Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pocket and Petal Pillow Pattern- My test run and a chance to win a copy of this pattern for yourself!

Okay, I made something to keep at our house and I think I am in love. It even made me come out of blog hiding! It is made from this awesome new pattern, available here.
Pocket and Petal Pillow Pattern, say that three times fast . . .
I love flickr and all the wonderful online friends I have made in the past four plus years through online swaps and bees. One of my favorite parts of swaps are getting to know people you have been partnered with. The little bit of stalking to determine their likes and personality often brings you close. I have been super lucky to have been partnered with some amazing people. I have even been partnered with a Modern Quilting Rock Star or two . . .
I had the opportunity to make some Urban Home Goods items for one said Amazing Quilting Godess and Star, Nova. Over the last two years we have shown each other lots of flickr love and have had fun getting to know each other. Her first Pocket Pillow for the Pillow Talk Swap really tickled my fancy. In the pocket she made a little boy and girl. I crushed hard on that pillow and in my mind decided it was made for me! I have three wonderful children, including a toddler boy and girl, who at the time were three. The fact that a little boy and girl lived in the pillow made it mine. You can imagine my surprise when someone else received it!
So when Nova asked me to be a pattern tester for her new pattern, based on one of my all time favorite pillows, I said YES!!!! I am by no means a expert seamstress and with two toddlers, a 9 year old and a ton of commitments, I don't sew as much as I would like to. Really the perfect person to test her pattern. The pattern is great. Tons of photos, great explanations and lots of room to change things up or make exactly as shown. Nova has found her calling, she has a knack for making things simple and straightforward. I give this pattern a big thumbs up and plan to make some more!
Check out Amber's, Kerry's and Kelly's test runs, they are fabulous and really show how fun and versitale this pattern is. Here is one Nova made that I also went crazy for.
I have a couple in the works for holiday gifts, but here is my first finished pillow. We love a good holiday pillow and one with a pocket has the kids over the top excited!
Here is a close-up on my favorite parts of this one!
A few details on my pillow. I used lots of my holiday favorites and my all time favorite red striped fabric, cut straight for the pocket and back trim and on the bias for a candy cane effect on the binding. Cut into my all time favorite Spoonflower home dec fabric by Mummy Sam (who I hope to meet, she lives a half hour away). I paired it on the pillow back with some wool felt yardage I just bought for another holiday project. I quickly ran some stitching over it and love the look, texture and feel! Finally a little of my very favorite red and white check gingham ribbon!
My little kids have been showing the pillow lots of love, but at a 20 inch square size it is hard to see Ellie behind it! I love a big pillow and this one is sure to please!
Nova was very generous and is allowing me to giveaway a copy of this awesome pattern. Just leave me a comment on your favorite holiday tradition or just say hi! I am gearing up for our favorite tradition, making and decorating gingerbread houses. Each kid (and if I have success when baking the houses- the adults) decorate their own house on Christmas Eve. For the past two years we have been making our own,
details on my friend Stacy's blog, who helped me transition from the kits to making our own!
I will keep the giveaway open until mid-night eastern time on Saturday.

22 comments:

Jenny said...

you did such a fabulous job with this pillow Kirsten. I dont usually buy patterns, but I don't think I have enough time to muck my way thru this before it needs to be wrapped under the tree! fingers are crossed I might actually win it though!

Tee said...

Stopping by even though I commented on Flickr...I have to say your version is my favorite -the different fabric designs you chose are so darn cute. Thank you for linking to the fabric that you used on the back -it is the best!

House of Pinheiro said...

thats so cute. I would love to try this pattern

mathea said...

I love your version, especially the candy cane binding. Oh and those gingerbread houses are sooo cute!

Desi said...

The pillows are perfect! Thanks for sharing and the chance to enter to win!! Yay! I hope I do!!!
Desi

LionessLady said...

I keep seeing this pillow pop up on different blogs and I want it, I want it, I want it!!!!

Yours is sooo adorable! I love the little Santa peeping out!

jennspen said...

Kirsten, I love your Christmas version of this pattern. It is so cute. Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!!

Lee said...

So Sweet - I need to find more time for this one! thanks for the giveaway.

gill said...

I love this pattern and I'd love to win a copy! Thank you for the giveaway!
I'm making a gingerbread house for Christmas too - my first so wish me luck!!

Jane said...

Love your pillow!
I wish I had time to make up a few for Christmas gifts!
Your Christmas version is so darling!
I have visions of making the pocket like a house and having little people take up residence inside.
Would love to win!
Jane

Head Øv Metal said...

Your pillow looks fantastic!
I love that pattern!
Decorating a tree is always a fun pasttime.

TheAccidentalCrafter said...

Definitely a keeper, the candy cane binding is just so fitting. We don't have any traditions but I do like the sound of yours though.

kim said...

I love, love, love the red & white gingerbread house!!!
We don't have any hard & fast Christmas traditions but I almost always make peanut brittle to give away. My mother-in-law gave me the recipe when I joined the family and asked me to make it every year. She passed away a few years ago so maybe that would be a nice tradition to keep up in her memory.

sarah said...

I love the Santa fabric..what's the name? Where did you buy it?

Franziska said...

a wonderful test run pillow.
One of my favourite holiday tradition: decorating the tree.

Janet said...

The Christmas one is fabulous! Thanks for a chance to win the pattern. We haven't made gingerbread houses for a few years but I think they need to come back on the roster....

Jules said...

i adore this pillow!, it's so cute. And gingerbread!, don't get me started......i wish it was available all year round! yum.

KylieC said...

We used to have a tradition of making and stuffing the turkey for Christmas lunch. My grandmother, mother and cousins would all jump in and help and squish the stuffing in to the cavity! Then eat it on a 40 degree Christmas Day!! At least at the beach, it was always cooler.

UBee said...

I love your holiday version! Perfect! Thank you so much for the chance to win one.

Margareth said...

This is such a lovely pattern and I love your blue version.

starfishalley said...

What fun pillows. Happy Holidays!

pforgerson said...

Great pillows, thanks for the offer. Great for gift cards!

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