January - Greetings from Antarctica Pillows by Rebecca

Summary

Category:
Home & Decoration
Pattern:
Greetings from antarctica! quilted pillows
Status:
In Progress
Started:
2012-12-29T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

Pillows for the January project for the Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays Sew Along.

I started with the polar bear but will likely make at least one penguin from the pattern since it was pretty fun.

Polar Bear:  I used a scrap of cotton velveteen for his nose, and chose printed fabrics for both his scarf and the outer border.  Although I didn't plan it all out first and in hindsight wish I had used the other red I was debating on for the scarf.  I currently have the top quilted - still need to make it into the pillow.  I'm planning a simple overlapped back rather than the zipper in the book.

Update:

Ahem, Well my bear is undergoing some plastic surgery. Apparently I should have stabilized the velveteen with some fusible interfacing or something.  A gentle wash caused one nose seam to come apart because the velveteen was coming apart from the raw edges of the seam allowance.  Black fuzz went all over under the white face and looked horrible.  I tried living with it but it was bugging me way too much.  So I carefully picked the nose out, and used long tweezers to remove all the fuzz and will make a replacement using the paper piece as a template to get the right shape.  This time I'll try stabilizing the velveteen with some woven fusible interfacing.  I haven't decided if I'm going to hand or machine stitch it into place.

If anyone has other suggestions from what I'm planning on doing let me know!

Pictures

Cosmetic surgery underway

Loves

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Comments

Terryt1955

Oh so cute!

Rebecca

Terryt1955 Thanks!

True

Really cute and love fabric for nose!

Katisquilting

It is super cute! :)

Conniharns

That is adorable!! Just wantta "hug" it!!

Quilt455

love it, love it, love it. Can't wait to get started on mine.

Laweigel

Really cute! I bet his velvet nose is sooo soft-great idea!

Rebecca

Thanks everyone! I can't wait to see all of yours!

Terryt1955

SO did you go with the 200% or 400% enlargement? And what size pillow did it make in to?

Rebecca

Terryt1955 The pattern calls for both sizes - the 400% is for the front and the 200% is for an additional block on the back. I printed both sizes but am not going to put both on one pillow like the directions - I'd prefer just a plain foldover back. I'm going to make an additional block and use it for something else though. The 400% puts the paper piecing at just under 12" finished and with the borders the pattern makes an 18" pillow.

Terryt1955

Thanks for all the details. I have all my fabric and need to dive in but I'm not very confident about paper piecing. "Just Do IT!"

Mary

I love the snowflake border...too cute!

Whatthebobbin

Cute idea for the nose fabric. I love the snowflakes too!

Laweigel

He looks so naked without his black nose! I would hand sew the nose back on. Have you ever used voile? Sew right side together then turn the nose and then appliqué the nose back on.

Terryt1955

Oh poor bear needs a nose job.Sorry, I have no suggestions except maybe applique a suede like fabric that doesn't fray.

True

Oh poor bear and poor Rebecca!! I have no ideas as you and others have great ones but hope his recovery goes smoothly;-)

Stamdl

I would applique his new nose. Just make it a little bigger, put a bit of fray check on the white edges underneath and no one will ever notice it but you! I so love your snowflake border.

Mymble

Applique would be my way to go as well- but regardless- he's a very cute bear!

JudyBR

I hope your polar bear is recovering nicely from his surgery. I also am using some velveteen in my project, so thanks for the heads up.

Rebecca

Jbr Thanks, I hoped to save someone from a similar fate. I'm working on the repair today, so fingers crossed it turns out decently.

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