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arizabif
« on: May 31, 2004 09:03:02 PM »

I made these a couple years ago, but thought I'd share anyway.

They were made from a few books of fabric samples that a neighbor was throwing away.  They were small samples -twice the length of one of the squares you see.  I cut them in half, sewed them in a more-or-less random manner, and used black cotton duck for the backing.  I bought pillow forms to go in the middle, and there you go.  I didn't use a zipper, because I couldn't find one large enough at the time.  These pillows are pretty big -about 2.5 x 2.5 feet.  We use them as floor pillows, and the cats really like them.

I had enough fabric samples left over to make some smaller pillows, but those are all in shades of beige, and not nearly as cool looking. 

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2004 12:37:39 AM »

patch work is so great to use up all those little scrap pieces.
Very nice job! Your kitties have the life  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2004 06:34:11 AM »

Those look really cool.  I just love them!
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2004 01:16:24 PM »

Cool pillows!
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2004 03:45:12 PM »

Those are so cool!!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2004 04:08:19 PM »

Very nice! I love big comfy floor pillows!  & It's very awseome that the fabric was free & recycled too! 
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2004 04:32:48 PM »

Very nice.  Thanks for posting those.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2004 06:24:20 PM »

i think that is a terrific idea. do you know where your neighbour got them? i didn't think you could get that many from a fabric store.
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2004 07:26:56 PM »

I think my neighbor was an interior decorator, because she always seemed to be throwing away really nice fabric.  She would throw away half-bolts of $25.00+ per yard fabric, because it had tiny little imperfections, (that could easily be cut around).  I miss living near her!  Now I have to pay for all my fabric.  Grin 
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2004 07:47:32 PM »

too cute! Grin
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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2004 01:36:55 AM »

ooooooooooh pretty! Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2004 02:02:22 AM »

Nice work!  Smiley

Funny that neighbour thing... My upstairs neighbour worked for this interior design shop up until a few weeks ago when the owner retired and decided to close shop and she told me to come in and choose the upholstery fabric samples I wanted!! I didn't quite realize the extent of what she said until I got there... Big 'books' of the most beautiful, expensive fabrics you can imagine!! Some of them had feathers and things woven into them!! I loaded up my poor man and we left with greedy amounts of fabrics... aahh, a very good day indeed!  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2004 05:42:03 AM »

Those are really neat.

BTW I totally recognize your icon!

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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2004 01:34:07 PM »

you did an awesome job lining up the squares. tell us how you got them to come out so well...

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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2004 09:45:59 PM »

Wicked cute!! Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2004 12:37:33 AM »

you did an awesome job lining up the squares. tell us how you got them to come out so well...

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Thanks.  It was mostly a lot of measuring, pinning, and triple checking to make sure they are straight.  And I have to be honest; I hid the ones squares that are a little crooked.  There's a reason why one pillow is resting on the corner of the other.  Grin

Rather than sew the squares together as long strips and sew the strips together, I sewed them together in blocks of 4.  Sew 4 squares together to make a 2x2 square, and make sure the seams are straight and even.  You use the seams of this 2x2 square to compare against all other 2x2 squares you make.  When you get 4 sets of 2x2 squares complete, you sew them together to form a 4x4 square.  When you get 4 sets of 4x4 squares complete, you sew them together, and so on and so on, until it's the size you want.  Basically, you just start small, and build upon one small, correctly sewn square, until you have a larger, correctly sew square.   

That is probably as clear as mud.  Let me know if you need it explained better.     
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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2004 04:56:04 PM »

So glad to see I'm not the only one neurotic enough to do that kind of patchwork. I recently made a small patchwork pillow from corduroy scraps and used the method you described (making small blocks of patches, rather than long strips). It turned out nice, but I didn't have the pressure of making super-straight lines, since the patches were of various sizes.

Great work!
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