Here's a finish that's been waiting to happen for over a year! It was supposed to be a quick project to pull together before Christmas 2012 and have ready for gift giving.
HA! I always have great ideas at the last minute and those are the ones that typically turn into UFOs (unfinished objects).
The pattern is "Holiday Lane Pillow" . Of course when I saw it and thought it was so cute and would be so quick I wasn't planning on making more than one. Then I pieced together the first one. It really was so fast I thought well, all the fabrics are here and I'm moving right along, why not make 3 more! Aren't they just adorable? The trees, windows, and snow on the roofs are all fusible applique.
I experimented with the white fabrics a bit. I tried a brushed flannel but it was kind of stretchy so I didn't use it. Then I tried a "craft" fabric that's fuzzy on one side and smooth on the other. The feel of it was great and it looked just like real snow. The problem was as soon I started pressing the pieces down it lost it's fuzz and didn't look that great any more. That's actually the one I finished into the pillow above.
I finally settled on a white that has a bit of a shine to it. Kind of looks like snow that has melted and refrozen. It's really pretty!
Once all the panels were made I wanted to include some embroidery to perk it up a bit. This meant more time was need and they wouldn't be ready for Christmas so I put the whole project aside until spring last year.
When I picked the project up again I figured it was early enough in the year and I'd have them all done by Christmas (2013). I embroidered the first one and really liked it. Here's a close up.
In the meantime, I was working a quilt for my sister-in-law (more on that later). So again the village pillows got put aside.
The next time I picked it up was to have something to take to my monthly quilt group. By now I had forgotten which stitch I used to outline the door and window so I had to look it up.
I found this great website with a whole library of hand embroidery tutorials. If you're interested in adding some new stitches to your embroidery you should check out Needle'n'Thread by Mary Corbet. Be prepared to be inspired! I think I've watched almost every one of her videos multiple times and it has sparked a new interest for me in embroidery. Oh great, another whole world of UFOs!!!
I finally completed all the embroidery over the weekend and finished the first one as a pillow. I didn't actually quilt it so technically it's not a "quilt" project but it's done. Now, I really like the pillow but honestly, the thrill is gone and I don't want to make any more pillow covers. At this point I'm torn between making them into individual table runners or just sewing them all together as a small quilt. This much I do know, the unfinished ones are heading back into the UFO pile. Or maybe I can just call these WIPs (Works In Process)!
Do you have projects like this that keep coming back begging to be finished?