Meet my first official finish For February:
You might be surprised to know that it is an 11" square pillow. Those pixels are a mere half inch finished. This is the ring pillow for Son #1's wedding in March.
I was inspired by all the Pixellated Heart projects floating around the blogosphere. I knew I couldn't get the desired affect with two inch finished pixels so I used the Elizabeth Hartman Stamp Collection tutorial on Oh Fransson to mini-size the project. I think it came out smashing!
It all started out as a 16x26" Fjadrar Inner Cusion from Ikea, a pile of pink and red scraps, my stack of untouched Caroline Friedlander, a little RK Essex Linen, a red zipper and some navy pearl cotton. That's what you see. Underneath it includes, fusible interfacing, cotton batting, muslin and of course, thread. I guess you could add in all the vodka-starch I used to tease those seams into submission.
I will share the construction process is another post, but for now, here is the pillow in detail.
Note that the ribbon can be removed so that the little heart can be tossed around the home as a decoration post nuptials.
Now for an update on my 2015 Goals:
The Hickory Knob Retreat left me in an unusual position. I have a larger number of WIPs than I am used to. They are staring me in the face from the rail of the grace frame. It makes me feel a bit anxious when I look at them. Add to that that the ring pillow was NOT on my 2015 Goal list and I am feeling a bit behind. I do have a lot of starts just not many finishes.
I did finish some welcome additions to help me with production in January. These were also not on my 2015 List. I made six of Lori Holt's Design Boards. I absolutely love them and have another board to make a larger one that will fill in as a mini design wall since I am so short on wall space in my studio.
I changed up the design a bit and used gray flannel instead of batting scraps. I can neaten these babies up with a swipe of the lint roller.
They are coming in so handy with my granny square quilt. I lay out blocks on the 20x20 boards and organize my pieces on the 10x10 boards. I can stack them and move them around with ease. Lori is right, these are invaluable.
I have constructed seven of 20 granny square blocks. This project just moved up from a May finish to a mid-March deadline so I have to get hopping.
I have purchased more Kona Snow for the granny square quilt and the Christmas Tree Pants Side-B.
I still need to order some additional RB Small Dots to round out the granny square project.
And last but not least, I failed on my January ALYoF goal and only got my Christmas Runner sandwiched and FMQ'd two rows of Ribbon Candy.
I was going to make the Ring Pillow my February goal but since I finished it before I even shared it I am going to go back to the runner for my January ALYof goal.
Linking up with:
Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday
Sew Fresh Quilt's Let's Bee Social
Mabey She Made It's Do Tell Tuesday
Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday
She Can Do's Craftastic Monday
Blossom Heart Quilt's Sew Cute Tuesday
I have to Say's Show & Tell Tuesday
Bitter Sweet Designs A lovely Year of Finishes