Sunday, January 8, 2012

Pillow #1

My personal Pillow A Month Challenge

for January

My inspiration for my first pillow came from Marci Girl Designs and her Snowflakes.  I thought these snowflakes were so cute and I wanted to give them a try.  So I drew up a paper piecing pattern and began sewing.

I wanted the snowflakes to be white on blue backgrounds.

I pull the papers off while watching TV. 

I have a wonderfully fun shiny yellow metal trash can for my sewing and the shiny reflected onto the paper from the camera flash.  Makes the photo look I had chocolate all over my fingers!  Well I probably was eating chocolate, but I would never waste any like that!

Then I stitched them all together with a tiny flake and a cardinal.  I think maybe I would like this pillow better if I had made the background all the same color so that the flakes would look more like they are floating.  But, I got to spend a little time playing with the snowflakes, which is the purpose of this challenge, so I'll keep it around a while then probably give it away.

The back has a single snowflake and a zipper closure.

It's been so long since I've made a pillow that I'd forgotten I don't need a zipper the same size as the pillow.  Since that zipper pull wants to flop around at the edge there, I think I need to find a snowflake charm to attach to it.

If you already made a pillow too, I'd love to see it.  Please include your web address for your photo so that I can have a peek and I'll also include it in this post so others can enjoy it as well.

One down, eleven to go.  On to the next pillow...


  1. This turned out so cute! Love the cardinal :)

  2. No wonder you want to make pillows. This one is gorgeous!!! Now I'm really anxious to see the next 11!

  3. Oh my goodness...your pillow is gorgeous. I love the variety of the blues, and the special snowflake and that stunning cardinal make your pillow into a work of art. Even the pillow back is so creative...amazing!

  4. Bring on the snow....flakes...well my dear what a high note you have started on..this one is most certainly frozen in time..

  5. Your pillows are just wonderful!

  6. I loved this design. Since I convert designs such as this to machine embroidery (in my mind), I see a new pillow in my future for my yr round sunroom!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  7. Very cute pattern. What a fun goal to pursue.

  8. great looking pillow! I love the little cardinal just makes the whole pillow pop

  9. I also think this pillow is fabulous! Looking forward to the next eleven!!

  10. I love the odd blocks. Your pillow is fantastic.

  11. Love, love, love! Hope you can find a snowflake charm. If not, you could make one from shrinky dinks. That would be fun. :)

  12. Annie this is such a sweet pillow...I'll be standing in line when you decide to give it away! :D

  13. You started your challenge off with a stunner! I love your pieced snowflakes and the addition of the cardinal in the corner is just perfect. You have me looking forward to next month's pillow creation.

    Happy sewing!

  14. (Jumping up and down, waving) Oh, Oh, I will give it a happy home! LOL That is one gorgeous pillow, girl! I wouldn't change a beautiful in blue and white, and the cardinal is just perfect!


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