Thursday, February 17, 2011

Purple Stitch Pillow : :

purple pillow
This project is the result of a little experimenting with reverse applique that I started over this past weekend. To my surprise and delight, I was asked to put together a project for the July issue of an online sewing magazine, using an alternative fabric to the typical quilting cotton. I knew I was going to use felt and right away I started scribbling down ideas. I have been interested in the process of reverse applique ever since I read this blog post and saw the work of  Natalie Chanin. Without doing any research I decided to just give it a go -- I immediately loved the outcome!
reverse applique
For the front I used a beautiful quality wool blend felt in this smoky purple shade and one of my favorite prints from Kate Spain's Central Park collection for the fabric layer. The back is a cotton I have had for quite some time. I am not sure where it came from, all two yards of it, but it sure is sweet, isn't it?
a sweet little print
I am going to enter it into this months Blogger Pillow Party, as well as The Great SMS Pillow Contest. My husband has declared this pillow his favorite one yet -- so I already feel like I won something! It is for an old friend whom is expecting in June and has painted the walls of the nursery purple. I hope she likes it, too!

Happy Creating! ~ Maureen

22 comments:

Grace said...

Wow! It's gorgeous! You did a fabulous job! :)

thestoryofkat said...

wow, that is so neat to be asked to do something for the online mag! look at you go :)

also, i have some of that same fabric you used on the back. i love this backwards applique technique too...beautiful!

Sew Sane Jane said...

I like the reverse applique! I thought about doing something like this before (the reverse applique) but wasn't sure how curves would go if I used cotton as the top fabric. Felt - duh. How cute! I love the color combos too.

Bumpkin Bears said...

That is simply beautiful, LOVE it! Catherine x

Rachel Hauser said...

Oh, she'll love it! What a great idea to do the reverse applique with felt. This opens up new worlds for me. I've loved reverse applique, but not enjoyed working with jersey. Thanks, Maureen!!!

Steffi said...

Very beautiful pillow!Great work!

Christie Cottage said...

Cool pillow!

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affectioknit said...

Pretty!

lisaroyhandbags said...

wow - that looks beautiful! and what a lucky friend receiving it! :)

Meeling said...

Beautiful Maureen!
It's a great technique!!

Karen Robbins said...

I love it Maureen! What a talent you have!

JuneBug said...

Beautiful! I love it. Central park is one of my faves, and I love the combination of colors and textures. I will definitely be using this reverse applique technique in the near future!

Amanda said...

This is so gorgeous!!! I love how the pattern fabric really pops! Awesome technique :)

My Life Under the Bus said...

I love it - purple is just exploding from everywhere!!!

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams said...

Stunning!!!!! Really really stunning :)

Wendy said...

Beautiful. The design is gorgeous and the technique is really effective

Chris said...

Your pillow turned out beautifully. I love the reverse applique and the hand stitching.

Jenniffier said...
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Jenniffier said...

That is just adorable. I saw it on flickr and had to come on over and tell u how great it is! (sorry couldn't spell the first time)

Pink Stitches said...

I am in love with this pillow! I spotted it on Pinterest yesterday and had to feature it on my blog today :) Feel free to grab a button!

Emmy Johnson said...

I think this is so amazing and gorgeous.

Jen said...

That is a gorgeous pillow!