This month’s initial pillow is for my oldest granddaughter (who is not all that old). I appliqued a pink letter A onto a patchwork background.
I am using 50 weight Aurifil in the bobbin. I tried something new to me for my top thread…Wonderfil’s Konfetti, also 50 weight. I had trouble with it fraying until I switched to a size 14 needle. Then all was well!
I like Christina Cameli’s peapod free motion quilting design, so I used it here. I stitched with a small scale, so didn’t really like how it turned out. At first. After I got the whole picture, I decided the texture was pretty cool. However, I still think I’d like the peapod design stitched out on a larger scale better.
The peapod fmq design is alternated with Christina’s branching free motion quilting design. I felt the same about the results of this stitching, as I did with the peapod stitching.
Here is how the completed quilting looks from the back (as a wholecloth project, I really like it…but no one will ever see the back):
A closer look:
The front of the pillow top before sewing into a pillow and washing:
The completed pillow (washed, so that I can admire the texture washing creates):
The back is made from a sweet plaid, and has a concealed zipper.
I chose option #4 from QuiltShopGal’s 2015 April Free Motion Quilting Challenge. I am linking up here.
Check out Christina’s blog; she has many ideas and tips to help and inspire your free motion quilting!
Initial Pillow No. 1
Initial Pillow No. 2
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For my first initial pillow, I chose to create a pillow cover for my youngest grandchild.
This time, I have created a pillow covering for my oldest grandchild. His favorite color is orange, and he is partially color blind.
I wanted borders around the letter and star so that I could use a variety of free motion quilting designs.
Whether I am free motion quilting a pillow cover, or a full-size quilt, I like to begin by stitching in the ditch to stabilize my project. It also allows me to remove the pins so that they no longer hinder my stitching (I quilt with a domestic sewing machine).
Wonderfil Invisfil is my favorite thread to use for stitching in the ditch.
I used one of Cindy Needham’s stencils to easily mark quilting lines on the star points. I could have used several choices of markers, but I used chalk that I pounced on.
I also like to use Pam Clarke’s stencils for marking. The grids are great for spacing even distances for parallel quilting or many other types of designs.
The rest of the free motion quilting on the pillow cover was done without marking. I use Aurifil 50 weight thread for the quilting.
This is the finished pillow before washing:
The pillow back has a concealed zipper.
There is a lot of texture after washing!
I am doing Option #1 from QuiltShopGal’s Free Motion Quilting Challenge 2015 March (featuring Patsy Thompson). Here is a link to the post that shows my participation in the Patsy Thompson part of the Free Motion Quilting Challenge 2012.
I am linking up with quiltshopgal.
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