Well the half-square-triangle left-overs from the patchwork box pouches I made a few weeks ago just kept getting moved around the studio, so I decided to take them with me to my monthly Seattle Quiltie Beeings get together so that I could get some pillow tops together for my step outs in December’s invisible zipper workshops.
Years ago they started out in this lovely layout (other color ways here). Sometimes random is the right answer to getting something done. So into a bag they went and I started drawing them out and piecing them into pairs as I did when I made the first HST LOVE quilt.
Finished off with invisible zippers. Tutorial for invisible zippers here.
I just love the mix of colors and textures. To finish it didn’t need anything beyond a grid of straight line quilting. I had a problem with skipped stitches that was so frustrating and something I haven’t dealt with before. I tried everything to eliminate the issue, but it remained unresolved. Considering the use these would get on the couch I spent a lot of time with my seam ripper.
There is no lack of soft couch lounging happening lately, so the addition is welcomed.
I’m doing my usual end of the year round up and can’t wrap my brain around how many unfinished projects are laying around here, so I’ve decided to dedicate making them all into some small projects for refining new skills. I’m sure there will be some quilts too.
I think I’ll say that this is the last post of the 2016 year:) Our family has a daily practice communicating what we are thankful for and of course this time of year it takes on even more meaning.
The other night I was beyond grateful to have a pile of warm quilts to stack on top of my family when our heating oil ran out. Considering some of the extremely disturbing humanitarian issues our world is facing I feel so lucky to live a life where heat is a a pile of quilts and a phone call away.
The privilege of being able to teach and share a utilitarian skill that involves artistic creation is honestly something I truly treasure.
Thanks for sharing that journey with me this year Peeps.
I wish you all peace, kindness, love AND craftiness in the new year.
Charlotta Norby says
Beautiful pillows and a lovely tree. Thank you so much for focusing on being thankful. There’s a lot of grief going around, and a lot of unhappiness. The holidays are difficult for many people, and it’s so good to hear of those who are thankful and happy.
Thanks Charlotta! Hope you have an enjoyable holiday with family.
Your couch and pillows look so inviting! Merry Christmas Katie!
Perfect for eggnog lattes;) Merry Christmas!
Boy your sofa is gorgeous with all those beautiful pillows – what an awesome mix of color!
It was nice to sit with you for a bit the other day. I’m sure you’re cooking up a storm today. Merry Christmas.
I want to cozy up on that couch with an eggnog latte and have a good catch up! xo
We need that. xo
pat s says
I do so love the way you just grab a bag of “stuff” and make it into something wonderful. For those of us not fortunate enough to live on your coast, have you ever considered doing a Craftsy class? I’d enroll in a heartbeat!
You are so wise to recognize how fortunate we are when there are so many others living – surviving – in the direst of circumstances.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.
Thanks Pat for your kind words. I don’t know if the Crafty thing is for me, but I’m trying to get it together to do some patterns.
I very much enjoy your blog and your quilting esthetic. You’ve inspired me to learn all about triangles. That would be a great class to offer at Modern Domestic, hint, hint, nudge, nudge, ??.
Happy New Year
I’ll be traveling through in October I believe so you might see something then;) Happy New Year and long live triangles!
Erin M. says
We also use a Norfolk Island Pine as a christmas tree!
It does the trick and then all year you get to enjoy;) Merry Christmas!
Jodie Richelle says
Oh, I love the look of your site! And so happy to hear from you – I must have somehow unfollowed you, because I have missed out on a lot of goodness. I need to catch up!
Maybe when I switched to the new site it was disrupted ? Welcome back;)
Jodie Richelle says
I think that’s it, Katie – This site is brand new to me – I love it – it matches your quilting.
Thanks Jodie. I’m loving it;)