Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Argyle Pillow

I finished this great pillow during nap time. This is why I love diamonds.  It turned out so fun, but I also hate them because it is so dang hard to get all the points to meet.  Does anyone have any great tips for lining everything up?  I definitely did better with practice toward the end of my piecing, but it was driving me crazy.  There are many imperfect points on this pillow. 

We have my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas this year.  They are fully aware that they are getting a quilt for Christmas so this isn't spoiling anything.  I even asked for some input from my sister-in-law on what she would like.  Her favorite color is green and their front room is decorated with some green so I am definitely using that.  The other day I bought a sweater with an argyle design on the front and thought argyle would make a fabulous quilt for them.  My SIL loves argyle.  Although, this pillow reminded me that I don't like piecing diamonds and would probably have a nervous breakdown making a quilt full of them.  So sorry Sabrina, no argyle quilt for Christmas, but it would have been wonderful.



I struggled over how to give this the argyle look.  I seriously considered using this technique from Moda Bake Shop.  After testing it out, I knew it wouldn't work.  I racked my brain for ideas and finally asked my husband what he could come up with.  He immediately said, "Why don't you just quilt the lines with a zig-zag or something?"  It really was brilliant and much more true to the real argyle look.  I tried about 10 different decorative stitches and opted for this one.  I have never used decorative stitches and had a bit of a learning curve.  I pushed my fabric too much sometimes and messed up the design.  I learned I just had to guide it and let my machine do the work. 

I opted for a simple back with just one pieced strip.  My fabric is some flavor of brown I had in my stash, Kona Ivory and Kona Green Grass.  By the way, green grass just might be my new favorite color.  I love it!  I love it even more because Joann's carries it, and that means I can use my 50% off coupons.  I cleaned my local store out last week. 


The final pillow size is about 20".  The diamonds were cut from 3" tall strips making them 2.5" pieced.  Now I think I need to come up with a couple more pillows to go with it to change out my summery pillow covers for fall ones. 

14 comments:

  1. Wow -- you did an awesome job on this pillow. I love the stitch you used!

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  2. LOVE your argyle! Then again, I have a "thing" for argyle. I have no idea how you were so patient to get the points to match up. And great suggestion from the hubby for the decorative stitch

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  3. I love it! I love the back piecing and the decorative stitch on the front looks very similar to a knit stitch. Nice job.

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  4. I think you should do a demo on pillows at one of our upcoming guild meetings, especially attaching the bindings to the pillow covers. I'm not sure how to word this right, but do you attach the binding the same as you would on a quilt (ignoring the envelope back and pretending it's just a square mini quilt)? Will you bring one of your pillow covers to the meeting tomorrow so I can look at it?

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  5. Fabulous! Sabrina will love it!

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  6. Oh. My. Gosh! It is perfect. I don't blame you for not wanting to do that in a whole quilt, but I am inspired to try it, if I ever dig myself out of my current project list (so, it will probably never happen). Not surprising, it is my favorite thing you've made yet, and that's saying something, because you make all sorts of beautiful things. Also, congrats on getting some recognition from a quilter you admire.

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  7. your husband is brilliant and you pillow is wonderful!

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  8. I love the pillow. Your decorative stitching definitely gives the argyle touch. Green is my favorite color all of the time!

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  9. I remember in the "old" days when we still had the Homemaking Conference in Rexburg, that a sewing class I took had a technique about making perfect tips. I'll try to find it.

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  10. Just in time! I want to make an argyle stocking for my son, and now I know how! Thanks

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  11. I love how it looks, what a brilliant idea.

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  12. This is brilliant! When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was knitted...you have done an amazing job emulating argyle with fabric and thread :)

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