I've had this pattern printed for many, many months, and I finally got around to making it. It's Star Thistle created by Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal. You can get the pattern here.
Out came the Aurifil thread -- #2021 Natural White. I like Aurifil thread, but it's quite costly here in Canada. I have a few spools but don't use it often. I also decided to try Quilter's Newsprint by the Electric Quilt Company.
Sewing went well -- Jack the seam ripper didn't make a single appearance!! I was so excited on how well it was going, I forgot to take progress photos. The Quilter's Newsprint was very easy to remove.
I added some borders to increase the size and did some straight-line quilting.
I used Kona Black, White, Ash, and Chinese Red.
For the grey sections, I tried Glide thread. I was very excited to try this thread, but in the end, I was sadly disappointed. I couldn't get the tension right, and at the corners where I changed directions, I ended up with a loop (almost like a missed stitch). In the end, I gave up. Since this is a pillow, I'm hoping that it won't be washed often and that the quilting will hold up.
And when you think you know something for certain, double check. I added borders based on the 14-inch pillow forms that I had in my stash. Ummm...they were 16-inch pillow forms. So off to my LQS to purchase the correct size. Sigh. While I was there, I took a photo in the Kona section.
A front yard photo shoot.
This pillow will be going to charity. One of our guild members allows us to use her business space for our monthly guild meetings. As a thank you, members donate items to their yearly charity auction in December. All funds go to a local charity that provides safe, second-stage housing and supportive counselling for women and children in our province. I'm happy to be ahead of the game this year.
If you have a finish this week, consider sharing it at:
Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Celtic Thistle Stitches
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict