I showed the pillow covers in the previous post but thought
I would talk a little about them and show some close up photos too.
I was struggling with what exactly to make.
I happened to find some amazing trim that was in the clearance section of JAF and thought it would be fun to use that on a gray background.
I happened to have some sparkly linen that was the perfect background for this!
I did stitching in-between each row of trim and just stitched the trim down.
The next one I found this amazing sheer, rosette fabric.
I knew as soon as I saw it that it would make a great pillow cover, again without a lot of work.
I did put it on a lining of plain gray fabric prior to making the pillow cover.
I used fabric for the back that said "Made with love".
I really like how it turned out.
I bought half a yard of the rosette fabric and it was actually enough to get 2 pillow covers out of.
I have not made the second one yet, but plan to do that and keep it for myself!
This gives you an idea of the size. If I remember this one was 20".
The other one (that she is holding upside down) is 24"
Then I new that I had to make some that were a little more complex.
I was thinking that they wanted me to stick with their gray and white theme but she kept showing me pillow covers with lots of teal so I determined that I would add some teal to the next one.
I love the circle of geese pattern and since I have been honing my FPP skills,
this pattern now goes MUCH more quickly.
I didn't think to take process photos so this is the closest I come to those.
I wanted the geese to be in a gradient and I think it is pretty well a gradient look.
It needed something additional to make it over the top.
I decided to get some pearl cotton and hand quilt around the geese and then around the whole thing.
I am not a fast hand quilter.
This little pillow took me over 3 hours!
That was using these chunky stitches too.
I have to say that I love the look of it though.
This is the sandwiched top when I was finished quilting it, before I pressed it.
Here is the whole pillow cover all finished and ready to be stuffed. This finished at 18".
I had been working on an embroidery for some time off and on.
I was not sure what I would actually do with it once done except knew it would go to my daughter, the fisheries biologist.
I scrambled to get it finished and make it into a pillow cover.
This is the finished embroidery prior to doing anything else with it.
I LOVE this so much!!
Next up was to find some fabric to border the embroidery with.
I had this cool raindrop fabric in my stash and it was perfect.
This is actually the back of the cover too (in this photo)
I struggled to decide how to quilt the top but settled on circles.
It's like when a drop falls into water it makes rings.
I decided I would use that theme for the pillow cover too.
I then added some hand quilting around the embroidery to help it stand out.
I used a variegated floss for this.
This is a photo of the finished pillow cover front.
It was my favorite of all 4 of the pillows. This also finished at 18".
Side by side finished covers.
I think she loved this. Look at her friend, Amy's face in this photo. I love that girl too.
They seemed pretty pleased with these.
Now I flew down to NC so how to get the pillow forms there?
I was not certain I could buy the sizes I wanted while there so I went on the JAF website and ordered the sizes I needed and had them sent to her house with my name on the box.
I told her not to open the box.
When I arrived I put the covers on the pillows.
I had bought some blue fish fabric and wanted to make one more cover, but feared I was out of time. As it turned out, I packed more quickly than I thought I would and had a bit of time.
I decided to whip up the last cover (the night before I was flying out),
sadly it would not have a pillow form.
I used a light gray stripe for front and back then the fish fabric for the bow.
I have to send a form there this week so they can fill the cover with a pillow.
All and all I am super happy with how all of these came out.
I might do a few things differently in the future of pillow cover making but I really like all of these.