and I always try to do this just a little bit differently probably because I think of fabric more as a pliable construction material than anything else and I really like to make things challenging.

This time my endeavor involved using lots and lots and lots.....
lots and lots of tiny squares
of tiny squares of fabric. Over 1600 of them actually. Eventually when all was said and done, the squares ended up creating a 1/2 inch grid - yup, that would be where nutty came in, insane, deranged - pick your adjective.
Luckily, I remembered Elisabeth (Oh Fransson!'s) tutorial for Sew mama Sew on small squares piecing and that saved me. Phew!


The colors come together ~So, after this lovely mosaic was done, I then proceeded to cut it up again - yes you heard me correctly.

Tools of the trade ~

I followed this with a little circle piecing for the final design to emerge. The circle piecing was a little challenging because the pieced fabric was very thick and I paired it with Linen which has it's own challenges. I decided to beef up the linen with some lightweight interfacing and in the end, it came together pretty well. Add some straight line quilting and....

...it's done!

I hope you like it partner because it is coming your way. I'm a bit nervous about this actually because this design is really kind of out there, the colors are wild, it's beyond my comfort zone ~ but there you have it, the evolution of a pillow.


The pillow talk swap was totally a rad thing to do. Stretched my design ideas, got me thinking in a totally different direction than normal and made me realize just how pathetically boring most of our throw pillows are around here. Really, I need to do something about that next...

Happy sewing!

20 comments:

Betty Crocker Ass said...

Amazing! So pretty and so much thought and work! Nice job.

wishes, true and kind said...

I am completely speechless! When I saw the first photo, I told myself that it was fabric with little squares or color, but you pieced it! Oh my! I feel sorry for my partner! What creativity, thought, and time you have put into this beauty! Really amazing!

Krista said...

All I can say is WOW. Your PTS# partner is going to be thrilled.

Samelia's Mum said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!
The colours work so well together. Quick piecing is awesome. Love it!

Jenny said...

Wow,wow, wow!!! what a gorgeous pillow, all those little squares - unbelievable! you have such an amazing talent!

Megan said...

THAT is an awesome pillow!

Carla Hegeman Crim said...

Oh my goodness, that is stunning!!!!

Heather said...

hoely shiz!!! i can't believe how fantastic your pillow is and how much thought went into it!!! Your partner is just gonna die when they see it!! :)

xo, Heather

Cheryl Arkison said...

Wow, that is amazing! Such work. If your partner doesn't appreciate it, I know someone who will...

ReginaH said...

Holly Smolly!!! That is AMAZING!!! Oh, Caroline!!! It is so impressive, a true work of art. How many of those tiny squares did it take? You have some mad skills, my hat is off to you!

houseofestrogen said...

That is spectacular, Caroline!!

Robin said...

wow
those are a lot of itty bitty squares!
it is fantabulous!

KarrieLyne said...

This pillow is absolutely incredible!!! It must have taken you forever!! Lucky partner!!

What did you do with all the leftover mini squares? Or did you use them all up?

Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign said...

Thank-you! You guys are too sweet. KarrieLyne, I have a whole bag of those squares leftover. Want them?

traceyjay said...

it's beyond incredible.

Amazing.
Stunning.
so so great!

kaiolohiakids said...

WOW!!!!!

It's so beautiful-after all that work, I'm surprized you can bear to part with it!

Ruby Star said...

My goodness. You have done a fine job for not being a quilter. Very impressive indeed.

Pattie Crum said...

I can't believe anyone wouldn't love this. It's just incredible, what an amazing job.

laurenaphelps said...

Wow! I've never seen anything like this! It's awesome! I was happy to see someone using Oh Fransson's technique. I want to try that sometime.

emedoodle said...

This is really spectacular! :) Amazing!