Friday, March 25, 2011
Blogger's Pillow Party
I finished my pillow! My first communal blog craft! I started this pillow on Wednesday, and it was born out of the desire to enter a pillow in the blogger's pillow party, (a deadline is my best motivator) and also of the fact that my 2 children were napping simultaneously! I wanted to do a patchwork pillow for our living room, and always had something else to do instead, but not that day! Not knowing how much time I would have, I feverishly cut and sewed, with insanely uneven pieces of fabric and no pressing - not even finger pressing, just go go go!!! My husband was away for work, and accomplishing some crafting feels glorious! I think I could benefit from less speed and more planning, but that's next time - when he's home to wrangle the kids and I'm sewing.
So as you can see, I love colour, and curvy shapes. I am trying to break free of my natural tendency for symmetry. There is a lot to be said for symmetry, but while building block towers with my daughter, I noticed I only built symmetrical buildings, while she was more random. I loved the randomness of her buildings, but had a hard time doing it myself. Hence the different sizes and shapes of the white patches on my pillow - I'm trying. And new techniques used? After piecing a weird shape, I thought about what to do with it, and decided to put it on an angle, but that would make a small pillow, so I pieced additional patches here and there until it was big enough. And I don't think I've sewn curves before. I'll definitely do it again! I love curves! I wish I could say this is my best work - I was always taught to do my best work, always, but the goal was to make a colourful wonky patchwork pillow in a short period of time. I feel I could have made something more appealing had I spent more time making it, but then I would have had to spend more time making it! Instead, I will always look at this pillow and think of my kids, and that is better than a perfect pillow!