Friday, August 29, 2014

The Great Pillow Fight Swap 2014

If you've followed my blog for a while, you know that I regularly like to participate in the Pillow Talk Swap on Flickr. Now recently it hasn't had any swaps, so another group was formed by the people who wanted to keep going, called The Great Pillow Fight. This is its first round, and my partner mentioned liking linen and "clean", so this is the mockup I originally created for the pillow:

Great Pillow Fight Round 1

After playing with the pieces a bit during actual construction, I did change up my design a bit, and ended up with this for the top:

A slight change in plans once I started playing with the pieces. I'm thinking matchstick quilting. What do you think partner?

And here is the completed pillow I made for my (still secret) partner:

Finished Pillow

I quilted it with lines 1/4" apart, and added a zipper at the bottom for inserting and removing the pillow form.

Finished Pillow

I sure hope you like this partner. :)

<3 Kelsey

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FCMQG Quilt Retreat 2014

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of joining 10 other lovely ladies from the Fort Collins Modern Quilt Guild for a 3 night retreat. I spent most of my time hand sewing down binding and a sleeve on my Chicopee quilt while looking at this:

Not a bad way to spend a weekend. :)

At the retreat we did a mini-quilt swap, and I decided to dig into my Mendocino scraps and create a half-size swoon.

FCMQG Retreat Mini Swap

The Charlie Harper gold matches the Mendocino gold amazingly well. I used more of this print on the back.

FCMQG Retreat Mini Swap

I added a tiny scrap of seahorses to the binding for a little extra detail.

FCMQG Retreat Mini Swap

In exchange I received this lovely mini quilt from kaliebridgel, which now hangs above my desk so I can stare at it all day while I work. :)

Mini Quilt received at FCMQG Quilt Retreat Summer 2014

<3 Kelsey

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