Monday, May 31, 2010

Little Pillows

I've been on the run so much lately that I needed an easy, portable project. I was reminded of making little pillows that get joined together into bigger pieces after watching Teesha's tutorial.



I had made these in the past, but Teesha's approach is a little different. She stuffs them with fiberfil instead of batting for a very fat, textural pillow.


After they are stuffed, the edges are rolled and stitched, then the quilting stitch added to the pillow. I might join them together to make the covers of journals:


Or maybe a long wall hanging:


Or maybe they will just sit in a pile on my desk.

16 comments:

Jacky said...

I love the wall hanging...what a fabulous (portable) idea.

Thanks for sharing.

Jacky xox

...louciao... said...

These are delightful. And another great way to use up some of that material that's taking space in my cupboards (doll making plans that never came to be, etc.). I imagine if I make some, though, they'll wind up in the pile category. Thanks for the warning!

Paula McNamee said...

Beautiful colors, Robin, with contrasting fabrics and variegated threads.

ger said...

Interesting... I´ve been thinking of making some pillowlike rectangles after seeing a photo of ancient clay tablets with words on them, piled + bound with rope, in a book - perhaps a wallhanging which can be rolled up into a pile...?!

lynne h said...

oh, i love these robin!

...or maybe a big pillow made from them. darn they're so sweet i want to hug them... i love the idea of little pillows. there's something about them...

i've been meaning to write and tell that i'd let you know if i came up with anything earth shaking re: the inktense pencils. this much i know for sure, i like them a lot better on muslin or acrylic paint than paper. you can get more 'gritty' and inventive with them then... i just put up a post with my favorite colors in it...

xo

Robin Olsen said...

Oh I like hearing all these ideas for them. Maybe I will be inspired to do more than pile them up!

Jan said...

I like these little pillows. A wonderful project to carry around, not needing too many tools. You could make enough eventually for a whole quilt if you wanted. Thanks for the idea. You and Teesha, that is.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Wonderful blog. there is a resonance here. -J

arlee said...

a scroll of poetry this way would be lovely---or a bathmat, or a cushion--ooooooooo

Tory Brokenshire said...

Beautiful little jems, I could see a bowl of them on my table with a note "pick them up" and I would.

lynda howells said...

Ha..l am doing the same thing. I sit and watch an hour or so of TV with my husband, after supper...and sew. Also l am not sleeping well at the moment either..so l sew. I think l will have many book journal covers by the end of the month!Hax Where do you get your wonderful material? am having trouble finding different materials at momentx i must put my little cushions upo on my Art blog.
( http://tryingtocreatearteveryday.blogspot.com)
lyndax

Robin Olsen said...

Lynda, most of my fabrics are from thrift stores, either old linens or clothes that I dye, overdye, or use as is. Occasionally I pick some up at quilt stores, but then they tend to look dated so easily. I prefer the one-of-a-kind oddities!

Stephanie said...

I wondered what the scale of these lovely little pillows, now I see when they are all stitched together.

Your work is so bright and happy...and yes! your work will brighten any gray Portland day.

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Oh My goodness! I do this and then sew the parts together to make books, bookbags, totes, and all kinds of stuff! I love having a small piece to work on and it's so portable! Lovin it!
HuGGs!
Debi

Valerie said...

I like the idea of using these as a wallhanging. They look really good collected together in that way.

Herm said...

Robin, your little pillows are beautiful. I also saw Teesha's tutorial and in fact in our trip from Portland to Minnesota I was sewing them, I will use some for journal covers!!!