Monday, September 28, 2009

Pillow Inspiration

Pillow Swap, originally uploaded by threedancingmagpies.

So excited about this new pillow swap group that is getting going. I have already learned something! I have been wanting to make a mosaic of flickr favorites for awhile and just hadn't taken the time to figure it out. It was quick and fun! Swap groups have been a wonderful push for me to try things in a timely manner. I just finished a quilted pillow and have been crazy to try another- this will get me going! So here are some pillows that inspire me! I have just finished making one for a swap group with other Heather Ross fabric junkies and used some fun Munki Munki Coke Travelers print. While making the block into a pillow I realized I need to do some pillow mechanics research! I think I will have to make a couple of practice pillows for Ellie's room first! Before really charging ahead into sewing this last year, my friend Stacy at Red Door Home made some wonderful pillows for our living room in lovely shades of browns, greens and olives. I will show you some scenes from our kitchen and living room soon with shots of her awesome pillows. I love the way she pairs linen, burlap and home dec fabrics both new and vintage into wonderful and fun pillows. I have come to the realization through sewing lately that I am drawn to bright bold colors paired with white or linen. My plan is to make quilts and pillows for all three of the kids rooms and also some fun and bold pillows for their playroom. So I think I might start with some pillows for the nook in Ellie's room. I am thinking hot pink, pale pink, red, chocolate brown, aqua and maybe some lime green. Perhaps fairytales? Owls and birds? Graphic Numbers? I have a feeling it will be a bunch of various themes and colors. For Sam's room I was thinking more boyish fun . . . robots, animals, cars and a few ball sports thrown in. Max is become a teenager at 7, so perhaps I will finish his red/white/blue baseball quilt and some fun pillows in white with lots of pops of color. Our room is also in need of some serious help. Just before adopting Ellie and Sam 2 and a half years ago, we finally got a start at decorating our room. The walls are a wonderful shade of dark slate blue and the nook is a wonderful chocolate brown. Some chunky crown moulding and wooden blinds were added in white to make it all pop. Then the bed, oh how I love our bed. It is a big king with a padded headboard and footboard from Pine Cone Hill in a cream and brown ticking stripe. It is lovely and large enough for all five of us to cuddle in each morning. This is where the decorating stopped. We have the plainest pillows and a plain tan duvet. We decided to stop until after the kids got past the age of messing up our bed. I think the time is coming to finish the job. I have been so inspired by Liz's pillows at OllieKate that I feel guilty! Is it wrong to want to make exact replica's from photos someone is generous enough to share . . . all of her pillows are so fantastic! Ihad three of her pillows in my mosaic, but somehow messed it up. So I thought I would just link to them, here, here, and here. They rock don't you think? I am sure they will sell FAST at her show this fall. Okay more pillow talk soon and some photos of Stacy's pillows that grace our home!


Red Door Home said...

I can't wait to see your new pillows! You are so creative I am sure you will come up with something wonderful:)

Three Dancing Magpies said...

Perhaps I could get some pillow pointers. I can do the front part, but it is the making it into a pillow that I really need some help with! I am nervous to be in a swap and then send something messy in construction! said...

Hello! Firstly, I love your blog name! I know what you mean about the construction. I would worry it might be spoilt! You have to try though dont you! Pop and visit sometime! Suzie. x

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