Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Tada!

I have finished my pillow for the Honeycomb Stitchalong!  First let me send kudos to Jenelle over at Echinops and Aster for putting on this great stitchalong.  The instructions were fabulous, and the entire project was a joy to work on. I bought a kit for the project from Sew Lux Fabric - the kit was beautifully put together, and it made me so happy to be working with the lovely fabrics and threads.  I would definitely enjoy doing another project with Jenelle and I am already window shopping at Sew Lux!

Here's a back view, which I think is really fabulous as well, even if my needle turn applique skills leave something to be desired.

This week was mostly about quilting the pillow top- it has a combination of machine quilting and hand quilting.  For the machine quilting I used Aurifil thread and my walking foot.  There was so much stopping and turning, I wonder if I might have been better doing it more free motion. The hand quilting was done with perle cotton, and with the big needle I needed to use for the thickness of the thread, I could not use my normal quilting stitch techniques, I needed to treat it more like embroidery.  I am thrilled with the results though, just a little glad the back of the hand quilting does not show!
I'll leave you with a closeup of one of my bees.  Jenelle's embroidery tutorial has me thinking about putting stitching on everything I see!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

5 comments:

Jane said...

Lovely! The bees are so sweet & I think I might like the back as well as the front. What a great project!

Christine said...

I love your pillow. I am working on a pillow with hexies too. Now I wish I was using your colors and embroidering a bee too. I wonder if a bee would look good with blues and purples?

Susan Owenby said...

I do love that bee! It is just too cute. Nice work, congrats on the finish!

Jenelle said...

Your hand stitching looks great and your pillow turned out beautifully! Thanks for stitching along with me. :)

Mara said...

I am the same way, always trying to figure out a way to add a little embroidery and hand stitching to something, it is so fun! A lovely finish.