Friday, October 24, 2014

String Pillow - Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am submitting my recently finished Scrappy String Pillow for this fall's Blogger's Quilt Festival in the Mini Quilt category.

I have several throw pillows that are old and worn, and that I've intended to replace for a year or two.  I made the first replacement this summer.  I had collected several neat patterns I wanted to try (I know at least one of them came from prior Blogger's Quilt Festival entries).  This pillow was a chance to try two of them.

The first side is a string web pattern.  I had a lot of blue scrap to burn through - so that is the primary color for this quilt.  I recently bought a new freemotion foot for my sewing machine, and have taken the plunge for freemotion quilting.  I just stipple quilted the white, but am so pleased with how it turned out.

The other side of the quilt is pieced from double diagonal string blocks.  It's reminiscent of my String Theory quilt that was auctioned off at a fund raiser this summer.  I get to keep this one!  It's my own little bit of String Theory.

I tried several freemotion designs: shadowed lines, pebbles, a loopy zig-zag, stippling and waves.  The quilting on this side isn't as noticeable as the web side, but that's okay.  Gave me the chance to practice without worrying about seeing all the mistakes.

There are clearer photos of the quilting here and here.

Blogger's Quilt Festival Stats
Quilt Measurement:  16" x 16"
Technique:  machine pieced and quilted
Category:  Mini Quilt

Be sure to check out all of the amazing quilts submitted for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!



  1. Lovely string pillow! Is a true beauty! Good luck in the Blogger Quilt festival!

  2. Ok, you had me at strings! But then you add that it's a BQF entry inspired by a previous BQF entry, you used up scraps, have a reminder of a donation quilt AND you get something pretty for your home?!? A quilt project doesn't get better than that!

  3. Your double-sided quilt is fantastic. Perfect toss pillow - it doesn't matter how it lands!

  4. Both sides are beautiful!


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