I was totally excited to make this pillow from Handstitched Class week 4 - applique week and got to work on it when the post was out!
This pillow is the perfect project with all the three methods used in applique. I've learnt three new methods of applique besides the needle turn method which I'm quite familiar with - used it for my previous Baltimore Album quilts. Rachel has taught us the sew & turn, fusible web and freezer paper applique method for the poppy flowers, tulip and leaves. I've used the needle turn instead of freezer paper ( don't have any freezer paper available at my LQS or supermarket! ) applique method for the leaves.
3 strands of embroidery floss in various colours were used for stitching the applique shapes. The poppies were stitched using (visible) blind and running stitches and I've opted to use blanket stitch for the tulip and added a sprinkle of french knots above the tulip. Rachel has also introduce a new embroidery stitch - stem stitch for the stems and I did mine using Pearl Cotton no. 5 thread to give the extra thickness and texture.
The pillow has a simple sewing envelope closure on the back and I've used this Zigzag binding tutorial to finish off the pillow.
|This is the best photo I have of the binding stitches|
Since it's my first machine binding, I chose a white thread to stitch it as I was not bold enough to show off my novice skills. Love this new found binding method that is not only fast, secure but beautiful when viewed from the front and back! Will definitely use it again for future projects - placemats, table runners, mini quilts, etc.
Because of its' unusual size - 13" x 26", Rachel has also included an easy pillow form tutorial for it. I've filled mine with lots of polyfil to achieve a plump looking pillow! This is my first pillow project and it was so much fun and easy to make! I see lots of pillows/cushions in the near future! =)
I'm linking up to Katie's Handmade Parade over at There & Back :
Wishing you a lovely weekend!