Saturday, December 28, 2013

Decorative Pillows for my Living Room

Christmas Eve I had all my cooking done, bags were packed, house was cleaned. After all the cleaning I decided I wanted to make some pillows for the living room. The flowers and fruit are fussy cut from the same fabric used in my window treatments. They are fused, raw edges with decorative stitching around.

I had purchased a ruffler about a year ago to make Christmas trees that never did get made. So I broke it out of the package, found a YouTube to figure out how to use it since it didn't come with instructions. That is the coolest foot! It takes no time to make ruffles with it.

Another first making these pillows was using basting spray. I spray basted quilt batting to the background before stitching. Wow! the smell is strong. I had read many take it outside to use. I did and glad that I did! As I was stitching I had to clean my needle as it would collect the sticky from the spray. If I didn't it would snap the thread.  


The flower and plum branch were fussy cut several years ago with the intention of making a quilt jacket that never happened. Feels good to have finally done something with them! Now to do something with the pieced jacket backing - maybe another pillow? Anyways I used Heat n Bond from Therm O Web Products to fuse the applique to the background.

(1) Anyone every used a ruffler before, if so what did you make with it?



(2) Anyone use basting spray before, if so was it a good experience?

(3) Has anyone made any pillows before? I had gone shopping and couldn't believe the price of decorative pillows and decided I could make nicer ones for a whole lot less.

  

The new home for the pillows is on an antique love seat that was my paternal grandmother's. For many years it didn't have upholstery so when I moved to Charlotte I finally invested in getting it reupholstered.



The other two pillows are ones that I made a while back.

Don't my new pillows look lovely? I just love them and I am quite pleased how they turned out.

So glad you stopped by.










Linking up with:

sew many ways Sew Fresh Quilts My Quilt Infatuation









Follow on Bloglovin

18 comments:

  1. Oh, those are beautiful pillows! I like the ones you did previously too. They look very intricate with that many-layered bow! Well done!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful pillows! I do not have a ruffler, but it on my one-day list. I do use spray basting on most of my quilts (505 spray) and love it. After pinning a twin sized quilt for over 2 and a half hours, I tried spraying and the same size took my less than 40 minutes and I was a convert. Happy new year!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Joanie your pillows are delightful! I have never used a ruffler but looks like I should give it a go. I've made a few pillows in my day... They are such fun and very rewarding aren't they? I try to stay away from any glue based products if I can. I spray basted once and I won't again. Many people swear by the process but I rely on good old fashioned pinning to baste. Thanks for sharing your lovely work - you should be so proud...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your pillows are beautiful Joanie! They look very comfortable in their new home :)
    I've never used basting spray and considering your experience with a sticky needle, I probably won't.
    I have made pillows before; in fact I made a neck pillow and a bolster pillow as Christmas gifts this year for my daughter. And I made a two-sided paper pieced pillow for my mom, one side a Christmas wreath and the other a daffodil, so she can flip it over after Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am going to try using it again but spray less. I am wondering if I overdid it. I will let you know.

      Delete
  5. I have a very large can of the spray baste, used, maybe, once. Sticky needle and a smell (to say nothing of the sticky stuff that I was inhaling and is probably still coating my lungs!!!....Definitely a mask is needed!) that can't be avoided even outdoors. I pin-baste using Sharon Schamber's method (here:https://www.google.com/search?q=Sharon+Schamber%2Cyoutube%2Chand+basting&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a parts 1 & 2). I have made pillows (store-bought are outrageously priced) and the hint I learned is: instead of cutting the shape with straight sides (and 4-90 degree corners), bow the cutting lines out a bit to allow for the "poofy" thickness of the pillow once stuffed. The finish will have sides that are a bit straighter rather than slightly concave. Just a thought. Yours are so gorgeous! Hugs.........

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. treadlemusic thanks so much for the tips, especially bow the cutting lines. I have made many pillows and haven't tried doing that. Can't wait to give it a try. I have used Sharon Schamber's method for pin basting for larger quilts several times with great results. Lately because I now can - I have been taping the backing to my wood flooring. I love the results but I don't care much for crawling on my knees. LOL. I just learned too that I may have used too much spray from someone who only uses spray basting and it happens to be the brand I used.

      Delete
  6. Very pretty pillow Joanie! I love the sofa they are sitting on! I have a ruffler foot and hope to use it one of these days. I just have too many projects on the the to-do list!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Beautiful pillows Joanie and yes I have used a ruffler before. I have used it for pillows in the past. I actually used a old one that fit my vintage machine! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your pillows are perfect and look so nice on your sweet love seat. Well done! Yes, I've used all of the above products. I grew up using a ruffler (my Mom made square dance skirts, I made curtains, dresses, tons of stuff, really!), Heat and Bond is my 'go to' for quick applique, easy to find and more affordable than others, and lastly, I have had good and bad luck with spray basting, but the last project finished was a circle quilted tablecloth/quilt, and it was perfect for the job! I may have to give it another chance ~
    Happy New Year! :-}pokey

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Heat and Bond has been my 'go to' for applique for many years. Just recently I affiliated with them and now I can be a 'go to' to purchase the Therm O Web's product for anyone's convenience. Yesterday, I spray basted a section of a baseball t-shirt quilt. I am having better results having lightly sprayed. No sticky and gunk on my needle while stitching in the ditch or free motion quilting. My time pin basting was shortened but I admit I am still on a learning curve using the spray basting. The next time I use it on another section I will spray both sides of the batting outside and let it set. When I go to sandwich another section I will tape the backing to the floor and lay the batting and then the top.

      Delete
  9. Your pillows are gorgeous, Joanie! What a perfect compliment to your treasured love seat! I have never used a ruffler or basting spray before. I pin baste using a quilting frame and have never had an issue with that method. So I stick to it! Wishing you a very Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing what inspiring creations you share with us in 2014!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would to learn more about pin basting on a quilting frame Lorna! I may not have the room for one at the moment. I would have to switch out my office and quilting studio from my small bedroom to the bonus room. That has been a discussion and a future plan hubby and I have had.

      Delete
  10. I am buzzing by from Let's Bee Social
    I love your pillows. I am always so surprised too how accents like this cost so much money and they are also from China most of the time too-I have used a basting spray that comes in a pink can-sorry can't remember the name-but it is a really good one. I also love using misty fuse the best for bonding things together like fabrics-even paper-it has no weight or thickness to it once pressed down to bond.
    Kathy

    ReplyDelete
  11. really pretty pillows, Joanie! I have used basting spray and it was a messy, disastrous experience and I had a pucker in my backing (which I HATE). I am strictly a pin baster. The ONLY thing I use basting spray for is to hold my quilt labels in place while I applique them to the backing of my quilts. I've never used a ruffler before.

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

    ReplyDelete
  12. I haven't used ruffle or spray and you are right about the prizes. Your pillows turned out lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Just became a member of your blog! Please come follow us back. Thanks.

    quackadoodlequilt.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. I Love all of your pillows! so preeettty!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for visiting! I love reading your comments and I usually respond by email and visit your blog unless you are a noreply blogger :)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...