Friday, March 2, 2012

Octagonol Orb Pillow finished!

 Ever had one of those weeks where you have so much to do but all you really want to do is sew?  That was my week.  I did manage a bit of housework but nap time and post-bedtime were pretty much devoted to working on this pretty little thing.

As I mentioned before, the block pattern is from the Modern Quilt Guild blog.  I'm not one who follows patterns often (although I might be now!) but this was EASY to follow, although labor intensive.  84 pieces in this one block... whew!  But so worth it!  

 I'm in LOVE with the backside, which is also quilted - for sturdiness sake.   Those colors wrap up the whole project well, and the dots... well who doesn't love a good dot?
Its called "So Sophie" by My Minds Eye for Riley Blake.

 Really, I made this pillow cover just like a quilt, except for the back side which creates the envelope enclosure.  The binding is no exception.  Mitered corners just like a quilt!  And I love the Mendocino fabric with seahorses, its the perfect binding!

 Here's a better shot of the quilting... I decided to do the opposite of my original plan.  Chevron straight-line quilting in each of the 8 sections thanks to my walking foot. 
You guessed it, I'm in love with that too!
My husband was impressed, if that means anything!  Engineers are hard to impress, mind you.

{As an aside - I'm interested to see how Elizabeth (the author of this block pattern) quilts her quilt made from 9 of these blocks!  It will be fabulous, I'm sure!} 

The Orb pillow sitting in its official home, on our couch!  Its my first handmade pillow for our living room - with more to come!  I've only just begun to make a dent in that pile of mustard & aqua fabric... stay tuned.

I hope your weekend is filled with much sewing, relaxing, and coffee-sipping!


beth lehman said...

GOLLY!! It's so great!! I love the color combination!

Stephanie said...

Love it! I wondered how you did the piping around the edges, but doing it just like binding is such a great idea, now I have no excuses to start making some pillows! Did you use batting when quilting it?

thatmoxiegirl said...

It looks awesome!

O'Quilts said...

Great job on the colors...

Heather said...

What a great pillow! The colors are fantastic :)

Theresa said...

Cristin, this pillow is so grown-up....seriously beautiful. Gorgeous colours and the quilting is stunning! I just love it. Well done.

LuLu said...

Oh my goodness, that is soooo gorgeous! Even the back is so cool! Love the stitching :-)