Friday, December 9, 2011

The Pillow Talk Swap | Round 6

I haven't had much time to participate in online swaps lately, but when the sign-ups for the Pillow Talk Swap Round 6 opened up, I couldn't resist. This is one of my favorite swaps, not only because of the vast talent and creativity of its 100 swappers, but because I think that pillows are fun (and relatively fast) projects that allow me to play with fabrics, design, color, and shape.

PTS | Fabrics selected!

My secret swap partner for this round was Jill, who listed Hope Valley as one of her favorite fabric lines, and who specifically requested "no white fabric" as she has young sons and is sure the pillow will be "well loved". Any parent of young children knows what that means!

I pulled the above selection of Hope Valley from my stash and paired it with one of my favorite solids, Moda Cross Weave in a charcoal grey.

Pillow Talk Swap Pillow - Finished!

I decided to make a rectangular pillow -- as I have in past rounds of the swap -- because, well, I just love rectangular pillows. I made up the pattern as I went along, but it was heavily influenced by the general look of Denyse Schmidt's Stacking the Odds quilt pattern. (Bought that pattern, by the way. I really want to make that quilt!)

Pillow Talk Pillow Back

I backed it with an envelope closure in a favorite Anna Maria Horner print, which isn't an exact match to the fabrics on the front, but I like the way it coordinates and it's a bit unexpected (which is something I like when backing anything!)

Pillow Talk Swap Pillow - Finished!

I sent the pillow form along with the cover, since it was a bit of an unusual shape and I didn't want Jill to have to hunt for an insert. I purposely removed about 1/2 of the filling because I like my pillows to be soft and mushy instead of really fat & firm. I was really happy with how this pillow turned out, and even happier to know that it's already being well loved in Jill's home! (See evidence here : )

When it came time to receive the pillow made for me by my secret partner, I was absolutely THRILLED to see that the box was from a return address in Portland. You see, I was (not so) secretly coveting a pillow that had popped up in the Flickr group that had a back just as amazing as its front. And it was screaming my style, so I really really hoped it was coming to live with me.

My PTS Pillow

And it did!

The pillow was made by the amazing Caroline of Trillium Design (who, funny enough, was who I sent these pillows to in round 4 of the swap!) The raindrop pattern on the front of the pillow is simple yet unique, with negative spaced used so elegantly for a modern effect. I immediately spied some of my favorite prints in there from Cloud 9 Fabrics, AMH, Heather Ross, and (eeep!) some foxes from Monaluna's Anika line.

The Back Flap of my PTS Pillow

Speaking of foxes, remember I mentioned the back? Well, Caroline included a little surprise on the back of the pillow in the form of a fox, made from Sonja's Woodland paper-piecing pattern. Isn't it just the best?

My PTS Pillow

So, once again, I consider myself the luckiest guy in the whole swap. Round after round, my partners always seem to nail it and send me something that's a perfect fit in my home -- which is exactly why I keep signing up for this great swap!

14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful pillow, I love the rectangular shape as well. And the fox on the back of yours is just the sweetest. Thanks for a great post!

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  2. WOW What wonderful pillows. You sure have a plethera of pillows here... Great job...

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  3. The one you mad and received were 2 of my favorites in this swap! My partner was awesome and made the perfect pillow for me and I am absolutely hooked on this swap! Love what I get, love experimenting, and I love getting inspiration from all the other awesome crafters like you :)

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  4. Wowie! Those are GREAT! I love the secret fox, you totally lucked out partnerwise, and so did your partner!

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  5. Those are both great pillows! There is a family of foxes that lives in a big field by my house, so my kids are fox crazy. I have to buy that fox pattern now and make a cute pillow for them!

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  6. Two lovely pillows.... I love your posts on the pillow swaps, always inspiring to see.

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  7. I love the pillow you made, great fabrics and a great shape. The fox on the pillow you received really makes the pillow. You are indeed lucky.

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  8. That's a win-win pillow party for sure!

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  9. Both are winners, no doubt about it! I llike the shape of the pillow you made, and I love the Woodcut backing with the Hope Valley. Fabulous!

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  10. Really good choice of colors and patterns, but the pillows also have a nice sense of texture as well...great job.

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  11. Jill brought her pillow to the Nov. meeting of the Des Moines MQG. It was fun to see it in person and realize that I follow the blog of the guy who made it.

    We also had a swap that evening and I got a pillow that Jill made - the same shape as yours! - Crazy thing is that she made it before she got yours. Great minds must think alike. :)

    I love the paper pieced fox! Great detail.

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  12. John you lucky boy! How gorgeous is that pillow and the fox is just too cute!!

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  13. Hello,
    great pillows!
    But I'm also intrigued by the quilt in the background, draped over the sofa! Can't seem to find it elsewhere on your blog. Could you give us some info on it? Thank you.
    Beatrice (from France - Europe)

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  14. Hi,
    found it (in your Flickr pool).
    Sanctuary in Issue 2 of Fat Quarterly
    Keep up the good work!
    Beatrice.

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