Mentor Pillows

Does anyone else have project images in their heads begging to be made?  I am plagued with many.  Sometimes the translation into tactile pieces hits the mark and sometimes . . . not so much.  These pillows to be honest are better in person then in my brain – a heartfelt success.  Not too long ago I ordered some hand dyed fabric from Malka Dubrawsky of Stichindye and wanted to use them for pillows.  If you’ve never checked out Malka’s patterns and work, you need to – so inspiring.

A Stitch in Dye.

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I also have been pouring through Carolyn Friedlander’s new book, Savor Each Stitch as well as her other patterns.

carolyn friedlander | fresh, modern quilt patterns.

I was hoping to translate her Circle Lattice pattern into a pillow but couldn’t make it work dimension-wise so I made up my own pattern.  Using Marcus Fabric Organic Cotton Canvas combined with Malka’s hand dyed lovelies and following Carolyn’s techniques, I needle turn appliquéd the designs on.

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On Instagram I’ve been inspired and loving the work of Chawne of CauchyComplete.

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I have especially been drawn to her hand quilting,  Using some thicker Aurifil thread, in a much more simple fashion then Chawne, I hand quilted to finish the fronts.

These pillows begged to be called Mentor Pillows because they are inspired by artists (in my mind mentors) whose work I admire: Malka, Carolyn and Chawne.

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The next idea waiting to come to life in fabric is a quilt design based on a wooden table I have been lusting over.  This project shoud be fun!

Happy weekend everyone.

Hillary

2 thoughts on “Mentor Pillows

  1. What a great tribute to your mentors! It is great when a project exceeds expectation. These are lovely, I love the fabric and solid/print combinations. Thanks for adding new projects to my list of things to be made 😉

  2. I also have a mountain of project images in my head waiting for time to make them.
    These have turned out beautifully.
    A hoop to appliqué? I have never seen that done before. I love how there are so many ways to do the same thing – you can try each until you find one that suits you.

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