I really liked the wedges centrepiece, 'Spring in the Woods' I made for Island Batik in March, and thought I could adapt that pattern to a fan shape pretty easily. This is out of Christina Cameli's latest book, Wedge Quilt Workshop. This is a worthwhile purchase, so many ideas are inside! No affiliation, and bought with my own money. Island Batik provided the gorgeous fabrics for the pillow, and Hobbs the batting I used to quilt the front of it. Aurifil thread they provided us was used in the bobbin with the Sulky rayons. It was a great combo.
So it wasn't long before I had a pillow top. The hardest part was figuring out what background fabric to set the fan on. The cappuccino was the first ooh! and even though I tried light tan, and a pale blue, because brown is not in my wheelhouse, I kept going back to the cappuccino and thinking yep!
|Cushion cover top done. Isn't that brown just so rich? I'd love to see a quilt with the lime/turquoise batik on the bottom wedge and the brown, think mint chocolate right?|
The cappuccino popped the colours the best. There's a bit of a green in that cappuccino batik; it's really beautiful fabric. I also do really like pink and brown together. Outside of two of the pinks, these are all stash builder rolls, rolls of four 5" by WOF strips rolled up and tied with IB 'ribbon'. The other two pinks are from the Galentine fabrics, and the fan base is 'Orchid' from random yardage IB provides. I feel so lucky each month I delve into my IB tickle trunk and contemplate what I could play with for that month's project! WAIT until you see what beauties I get to create with for June. Drool! Swoon! Anyhow, I put the lace on the edges because it hid the appliqué along the top edge, and just gave the fan holder section a little pop, as well as a little femininity, and as you see from the photo below, tied in with the original pillow.
Mum loved fans. Loved. Here is the original fan pillow, second quilted project I ever did, back in about 1990/91:
This will be written about in more detail in this month's Throwback Thursday (TBT) post, which is this coming Thursday. Like the original, I appliquéd the fan onto the brown batik. Unlike the original, I trimmed away the brown from behind the fan, layered it with Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 and then a piece of IKEA muslin, and machine-quilted it. Christina's designs on her quilt inspired some of mine. The fabric itself also gave me the idea for the woven design you see below.
|Finally bought a Bernina ruler foot and tried it out for the first time here, pretty slick. The first four large circles were drawn by tracing objects like spools, and then FMQ-ed; the last ones were just freehanded all the way.|
The stylized 'S' came to me while doodling, as did the stacked triangles. I echoed three times around the fan, and then took a break to ponder what to do in the remaining chocolate background. Mum loved chocolate, dark especially. 😋 Hmm, it didn't hit me the significance of choosing the brown after all until I typed that. And yes, I ate some chocolate while thinking! I do every day, with my afternoon tea.
I love stitching pebbles even though they're time and thread consuming; I love the texture, and the look of varying sizes of pebbles. So that is what I decided to do in the background. They are a good contrast to the lines in the fan, as well as the three echoed lines of quilting, and they also tie in the stacked circles in the chartreuse green sections.
There are the Sulky rayons I used, all 40 weight.
Here is the back:
I did an envelope back. I have not even a 4" strip by WOF left of the brown. I decided to bind it with the pink that has the angled lines on it, and used every last wee bit of it, to the point where I couldn't even mitre the final join of the binding, having to settle for a straight seam there. The pink gives the pillow its playfulness I think.
Here is the envelope back:
and the label, zoomed in:
I found I can't have a really poofy cushion insert inside the cover or it distorts the fan too much. Therefore, I'll make my own insert with leftover polyester batting pieces so it stays about the way you see it here.
Pattern: Original design based on one of Christina Cameli's
Size: 19.5 X 14.5" before quilting, 19 1/8 X 14 1/8" afterwards
Fabric: Island Batik various
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 cotton/polyester
Backing: Cappuccino batik by IB
Quilted: on my Bernina, free-motion and ruler work
Threads: pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Sulky rayon, Aurifil in the bobbin
In closing, I just have to say that I need to tell you all the second title I have had bestowed upon me, by Rose of Something Rose Made. Kathleen of Kathleen McMusing referred to me as 'such a Shadow Woman!" and now Rose has christened me 'MMM-nabler' because I am pretty good at enabling others when it comes to buying fabric, making patterns, and joining in with QALs, and in general, getting up to mischief. She liked my Plus Playtime quilt assembly so much that she says I should get a Nobel Piece Prize LOL! She's so witty.
So in honour of my new second title, I need to tell you that Craftsy (I know! I haven't talked about them in forever right?!) sent me an email today that says that they are running another free trial (not trail, as two of the three sentences said LOL) for their Netflix-style classes programming. You can follow the trail by clicking the affiliate link I've kindly provided for you below! AND all classes for the weekend of June 8-10 are under $20! That's like having your cake and eat it too right?👅
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