I chose to make the Holiday Surprise Reverse Applique Pillow by Angela Mitchell who is a star in her own right. She's got such a great sense of style that I was sold at once.
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Only one problem--it's not even pretending to be time for Christmas decorations. I mean, it's 91 degrees here in Florida this afternoon. And I wanted something I could enjoy now!
So, I took Angela's pillow and modified it. I changed the Christmas tree template to a leaf and I changed the green patchwork to more fall colors.
I love it!
I'd done reverse applique before and it really is quite a simple concept, but the results are stunning! If you've never done reverse applique, you layer your base fabric over your design (in this case the patchwork) and then after sewing your desired shape, you cut away the base fabric to reveal your design.
I keep a scrap bag with just 2.5" squares and strips in it, so I dug through it to find scraps that screamed fall to me. Originally, I added a few more colors in but my helpful husband guided me toward more yellows and oranges. He wasn't a fan of the turquoise at all, but I think it makes the other colors pop so well and being perfectly honest--it's my favorite color so I try to add it in any place I can. ;)
I mean, it's going on my couch, right?? Why not add in something special?
I only have one problem with this pillow...now I want more! I want to line my couch with fall-inspired pillows!! This little beauty needs some friends. He's so lonely down there on the end of the couch by himself.
So I'm off to dig through the scrap bag again to make him some friends. But rest assured, come winter, I'll be making this pillow again only using Angela's Christmas tree design...finally!
The girls over at Craft Buds are spreading the Craft Book love this month featuring different bloggers each day and offering prizes for anyone who links up a project made from a craft book this year!
Blog HopWeek One
Monday 9/2: Fabric Mutt / LRstitched
Tuesday 9/3: Stitch This! The Martingale Blog / Stitched in Color
Wednesday 9/4: Fabric Seeds / Pile O Fabric
Thursday 9/5: The Feisty Redhead / Rae Gun Ramblings
Friday 9/6: Sew-Fantastic / Clover + Violet
Saturday 9/7: A Prairie Sunrise / Small Town Stitcher
Monday 9/9: Hopeful Threads / Go To Sew
Tuesday 9/10: The Sewing Rabbit / Sewing Mama RaeAnna
Wednesday 9/11: Marci Girl Designs / imagine gnats
Thursday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / amylouwhosews
Friday 9/13: Lindsay Sews / 13 Spools
Saturday 9/14: Inspire Me Grey / Angela Yosten
Monday 9/16: Sew Very / Craftside
Tuesday 9/17: The Littlest Thistle / CraftFoxes
9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October, 1!
To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You'll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc.
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2013.
3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2013 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.
4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!
PrizesVisit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you'll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!
No time to make a project? You can also follow Craft Buds all month long for your chance to comment and win some new sewing and quilting books for your library.