04 Jan Are the holidays over?
I know most of you (and me) are ready to leave the holidays behind us and move on to 2011. As usual, I’m a little behind. I finished the third pillow in my holiday pillow series and have to let you see it before I put this project aside and move on.
For the quilting on this one, I sort of echoed the trees in the top part of the pillow. I drew a few basic echoing (is this a word?) lines and then filled in quilting about every half inch from the original lines. Below the trees, on the ground, I did horizontal lines about every half inch. This pillow is more densely quilted than the other two, but I like the variety. You can see the quilting better in the bottom photo.
I used the same fabric for all the trees in this pillow – I actually cut them out as two individual shapes. In order to give the individual trees a little more definition, I used a silver rayon thread to applique them and continued the satin stitching between the trees. I don’t often use rayon thread, but this came out quite nicely. The only disadvantage was in trying to bury the threads on the back. I use a self-threading needle to bury my ends, which works well with a cotton thread, but the rayon thread broke going into the needle more often than not.
Here is a last shot of the three pillows together and I promise I am on to other things 🙂