Once upon a time there was a little eggplant purple pillow that made all the other pillows on our sofa look ten times better. Was it the 3 tufted buttons or its small rectangle shape? The other pillows knew not, but they loved their little purple friend.
Then, along came a wild toddler who tore out the tufted buttons time and time again. When nothing could be done to save the pillow, it was banished to a closet where it languished for years. Occasionally mama bumped into it on moving days and the like, but generally the poor pillow was lost to all.
Until one day, when mama was drinking in the pages of Katherine Shaughnessy’s The New Crewel, she came across this page, entitled “Wild Bunch”:
At last, a solution! She set off to work making up this quick crewelwork pattern in a long, rectangle design that would suit our pillow friend.
Out she yanked the last button! With basting pins the finished crewelwork was pinned, then hand stitched to the front. And, voila! The long-lost pillow returned once more to its square pillow friends, new and old.
P.S. Let’s hope Living Color Pillow won’t be jealous.
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This morning Aria got comfy on the couch with our new pillow and my Colorbrick quilt. It was a very warm morning… I didn’t make them to match, per se, but Good Folks make good company.
I put the final stitches on my Living Color pillow last night, while watching “The Invention of Lying” (which was a bust IMO). The “twisted trees” design is from The New Crewel. Because getting to the fabric store is just too much trouble for this busy mom, I recycled an old pillow, ripping out its stuffing to fill this new one, and backed my design with some yellow decorator’s weight fabric I had lying around. Not sure if it was correct to do so, but I used one of those curved, semi-circular needles to hand stitch the bottom side closed. A straight needle was causing a little ridge of fabric to form, but the circular needle made for a smooth finish. So, I guess that’s right?
I was very tempted to try an invisible zipper closure via Sew Katie Did‘s tutorial, but in the end I decided to hand stitch it closed. And, you know, for what it’s worth, I enjoy hand stitching so much that I’d probably just rip it open, remove stuffing, wash and restitch if necessary! How’s that for stubborn?
By the way, gots to give credit to my mama who suggested a mirrored quilting design on the natural Essex linen/cotton frame. I do love quilting patterns on solids it seems.
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