Monday 9 July 2012

From K - Finished: Star Crush Pillows

This past weekend we hosted a couple of great friends who came through town. Lucky for them the stars aligned and they had the pleasure of enjoying the last stay in our current guest room before 'Project Craft Room' (as i know lovingly call it) initiates tomorrow. In the meantime I'm pleased to say that the stars aligned for me this weekend too, that is, in the form of finding the time to complete both of my star pillows. Punny I know, but all joked aside I'm pretty pleased with how these pillows turned out.

I can't seem to get enough of Anna Marie Horner's Innocent Crush line, so I have incorporated a couple of my favorite prints from it in these pillows. My previous post provides a full listing of materials used in these pillow tops.

When I needed to decide on a binding I was torn but in the end I'm really glad I incorporated more of this red/pink print.

When hand binding I always like to use office binder clips to hold binding about a foot down from where I'm working (in this photo I am working left to right). These clips were bought at a local dollar store and they have revolutionized hand binding for me.

For the pillow backings, I used a traditional linen and I love the contrast in materials. The tops give these pillows a polished appearance while the backings ensure they still maintain a relaxed style.

I quilted within the star profiles of each pillow to emphasize their shape using straight line quilting. On the border I added extra texture by using a dense stipple meander. Unfortunately the cream thread I used doesn't show up prominantly against the Michael Miller Antiquity Old Script print but trust me, it's lovely.

I just got home from picking up paint for my new craft room and I can't wait to start painting it later this week. I have no doubt these pillows are going to look great in there once it's complete.

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