Monday, June 3, 2019

Midmod Improv Appliqué Pillow

Okay, so I'm just going to say up front that I am so excited about this pillow. I think it is the coolest thing I have made in a long time, and the technique has so many possibilities, my mind is whirring with what to make next.

Like the pillow I made recently, this is improv appliqué, meaning I cut all the shapes by eye, without templates. I riffed off the square in a square design but added a mid century modern twist with the rounded edges. It turned out just as I intended.

The pillow gave me a chance to try matchstick quilting over appliqué, and I'm happy with the result. The texture is great, and it doesn't overwhelm the design underneath, possibly because I used bold colors. I finally used Living Coral, the Pantone color of the year. Nice.

I will say this 16 x 24 piece took forever, as it is all hand appliquéd, needle turn, using my favorite Aurifil 80 weight thread. The matchstick quilting isn't quick either. But it was all worth it to me. I really love this. Having said that, the bit I enjoy is the making, rather than the owning. If you'd like a chance to add this functional art to your home. check it out in my etsy shop. I doubt I'll make another, so this is a one of a kind piece!


Debbie said...

I don't know why I was surprised this was appliqued - how awesome. You did a fantastic job, and of course the quilting just put it over the top. Really lovely and unique.

Sophie Zaugg said...

Very cool and inspiring! I love everything about it!

KaHolly said...

Oh. My. Goodness!! It’s gorgeous! I’ll just bet you are proud of it. I am so inspired by your accomplishment!