24 November 2011

Denim patchwork pillow

I'm working on a series of cushion covers pieced from recycled denim jeans. Each cushion is a variation on the six-petaled flower medallion I designed for the Pear Blossom quilt.

The cushion is 20" square.

I topstitched in heavy cotton jeans thread.

My favorite bits are the enclosure details on the back. More jeans top stitching, and reinforcing rivets on both edges of the zipper opening.

The zipper is No. 5 (standard jeans size) antique brass with a chain pull. I considered going with a jeans locking pull for the zipper but I decided the locking would be annoying.

The cushion is lined with upcycled yarn-dyed cotton sheeting and bound with cotton chambray

I love the denim patina on the back.

These are the six designs I'm working on. The finished pillow is ready to ship in my Etsy shop, and the other designs are available for make-to-order.

21 November 2011

(Un) baby blanket

I'm working on a baby quilt, but I'm not sure it looks like a baby blanket.

I started with Thomas's Naptime Pillow pattern. When I was small I built mazes out of wooden blocks, then legos, and I wanted to capture that spirit in the quilting.

The quilting follows the zig zag of the pieced prints, then echoes or responds to the previous quilting line with each new run. To keep the lines straight I marked a 3" reference grid and diagonals with my hera marker, then improvised as I quilted.

The fabrics are Thomas Knauer Pear Tree, AMH Loulouthi, Ty Pennington Impressions, and Kona white, copen, and bone.