Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop & Giveaway (ended)



Welcome to the final day of the Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hope (and my birthday, as it just so happens).     And, for those of you who are new here, welcome to my blog.    This is not normally a crafting or quilting blog, it's a potpourri of angst, hospice stories, failures and celebration.    I can't predict what I will write next week because life is full of surprises, right?

I would be remiss is I didn't mention my thanks to  Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for this and many other amazing ideas that keep these Blog Hops rolling,  and to Pauline from Quilt n Queen, who is our hostess for the Holiday Lane Pillow Hop.

The adorable Holiday Lane pillow featured today was designed by Jill Finley of Jillily Studio, and the pattern is quick and easy to follow, and fun to make, even for a newbie like me.    EVEN for a newbie like me who isn't always good at following instructions.  Where I live, Christmas flies by, but winter seems to linger forever, so I decided that my pillow should be less Holiday and more Winter.    I mostly used fabrics from my stash.      




I did run into a few problems, having to do with inexperience rather than the pattern.   I tried machine quilting my pillow top but my thread kept getting tangled and rolling back on the spindle, so I decided to outline the houses by hand with sparkly thread.    I guess I didn't pull the fabric as tightly as I thought I had, or maybe didn't use a thick enough batting, because several of my houses ended up with puckers after the pillow was stuffed.   My embroidered attempt at icicles also ended up looking like puckers.    Live and learn.   (I opted against the flange and, in retrospect, that might have helped avoid some of those puckers.   I might make a summer version of the pillow after Christmas, and I'll investigate that theory then!)

I used a shirt button for the door knob.   The little snowman came from a piece of fabric given to me at a memorial service for one of our hospice patients, who was an avid (and very talented) quilter. 
 
Having to post my results on the last day of the Hop is a lot of pressure, because anyone who has followed along this far has seen some fantabulous pillows in the past few days.      Trust me, this is not false modesty -- some of the creativity in this Hop nearly blew me away, and I have tons of ideas for what to do on my next pillow!    This is my first blog hop, and my first applique pillow, and like so many, many things in the World of Never-Did-This-Before, it didn't turn out exactly the way I expected.      When I compare myself (and yes, sadly, I do compare myself) to the blogs of experienced seamstresses I follow, my results are lackluster.    I finished in plenty of time and I know that many of you would have scrapped the first pillow if you weren't satisfied and started over, but I've never had that kind of discipline with anything.    Like so much of my life, it works or it doesn't and that's that (dusts hands).

So I didn't scrap, or frog, or undo my first project, but since I wasn't thrilled with some of the puckery finish on my pillow, I decided to make a second, mini pillow using only felt applique. 
Felt is so easy to work with that it feels like cheating.    Although I now have many ideas, after seeing the other bloggers, for how to jazz this up, I am a simple person, and I kept the pillow simple.     I finished the edges of the small pillow with Martha Stewart Crafts glitter eyelash in crystal (an idea I stole from Carrie P's Halloween pillow on A Passion for Applique!    Thanks, Carrie!)
So there it all is, pillows big and small.    Thanks a lot for stopping by.    I really enjoyed my first Blog Hop, and I really encourage you other wannabee-lurkers to give it a try -- whatever you (or I) think of my pillows, the important thing is that I tried something new, I finished it,  and even if my results doesn't quite compare to the Best In Show,  I like my pillows a lot and I'm very happy I made the effort.     Because I didn't add any "Holiday" to my pillows, I will plan to leave them out all winter, even after my other decorations are put away.    Perhaps the more important thing is that my grandchildren (after I applied a little pressure) were VERY impressed.  Besides,  I smile every time I see my Holiday pillows perched on my living room couch, and really, what more could I ask of a project than that?!

Be sure to visit the rest of today's Hoppers --
Friday November 30
Linda - that other blog

And, for those of you who are still here, thank you again for stopping by to see my effort (blush), and it seems like I should offer you a snack or something before you go.   Sewing and quilting are all very well, but a homemade cookie, straight from the oven, is nothing to sniff at.    One thing about the internet, though, is that it's hard to hand a cookie across, so I'm afraid you will have to bake it yourself.     To help you do that, my giveaway is this dandy and adorable set of measuring cups --
I got a set of these clever little nesting doll-cups as a gift a year or so ago and thought they were so cute that I bought another set for you!    For a chance at winning my prize, all you have to do is leave a comment.    If you are one of my followers -- and I don't blame you a bit if you are not -- just leave an extra comment saying so for an extra chance.    I'll draw a winner in a day or so.    If you are a quilter/crafter, let me know that, too, and I'll toss in a bit of fabric.

Enjoy the other Blog-Hoppers!



73 comments:

Madame Samm said...

oh wow...love your pillows...totally brilliant...and your setting looks very comfy

Madame Samm said...

ohhhh and happy name sake day..what a lovely way to celebrate new beginnings..

Debbie said...

Happy birthday.....it's not easy turning this number---I know because mine is up in 2 weeks! So maybe if we say it enough, it will be better. Happy birthday!

krislovesfabric said...

Love your use of felt, those pillows are bright and beautiful...you compare very nicely with us all! I chose to be modern and minimal on mine too! And I love your nesting dolls...I haven't seen measuring cups before...I have a small collection of those with the first one bought at Disneyworld when I was around 12...it's a grumpy old man, lol!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I love your pillows....great color

Sue said...

I want to try this pillow and you have given me the incentive to try. Probably can't start til after Christmas but then I will have a year to work on it!!

Sue said...

I am now a follower of yours. And I do sew and quilt.

MooseStash Quilting said...

Just beautiful so glad to be a new follow of yours!

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a great post! First of all, Happy Birthday! Second of all, we must be sisters - that bit about a bit of coercion with the grandchildren, that's so me. :) I loved your pillow. It seems to me that the first time we make something we put so much of our personality into it that the next one we make might be beautiful but it rarely has the sparkle of the first one. I bet every time you look at this one you'll smile. Great job! blessings, marlene
P.S. I love the measuring cups too and yes I'm a quilter. :)

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Happy birthday!!

I truly like both the pillows and for different reasons. The larger one looks more "folk art" and the second one I like because of the felt and I like the fringe around the outside. Good for you for trying something new and completing the project. Fun project!

The measuring cups are cute - enter me in the giveaway please!

Rosa said...

Happy birthday! I love your stunning pillow.It`s hard pick one.Thanks for sharing!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love your pillows and you use of felt. They look wonderful on your couch! Happy Birthday! Enjoy you day!

Carla Bynum said...

Hi!! I love your pillows!! They are very pretty!! They look wonderful on your couch!!! None of my sewing looks very good yet but the grands always love it all!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Well I'm glad to see that you decided to join our motely crew of quilter/crafters! The more the merrier and next year promises to bring even greater fun and frivolity!
Your pillows are fantastic and I really like the eyelashes ;)

JanesQuilting said...

You did a great job with your embroider work. Don't be so hard on yourself. The little pillow is so cute, I like the glitter eyelash that you put around the edge. Thank you for sharing with us all.

Just Carol said...

I'm glad when someone posts their mistakes so that I can learn from them, only it was hard to see anything wrong with your pillow. It turned out lovely and your little pillow is so cute, too! Thanks for sharing and I hope you hop with us again! :O)

Stitches said...

I think you did a great job on your pillows, learning experiences are always good!!! Thanks for the give away and yes, I"m a quilter....I've got to get into one of these blog hops one day, it looks like a lot of fun!!

Bonnie58 said...

Beautiful pillow. Happy Birthday, thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on your wonderful draw
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Mary said...

Your pillows turned out adorable. Thank you for sharing.

Britt-Inger said...

Your pillows are so lovely. Thanks for sharing

Melinda said...

I love the pillows! Beautiful colors! I think you have a very bright future in quilting and applique!

Agnes Bullock said...

Squeeee!! Love the colors-

Agnes Bullock said...

And I already am a follower!

Abbigail said...

I really like the smaller pillow. Good job on both of them.
hulseybg at gmail dot com

Anna said...

Love your pillows and your birthday happened together...maybe it is sign to relax and enjoy the day! I have been a quilter/crafter for a while...but not always successfully but always with strong desire!

Cheryl T said...

Oooo... very nice! I love the set. Oh, and I've had thread do that spinning around thing before too. They have little socks you can put on your spool of thread to prevent that from happening. (I've never actually tried it, but it looks like a good idea?)

Needled Mom said...

Your pillows look so cute and worth the trouble that you had.

Linda said...

Good for you for being willing to step out there and try something new! I see from reading many of your posts that you are really good at that!
Your pillows are just beautiful! They really give your room a festive and cheerful look that will be wonderful and welcome well past the holidays. They don't have to be embellished or detailed to be beautiful!

Linda said...

I'm a new follower! I LOVE those nesting cups!

JCnNC said...

...and you can bet that your pillows are just as "fantabulous" - love that word. Thanks for inspiring us all. Judy c

Martha said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Love your pillow and your blog :-) I'm a new follower, quilter, holiday lane pillow maker!!!! Have a lovely day-Martha

Barbara said...

Happy birthday! And great job, BTW!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Happy Birthday!
Love your pillows. The flange on the little one is great. Thanks for sharing.
I am a follower.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win. I am a crafter/scrapbooker/ wantobe quilter.

Beth said...

I'm right there with you sister...next week! But as my grandmother always said, "It's only a number". She lived to be 102!!!!
I love your winter pillows. The colors are fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

Julie in WA said...

Oh, stop being so hard on yourself! Your pillow is great! The colors really pop and will brighten your winter days! I love the look of the smaller felt pillow, and the fluffy edging is just perfect! I am glad you shared!

Patty said...

♫ Happy Birthday♫ What a way to Share your birthday. AND you are giving away presents. How cool! I have sewed for over 50 years, but I still can't make pretty things like you gals in this hop. Yours is very pretty.

Gill said...

Happy Birthday to you!
I love both your cushions - especially the embellishments!
Thanks for sharing!

Ronda Walker said...

Happy birthday! I'm right behind you. I'm a new blogger and like you write about whatever happens to be going on in my life. I do sew, quilt and enjoy learning new techniques. This was my first blog hop and I've enjoyed seeing the work of creative people from all over the world. I've "met" many new friends like you who I'll be following. Enjoy your birthday, Ronda

Judy B said...

Happy Birthday and welcome to the world of blog hops! My toes haven't touched the water yet, buy maybe some day! Love both of your pillows. Thank you for sharing. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Judy B said...

I am now a new follower! Thank you for the great giveaway! jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net. I am a quilter/crafter.

Patty D from NC said...

Very nice pillows - thanks for sharing! The little felt one is really sweet.

Petit Design Co. said...

I love your little snowman peeking out from the tree. Where did you find those adorable measuring cups?

Lyn said...

Really love your pillows. You did such a nice job. Thanks for being part of the hop. I am a quilter. Thanks again.

Gmama Jane said...

Your pillows are wonderful...no need for a do-over. It's for YOU after all, not us!! Remember that when you make something. If you like it, who cares! I loved reading your Bucket list for 2012. I hope you succeed in finding more friends,,, true ones are very hard to find and keep. I can count on one hand the true friends I have. I have lots of acquaintanceships however. May I suggest searching out a good church for meeting some new people?
Warm Blessings'Gmama Jane
Think I'll become a new follower and keep up with your quest! Come visit me as well. BTW, Happy Birthday! It's best to be 60 since the alternative isn't so great!

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
Happy Birthday to yooooo
Happy Birthday to yooooo
Happy Birthday Happy Day of Birthatude
Happily snappily Birthday to you.

I adore both of your pillows. The big one is marvelous and I love the colors and fabrics, it looks Joyful!
The little pillow is just very colorful and perky! Felt is wonderful and you really made it shine! Superb festive colors
Thank you for sharing your creativity

MoeWest said...

Happy Birthday! Your pillow are so bright and cheery! I love the cute snowman. Thanks for the giveaway of those very cute measuring cups. I found your blog hard to read, with the dark text on a dark background. I had to highlight the text to read it.

Cherry said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to you!!! What a great pillow and fabrics... love the eyelash yarn on the smaller one! Just so cute... thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway!

Farm Quilter said...

Lov your pillows! Your choice to use purple in there was brilliant!! Thank you for the opportunity to win those adorable nesting cups! So cute :) I'm an addicted quilter too! God bless you for the job you do. I know what a blessing hospice is and how much comfort it brings to the survivors, but it must be difficult on your heart. Thank you.

SIMPLESEW said...

Great job! Beautiful work with the stitching. Thanks for sharing. I love quilting and your double idea..

SIMPLESEW said...

I am a follower.. Thats what this great group is about, following, supporting and inspiring..

pinsandneedles said...

You did a great job on your pillows! You should be proud. Even though it is hard not comparing ourselves, you really shouldn't compare yourself to us quilters. Some of us have many years of experience and you probably don't want to see our first projects. Keep sewing/quilting and learning from each project and before you know it you will be an experienced quilter. Thanks for sharing.

Emily C said...

Love the pillow, great design.

Kathy H said...

Love your pillows and the eyelash yarn was a great addition.

Kathy H said...

I am a new follower.

LJ said...

You are selling yourself short when you talk about your pillow. It turned out very well and most of us wouldn't be able to see those puckers if you hadn't told us. I always think I should have done something a bit different with every project. To finish and have a "Smile" is a real blessing. Enjoy your lovely pillow all winter.

Carrie P. said...

Well, Happy Birthday!
I think both your pillows look great sitting there on your couch. And look at your eyelash trim. Perfect!
Thanks for sharing.

Carrie P. said...

I am a follower. thanks for a chance to win those cute measuring cups.

Janarama said...

Your pillows are very pretty and colorful.

I both quilt and sew other crafty items.

Janarama said...

I'm a new follower. Thank you for sharing your pillows and for the giveaway.

Karen O said...

You are WAY too hard on yourself. I love your pillows. The little one is so cute.

Karen O said...

I am now a follower.

BizyStitches said...

Happy Birthday (late), you did a fine job on your pillow, I thought the colors you used were very cheerful. I like to quilt but I like to make smaller things like lap quilts or wall hangings. Thanks for the fun post.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Bappy Birthday! or I should say Happy Belated Birthday since it's now after midnight, hehe. Your pillows turned out lovely. How clever to think of icicles! I'm making a mental note to self. I give you big "High 5" for trying something new and blogging. You did a super job and appreciate you being part of the hop.

Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win those cutest measuring cups! Where did you find those? I'm a quilter and I'm keeping my fingers crossed, hehe.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I'm a new follower.

Thanks again for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Martha said...

Your pillow is so cute. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Pauline said...

Your pillows look great! Happy Ysterday Birthday to you!

Kate said...

I like what you created and love that punch of colour. I like to craft, quilt, and sew - perhaps like it too much, lol.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Belated Happy Birthday!
Love this pillow. I wish I was as creative as you are.
Hope your having a wonderful weekend
Love
Maggie

qiviut-queen said...

Hello, You have a lovely blog !
can you please contact us....you won the shetland sock yarn from the November competition. email me at cottagecraftangora@hotmail.com
Thanks & happy crafting !

Quilt n Queen said...

Good morning Gail, I am so thrilled that you stepped outside your comfort zone. Your 'winter' Holiday Lane pillows are darling. They are bright and cheery...just perfect for your long winters. I just love the snowman peeking around the tree. I hope you join in more blog hops, I was thrilled to see your finished pillows. Great job Gail, thank you for sharing your time and inspiration with us. Happy stitching, Pauline

Quilt n Queen said...

Happy belated birthday, Gail!! Wishing you a healthy, happy and fun year...Pauline

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing...