Pillow Time

by Nicole

The children in this quilt are patient while I figure out how to do the quilting. I used the sample block that I made earlier to try out a design. I first outlined the inside and outside of the star and then added some stippling to the fussy cut square.


I stippled around the image of the girls. I love how the stippling flattens the quilt so that the images of the girls puff up a bit.


I also stippled around the star. The texture of the stippling is wonderful and comes together quickly, but I miss my straight lines! The challenge is figuring out how to add straight lines to the background without adding a million stops and starts, which would mean a million threads to bury! If you have any ideas, please share.

After finishing the quilting, I added an envelope backing to the block, stuffed in a pillow form and viola! I made a pillow!

Now, as soon as I figure out the straight lines dilemma, I can get stitching!
If you are in the U.S. celebrating Independence Day, I hope you are having a wonderful 4th!

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Debbie July 4, 2012 - 7:09 pm

This turned out really nice – awesome stippling, Nicole! I'm not sure totally what you are asking about the straight-line, but can you 'travel' IN the seam – would that help?

Heather July 4, 2012 - 7:23 pm

Could you maybe do echo quilting around the star shape? Not sure what that would look like where the blocks meet. I have to say, I do like the stippling!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog July 4, 2012 - 7:30 pm

-absolutely adorable!

Jeanette July 4, 2012 - 7:30 pm

The stippling looks awesome. What about hand quilting around the star??

MB in MI July 4, 2012 - 8:29 pm

Nice stippling–I think Jeanette may have something with hand quilting the star–! πŸ™‚

Cherie July 4, 2012 - 8:40 pm

That is gorgeous!! The stippling really brings out the block =D

Gertie Pye July 4, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Nicole is there no end to your talents? Your FMQ is exquisite! Beautiful x

Paige July 4, 2012 - 10:40 pm

Great job on the FMQ. Your pillow is darling!

Heidi Staples July 5, 2012 - 1:57 am

Incredible, Nicole! You amaze me as always!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade July 5, 2012 - 2:11 am

This is SO sweet!

creativedawn July 5, 2012 - 3:14 pm

The stippling is so AWESOME! I really love the pillow. Straight lines, eh? How about a continuous straight lines echoing the star.

I've an idea, but need to draw it and send it to you….

Katy Cameron July 5, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Love the stippling and how it makes the girls stand out. Where do you want the straight lines? I'm a tad confused (so easily done ;o) )

Kathy July 5, 2012 - 9:52 pm

You can just mail me that pillow!! I love it so much but I love the title of your blog about as much:) You do pretty work and I love the colors.

Cynthia@aquilterbynight July 6, 2012 - 10:22 am

For the straight lines…. I don't bury my ends… I just start and stop each straight line with about 1/4 inch teeny tiny stitches and that locks the thread in place. I usually use nylon monofilament thread in the needle which is "invisible" though (and cotton in the bobbin). Good luck with what you decide – your quilts are all beautiful!

thisyearsdozen July 6, 2012 - 1:31 pm

That came out so pretty. I love how you quilted it. I agree. The stippling in the block with the girls super highlights them.

What is the measurement of your pillow? Love it!!


Denise Russell July 12, 2012 - 1:09 am

Beautiful! I use stippling all the time: I love its look and texture. OK, this pillow would look great on my bed. Just saying… πŸ™‚

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