So I am SUPER SUPER excited about my new project! Usually I do clothing, with a smattering of other things that don't take a super long amount of time...until this beast. For a little back story (for those of you who care--those that just want to get to the goodies are welcome to scroll down! ;P ) my husband is in Switzerland for the semester and I've been keeping myself very busy since he has left. I think unconsciously (well, consciously now haha) I am just trying to make everything around me happy and joyful to make me feel happy and joyful.
So this project started with me wanting to make a log cabin pillowcase for my pillow, cause it was sad and pillowcase-less. I love the log cabin quilting design (I believe that is what it is called) and despite never having made a quilt before decided that if I could sew knits, I could sew cotton by golly! So I started with my pillowcase...and my lines were predictably rather crooked given my lack of patience. So I put cute lace and ribbon between the patches of different fabric to lessen the appearance of crookedness, and then I decided that each little square was going to be its own little picture. I love doing little felt appliques, although I rarely do since most of my time is usually focused to clothing, so that's what I did! I filled the boxes with things that make me happy.
Lets see, left to right and top to bottom...three balloons, one of which has popped (I thought it was funny), an owl and her nest, a sour apple (i borrowed the design from a toy i saw on etsy but i don't remember which one, sorry!), an angel with flowers (anyone read the little princess? and heaven was people in fields and fields of lilies where the scent wafted? yup), a happy raincloud (i'm from seattle, i like the rain!), three fatty birds (one is going to an opera, one is a cutie pie girl, and one is a wanna-be gangsta), a flying heart, a happy sun looking over rolling fields with a little house, and a squid (also borrowed from something i saw here on craftster, who had borrowed it from something that she saw on etsy!), behind whose tentacles there are two fishies in love! *whew*
All told, this took me about a month of working on an off. I would usually work on one patch at a time, which would take me a few hours. Everything (beside that which I've mentioned) is from my own designs--I love how my angel turned out and I want to make more!
So I finished this at 1.30 this morning...and then decided that my tan, plain down comforter, while very comfy, was not very attractive, and such a handsome pillow deserved an equally amazing duvet cover! So I whipped it up in...about two hours. It's three simple patchwork hearts with different color schemes for each one (red, blue, green). The materials I used for the hearts are the same as the ones in the pillow, so it matched while not being matchy-matchy. I straight stitched then zig-zag stitched around the outsides to secure and prevent thread slippage.
All in all, I am SUPER pleased with how it all turned out, especially with my amount of patience given that usually I love starting and finishing a project in one go (I love short quick projects!). I think it was all the small stepping stones that each individual scene gave me.
I put this in quilts because I figured...that's the closest to what it all is!
Comments, suggestions, all are welcome!