Thursday, December 28, 2017

Sunrise and Twilight


A couple of weeks ago I bought a small charm pack of Kaffe Fassett shot cottons. They were so beautiful I wanted to make something right away that I could enjoy. Time for a little selfish sewing! A quick back of the envelope calculation showed that there would be just about enough fabric to make the fronts of two pillow covers.


So I stitched them together into quarter square triangles in the same rainbow order they came in the pack. And when this groovy Brother Sister Design yardage showed up in my mailbox later, I knew it would be perfect for the borders and envelope-style backs.


The cooler colors remind me of the sky in the late evening, so this pillow is Twilight. I quilted it with my walking foot in straight lines about an eighth of an inch on either side of the diagonal seams.


The warmer colors look like a rosy dawn to me, so this pillow is Sunrise. It is also quilted by walking foot, using an easy, liberated orange peel design. All told, the quilting on both pillows took less than an hour, and the piecing maybe an hour and a half. Fast and fun!


We anchored last night in the Caloosahatchee River, near the town of La Belle, FL. We dropped our dinghy and went ashore for dinner. When we returned, lights from onshore made our boat ride on her reflection in the dark, calm water. I love my floating home and am tickled pink to have new pillows for the couch!

21 comments:

Kat said...

Whoa, beautiful!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Great pillows - gorgeous image of your home on the water!

Lynn said...

Just lovely and so satisfying to finish something that will make you smile each time you see them.

Anonymous said...

what lovely cushion covers. I have a pack of Japanese charms and have no ideas for them but I can see me doing some covers. thank you for the idea.

Debbie said...

Good pair of finishes. Love the variation and the names.

KaHolly said...

Very pretty pillows, not to mention, inspirational! All from a charm pack! They’ll brighten up your cabin for certain. Your boat looks very pretty! Living by the water, it’s always those calm mornings and perfect reflections that stop me dead in my tracks! Happy New Year! Stay safe!

piecefulwendy said...

Love the pillows, Louise! They are a perfect little finish, just for you. They will brighten any spot on your lovely boat. Very cool pic of your boat in the evening light. Happy New Year!

Kate said...

Perfect names for a wonderful set of pillows!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Great, fun, colorful pillows!!! Love your floating home foto!

Vicki in MN said...

Beautiful pillows, they will be perfect for the tropical paradise you are heading for!

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Love shot cottons, and your new pillows are lovely. I do like the pic, so peaceful.

Kate said...

Beautiful pillows with very appropriate names. I found out the hard way that I get seasick, but your floating home looks very inviting floating there in the dark. Happy stitching this weekend.

Lisa J. said...

It's such a nice home to go home to especially with those new and beautiful pillows.

Needled Mom said...

I LOVE those pillows! Those colors are yummy. The boat reflection looks so pretty too.

Heide said...

What fun and easy pillows. They look great on the boat.

Sandy said...

The pillows are so fun! And the fabric on the back is pretty groovy, alright. Happy New Year!

Mystic Quilter said...

Oh I do love these Louise, they glow!!! I have his shot cottons and they are wonderful to work with but need careful handling I find.

Lynette said...

Louise, you sew so much for others, that you can't get selfish making yourself these pillows. :) They're gorgeous, too! Really perfect fabric pairing for the back and borders, and what a lovely photo capture of the boat on her reflection.

JanineMarie said...

Beautiful pillows for life on a boat, where I imagine you get to see a lot of sunrises and twilights on the water. The picture of your boat and its reflection is priceless.

Janice Holton said...

Hey! How did I miss this post? I love these pillows! Gorgeous fabrics! I have several questions for you. First what does it mean when you describe something as a "shot cotton" and second, do you have a tutorial you could point me to for making envelope pillows? I was going to try doing a zipper but decided an envelope would be easier. Hope you can advise!

Sandra Walker said...

Ahh! Saw the boat pic on IG, somehow missed the pillows...oh such love for these! Perfect backing, like how? Serendipity strikes. I see you have a DREAMi already for January, no?!