Gumdrop Pillow by Caribousmom

Summary

Category:
Home & Decoration
Pattern:
Gumdrop
Status:
Complete
Started:
2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2014-01-05T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

January 1, 2014:

This pillow is part of the Pillow Pop Sew Along (using the book: Pillow Pop).

I love reds and oranges and decided to use the Matilda collection as my focal fabric (the multi-colored leaf fabric). I chose coordinating, modern fabrics from my stash and selected some neutrals that I loved.

This was surprisingly easy to piece. Top is done and I still need to quilt and back this pillow.

January 5, 2014: My pillow is finished! I decided I really wanted to accentuate the curves with my quilting ... and so quilted one large circle with concentric rings. It was quick and fun and I like the texture it added to the top. The back is pieced with a hidden zipper. I used the diagonal tangerine stripe fabric from Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious collection for the binding. Final size: 20" X 20".

Pictures

hidden zipper
quilting detail
quilting detail

Loves

sewlovetosew
Stlcaverly
HawkFan
ArloDeanQuilts
Skynme
Joke
JudyBR
True
Terryt1955
Amanda

Comments

Skynme

OMG another gorgeous gumdrop pillow. love the Matilda line have a ton of it for a quilt I want to make...one day. This is really beautiful!!!!

True

Oh I love this one...love both the colors but also the low volumes you selected!

Caribousmom

True Thank you! I saw you also just posted your top - am running over there to look at it more closely! This is so fun!

Skynme Thanks! I love this line of fabric too - I LOVE the oranges and reds together.

True

Caribousmom it is fun and amazing to see how different they look in different combos of fabric way cool!

Caribousmom

True I agree - it is a fun design. I am so excited to see more of these as the month goes forward!

Joke

I bought the leaves after you posted your fabric pull hehe. I love how the colours really 'pop' in the circles. They look so vibrant! Will love to see how you quilt it!!

Mymble

Love it- that leaf fabric has caught my eye a number of times and I love how you used it here- great job!

Caribousmom

Joke Can't wait to see what you do with your leaf fabric :) I still don't know what I am going to do with the quilting. The book suggests straight lines, but I am thinking about doing circles - or more accurately, on large circle repeated out to the edges.

Mymble Thank you! This is a fun one!

Caribousmom

Carolmarie Thanks, Carol :)

Sewbusy64

sometimes I think I overuse the word LOVE when applying to sewing....but, again, I LOVE it!

HawkFan

I love love love these fabrics & the pillow. As a matter of fact, thanks to Skynme and Wendy twisting my arm a while back, I bought a couple of the prints. Totally not my fault I gave in to temptation.

Caribousmom

Sewbusy64 LOL Thank you so much! I am in love with those colors...and this one makes me happy!

HawkFan Hahahaha - I hope your arm has recovered from all that twisting...it is such a shame when we are forced to do things we don't really want to do (where the heck is that sarcasm font??!?!)

HawkFan

Yeah, I thought True would have that font done by now!

Caribousmom

HawkFan LOL!!!!

True

HawkFan I tried but it just wouldn't work for me;-)

Quilt455

love it, love it, love it. The leaf fabric is great. I am already behind everyone......and it is only the 2nd. Gee, better get to work. Can't wait to see it Saturday. Hmmm, where is my big tote bag?

Terryt1955

Quilt455 Don't feel bad Quilt455 , I haven't gotten to my pillow yet either. It sure is fun seeing everyone's and Caribousmom of course I love what you did here. I've never met a project of yours I didn't love (okay I wasn't a fan of a brown quilt you made for someone but that's only because you didn't chose the colors).

Caribousmom

Terryt1955 LOL - thank you! You're not behind...the month has only just started. Have fun!

Quilt455 Thank you, dear! It was great sewing with you yesterday!!!!

True

Love the quilting!! Perfect for this pillow and love your back. I was thinking my next pillow I may now have idea of making back down enough to do something on back! We shall see.

ArloDeanQuilts

I love the circle quilting. This turned out wonderful.

Caribousmom

True Thanks, Mary! I love figuring out the backs...it is a good way to use up some scraps too.

ArloDeanQuilts Thanks! I was a little nervous about quilting circles as I had not done that before...but I'm happy with the result!

Terryt1955

Congrats on the circle quilting. It's perfect for the designs of this pattern! My monitor isn't the best but it looks like you started with a circle about the size of a tea cup?

Caribousmom

Terryt1955 Thanks, Terry! The diameter of my starting circle was about 3.5" which was the smallest I felt I could go and still use my walking foot (I did not want to start out free motion quilting and then switching to a walking foot - which is what I would have had to do if I made a smaller circle). I used the edge of my foot to space the circles - not trying to be too exact, but close.

Terryt1955

That's what I thought and it makes sense. To start out with a really tight circle would NOT have been fun!

Caribousmom

Terryt1955 Exactly! And I also didn't want the quilting TOO tight because I thought it would get really stiff. As it was, it developed a bit of a wave from all the circles - but since it was a pillow top and the insert fills it out, it didn't matter. But, something to consider if you do this on an actual quilt.

Caribousmom

Carolmarie Well pebbles are much different than what I did, Carol. If you do these large concentric circles, you can use your walking foot and just keep stitching in circles for one continuous quilt pattern. Now, pebbling is awesome and would look great on this pillow, but you can't do that with a walking foot. For that you need to free motion quilt. It is not terribly hard, but it uses a ton of thread and is fatiguing. Do you know how to free motion quilt? If not, I don't suggest pebbling as a first project as it takes some practice and there are easier patterns to free motion quilt as a newbie.

Caribousmom

Carolmarie The way I taught myself to pebble was I made a really scrappy (and I mean ALL scraps) tablerunner that I liked but didn't care if I messed it up...and then I played with FMQing...I pebbled and did other stuff - a lot of dense quilting that helped me try new stuff on a project that I wasn't going to stress about. Ultimately, I ended up really liking that table runner! And I learned a lot and got to practice my FMQing. Of course, you could do that with a pillow top as well if you wanted. Just don't expect it to be perfect, and have fun!!!

Quilterinmotion

Caribousmom , I love the colors and prints you used. It is fun to see how different they all look with the very same pattern. Your circular design looks fabulous on it. I love it when I can do designs with the walking foot as the deciding factor for the space between lines. It's so easy that way!

Go for it Carolmarie . Draw some pebbles on paper to get the motion to stick in your brain and you'll be able to do it just fine. It would cute great on Metro.

Quilt455

Yup, you pick a great quilting for this pillow. I love that you continued your curves in the quilting. Such a great pillow. I was fun watching you quilt it yesterday and your nickname "Turbo" fits you just fine. hehehe Thanks for the wonderful day yesterday!

Caribousmom

Quilt455 Thank you and you're welcome! You gave me that extra little push to go with the curves and I think it was a good choice!

Carolmarie Hope you get some sewing time today! And I'll look forward to seeing your pebbling!! :)

Caribousmom

Quilterinmotion Thank you! I think it is so fun to do these sew alongs because although we are all using the same pattern, every pillow has a different look! I agree about using a walking foot - and it was super fast!!!

Drnic2c

I just knew I would like your finished project when I saw the fabric choice back in December. It is beautiful and the idea to get your feet wet with FMQing on these pillow projects is a great idea for a newbee like me. Thanks for the inspiration.

Whatthebobbin

So pretty! I really need to add binding to my pillows, it's such a nice touch. smile

Caribousmom

Drnic2c Thank you...and you're welcome! With FMQing, sometimes you just have to dive in and do it...and small projects are often the best way to start! Have fun!

Carolmarie LOL - well, I bet what you did is beautiful :)

Whatthebobbin Thanks! I really like binding these - it goes fast. On this one, I went with a more narrow binding than what I've done in the past on pillows, and I sort of like the narrowness. Will have do that again :)

cally68

This is beautiful. I love the fabric and your quilting. I received the same fabric for my birthday. I'm not sure where I will use it but I'm sure it will "pop" up in a pillow.

Caribousmom

cally68 thanks! I love that fabric...wish I'd bought more of it so I could make a second pillow with it...but my scraps may just show up somewhere else!

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