Wednesday, March 16, 2016

#pcswapas

A few weeks ago I signed up for a swap (yay!) for the first time in ages.  I LOVE participating in swaps, but over the past couple years I have had a difficult time finding the time to fit one in.  This swap seemed great, and the wonderful Alison was heading it up, so I hopped on the bandwagon.
#pcswapas pillow
Unfortunately I have been a terrible swap member.  I have neglected to comment on photos and when I have tried to comment a few times recently, I have been put into "Instagram jail" for making too many comments in too short a time.  Thanks a lot Instagram.
#pcswapas pillow
But I did make a pillow for my partner so I wasn't a complete failure.  I had a little bit of a difficult time deciding what to make because my partner didn't give me a lot to go on . . . plus she said she doesn't like one of my favorite colors and that made me want to only use that one color.  So sorry partner, I did end up using it, but I used all of the other colors too.

This block is based on a Tennessee Waltz block; it is the same basic idea except I used some smaller squares so that I could include more color.  I ended up mostly using solids with a couple squares of Lizzy House's Natural History in the center.  It is hard to tell from the photos, but I used 7 or 8 shades of gray for the background.
#pcswapas pillow
The back of the pillow is this Flea Market Fancy print.  I love how bright and happy it is, hopefully my partner likes it.  I used Crazy Mom Quilt's envelope closure tutorial for the first time.  I like that it uses a double layer of fabric so that the back of the pillow feels more substantial, but I think I still prefer using a zipper.

This will be off in the mail in a few days to a mystery location.  If you would like to see more photos made for the swap, check out the #pcswapas on Instagram.

16 comments :

  1. Oh I love this it is so happy. And all the different greys give so much depth to it. Lucky partner

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  2. What a beautiful project. How could anyone NOT love it.

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  3. Gorgeous! Love it! I've been in Instagram jail too!😎

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  4. I've never heard of Instagram jail! How stupid is that concept (the jail, I mean)? Lovely pillow!

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  5. Beautiful! I would love to know how you made this block. Never heard of IG jail.

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  6. Is there a pattern for this? It is lovely and would be good in so many colorways! Love it!

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  7. Is there a pattern for this? It is lovely and would be good in so many colorways! Love it!

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  8. You partner is one lucky duck Erica! That is a gorgeous pillow! What is going on with Instagram that they put you in comment jail? They need to fix that problem pronto.

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  9. I just wanted to let you know that I love what you've done with this pattern. The fabric seems almost velveteen from some angles. It really creates depth to your pillow. I love it! And your partner will love it too, I am sure!

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  10. Beautiful! If your partner doesn't like it, I'd be happy to take it off her hands. :D

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  11. Your color choices really make this pop. I don't always love the Tennessee Waltz pattern, but yours is making me rethink that opinion! I love this pillow and I've pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

    And I saw Ellie G asking above for a pattern. Not sure this is the one you used at all, but here is one take on the Tennessee Waltz pattern for those looking for it: http://bumblebeebags.blogspot.com/2009/03/tennessee-waltz-quilt-how-to.html

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  12. I love the colors and oh my those little pieces! It came out great.

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  13. As others have already said, if your partner doesn't want it, I'll take it! It's gorgeous. I love all the colours and the different greys add a lot of interest to the background.

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  14. Lucky, lucky partner, this is so nice! Love your use of color with the gray shades. Amazing finish!

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  15. Agreed! The project is pretty and very happy. Who wouldn't love it on the sofa? Well, I'd have to put it where the grandkids couldn't reach: they are a mess and it's too pretty for Coke and chocolate milk and potato chips! I especially love your colors. The grays make that flower pop!

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