Monday, August 02, 2010


I don't know how it managed to turn to August all of a sudden. I mean seriously, wasn't it JUST the first of July? Weird. Yesterday I went to the grocery store and saw a bunch of back to school stuff and felt that twinge of sadness I usually feel, like it's the end of freedom.. but then I got a grip on myself. I'm free all the time.
Speaking about getting a grip, I finally finished up my butterfly pillow. It's 18 inches square and I used the pillow making method Elizabeth describes in her book. Doesn't it look cute next to the pillow she made me last year for my birthday?
I think the black background makes a much more dramatic pattern, don't you? I like both though, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. I made it as a gift for my sister, and I hope she likes it. I'm VERY LATE for her birthday as usual.
I don't appreciate the funky pillow form though, and probably will have to go grab another. This one makes my corners look bad.

So that's all the news here. It was a fun weekend, with Bret home for 4 days. He's busy on a painting project around here. The house is a wreck. I'm happy I can always find some calm in the sewing room. xo


Blogger Minick and Simpson said...



5:26 AM  
Blogger mascanlon said...

Love the buttons on the back of the pillow. Lucky sister, I'd grab it happily even late!

5:30 AM  
Blogger Auntie Pami said...

Adorable as always...what about pre-stuffing the corners with a bit of batting?

6:04 AM  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

It's gorgeous PKM! I love the very cute buttons on the back too.

6:33 AM  
Blogger betseysumners said...

I agree with Auntie Pam, put some stuffing in the corners and you won't need a different pillow form. The pillow is lovely, I want to make one too! Thanks for sharing.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Mary Anne Drury said...

VERY CUTE !!!! (and I think it's fine the way it is!)

I'm also working on WAY belated birthday and graduation gifts .... too many to think about all at once or my head will explode !

6:43 AM  
Blogger Vickie E said...

that is amazing...
I must copy. LOL

7:15 AM  
Blogger ferne said...

Love this use of the you got me thinking again!

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Tracy said...

Love the pillow. I totally get the "loss of freedom" feeling. This year my daughter starts the charter school experience (as opposed to the homeschool experience) and I am feeling confined by their schedule.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Nedra said...

How fun that you turned the butterflies into a pillow! I think I will make one of those next.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Library Gal Quilts said...

I was at Target yesterday and I saw all that back to school stuff. I loved buying that stuff for my girls. I used to beg them to get it. So, I got myself a little pile of hello kitty and cute stuff yesterday and will drop it off at the boys and girls club today for someone else's cute little ones. It's the thrill of the find and then pass it on! Love your pillow..really darling...xo Pam in Chico

8:17 AM  
Blogger Sharrieboberry said...

Sooo cute! I've liked your version of the butterflies from the beginning.

Presents are GOOD anytime you get them!

8:17 AM  
Blogger Goosegirl said...

Oh so pretty! I love both pillows but that butterfly pillow is perfection!

And back to school....BLEH!
We have the Nevada County fair next week and then school starts the week after that. I am trying to get all of my fair entries done to turn in this week and need to get a back to school dress done for my little one. And my 5 year old is finishing her first quilt to enter into the fair too.
Seems like the summer went to fast. sigh.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Adorable! Why didn't you make 2? Or possibly 3?

11:49 AM  
Blogger be*mused jan said...

Love the pillow! Flower Sugar works well with that block pattern. I never think to make pillows from favorite patchwork patterns. Maybe I'd get through my *someday* list quicker if I did.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous happy zombie said...

OMG... your pillow is youknowhating adorable!!! I didn't realize the blocks were so small. I love them even more now. It's so cute I could weep. And that's not the atomic fireball talking, either.

Your sister is gonna go nuts over it!!!!

2:44 PM  
Blogger schmidt1016 said...

I guess I really didn't have a firm grip on the size butterflies you were working on. They're so dainty! Very sweet. Another inspiration!
Leslie S. in MN

10:41 PM  
Blogger Apryl said...

it looks lovely to me! love the buttons on the back too.

12:29 AM  
Blogger madrekarin said...

Gasp! That's adorable. No, beautiful. No, sweet. No, amazing. No, gorgeous. No, well, you get the picture. :)

5:33 AM  
Blogger fiberdoodles said...

Love it ~ just adorable!!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love the pillow. I can't get a handle on the angling of the strips though. It just seems wrong. I'm much more at home snowballing things like that. Oh well. I love it.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

That's precious! Love the colors.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

soooooooooooooooo cute!!!!


8:42 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

What a cute pillow! I love the back as much as the front : )

9:41 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

love these pillows!!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Charmaine McLaughlin said...

Your pillows are adorable and how nice you have a friend that makes such cute pillows for you! I LOVE your chenille bedspread...I have several I've bought at estate sales cuz they remind me of when I was little. So cute!

9:01 PM  
Blogger pink potatoe said...

Love your pillows especially the buttons on the back. Can you please tell methe name of the rose fabric it is very sweet?

11:31 AM  

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