A Friday Finish………

I sure love the sound of those words!!! At the end of my previous post, I made mention of my next little project and that went so quickly that it’s the subject of today’s post! This pillow top was a gift from my mom decades ago and has been one of the decorator pillows on our bed for years. I was so weary of looking at it in its ‘so plain’ state (since embarking on my vintage “quilting it to death” phase!) so, well, I just had to disassemble it and take care of the situation……………………………………… IMG_1449   I did not remove the ruffle but, carefully, pressed the seam allowance flat and pinned it well to the double layer of Hobb’s 80/20 batting. This layering of batting will give the finished pillow a nice smooth surface. Next, I outline stitched each of the embroidered design elements. Using the Handi Quilter ‘Glide’ foot made this quite easy…………….IMG_1450IMG_1456

Next, came the background fill fun. Echoing the appliques provided much of the fill but there was adequate room for a little “McTavishing”!



IMG_1457IMG_1458IMG_1463               The ‘clamshell’ edging was done with this HQ ruler and “Sure Foot” (ruler foot) IMG_1464. IMG_1462        I completed this in a very short afternoon….surprised even me! Stitched the back on and reinserted the pillow form………………………IMG_1466IMG_1468 Now this is who I am today! Vintage stitching everything I see!!

Massive heat today……95F-100F with substantial humidity=great stitching weather! The storm (that just finished an hour ago) gave us only 2” but our area has many roads under water/blocked by mudslides (5.5” of rain in some areas). What’s under your needle these days???

Note: click on any photo to enlarge.

Thread: (top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 (2 layers w/ no backing needed)

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About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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11 Responses to A Friday Finish………

  1. francesquilts says:

    Wow…that made such a difference!! Congratulations!!

  2. Beth Ann says:

    That turned out really beautifully! And now it probably seems like you have a new pillow on your bed, right? Love it.

  3. kathyreeves says:

    It’s beautiful Doreen! The break I. The weather is hopefully coming your way. We have had deluges several days, the last one on Sunday with 1.5 inches in 45 minutes. Rapid Creek is still raging and out of its banks all over the golf course, BUT today we have a lovely breeze drying up the humidity (75% yesterday which is crazy for here), and best of all, the AC is off! Lows in the 50’s tonight and for several days. Hope you get some of this coolers, dryer weather too! As for what’s under my needle? I am going to assemble a quilt top today and finish another block for the quilt along I’m doing, maybe even a second block, or finally stitch a binding down so I have an actual finish to celebrate.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Wow! Definitely sounds like you’re on a roll!!!! Humidity through the roof at the moment with severe weather knocking on our door. I’m afraid we’ll have to drive through it in a few moments on our way to Rochester for the great grands’ b’day gathering….we’ll see how it goes…….

  4. Janice says:

    Gorgeous! Keep quilting things to death. It’s fun to watch! (does that sound morbid?)

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