Saturday, 6 December 2014

Personalized Pillow

December 6.

I grew up in Montreal and for me, this date is forever linked to the killing of 14 female engineering students at École Polytechnique.  It's been 25 years, but I remember is like it was yesterday. 

When I moved to Halifax, I learned that December 6 was also the date of the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of nuclear weapons.  It killed 2000 people and injured 9000 more.  Today marks the 97th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

But December 6 is also a very happy date because someone special is celebrating a birthday!  And what`s a birthday without a personalized pillow?

I was going to go with the blue-green combo I can't seem to get enough of these days, but taking a page out of Adrienne's book, I went for orange as my accent colour. 

I also quilted wavy lines, again, totally stealing from Adrienne.  Really, really like the wavy lines.  It is easy, and very forgiving, and it looks really nice!  Thanks for the double inspiration, Adrienne!

In other quilty endeavours, I made another zippered pouch.  This time, using laminated fabric for the inside.  The outside fabric was from my husband's last trip to Hawaii.  He went a little crazy with the Hawaiian prints, so expect to see them make an appearance in my projects from time to time.

I finished hand stitching the binding on a simple quilt made from a Snoopy vintage sheet and backed with some "what was I thinking" fabric that was languishing in my stash.

And before I leave, look what has started arriving in the mail... sewing machine blocks from my bee mates!  Yay!

It's been a good quilty week around here, but I have so much more to do before Christmas.  What about you?


  1. Such loaded day, eh? I'm so glad you have something joyous to celebrate too. Wish Max happy birthday from us. LOVE the orange and blue! You can never have enough Hawaiian print (I said that for Warren's benefit ;) ). Your block went in the mail last Monday night so you should be getting it this week. The blocks look fabulous!

  2. My Christmas sewing was done early this year, in fact before the end of October! However I remember one year where I was sewing the buttons on satin pyjamas and bathrobe I made for my sister-in-law, on Christmas day, as they were coming up the driveway. More usual was finishing a couple days before the big day.

  3. OMG those bee blocks are awesome! That us going to be one amazing quilt. Love your pillow, the quilt that inspired is I the dryer:)

  4. Love your sewing machine blocks. Can't wait to see the finished product.

  5. My've been busy! That pillow looks positively comfortable! The wavy line quilting is great with the square blocks. If you have a lot of Hawaiian print fabric you'd better make something bigger than a pouch :o)


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