Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Quilted Stripes Christmas Pillow : :

Is it too early for this? You can tell me the truth, really. I just hope you say, "No! Bring it on!"
I mentioned already that I have BIG plans this year for Christmas, so I really must start now. My plan is to make at least three two Christmas themed items a week between now and the big day. My list includes lots of pillows, garland, an advent calendar idea that I've been carrying around since last year, handmade gifts galore, etc...

This is my first item -- a simple Quilted Stripes Christmas Pillow. It's just one more variation of my Quilted Stripes Pillow Tutorial. I just changed the size of the stripes, but quilted, hand-stitched, and assembled it exactly the same. You can find that tutorial right here.

Christmas Pillow #1

This pillow is made out of a recent stashing of Christmas Fabrics from Skye Reve, along with
red scraps left over from my costume making, as well a piece of scrap batting left over from my Bottled Rainbow quilt blocks.

Christmas Fabrics

The Michael Miller fabric with the strand of ornaments is my very favorite! This print also includes strands of Christmas tree lights and stockings, it's just perfect! I also love the addition of non-traditional Christmas colors like pink, aqua, and black. I've never really been just a red and green Christmas person. How about you?

Christmas Fabrics

I added some stitchy, hand-quilted lines of embroidery floss, just as I did on my original version. To break up the red and to add more of that soft, puffy, quilted goodness!

Christmas Pillow #1

It feels so good to have one project down! I'm so excited about my plans, I hope that you'll enjoy seeing them and that they may inspire some holiday projects of your own.

Christmas Pillow #1

Notice my second finished Christmas Pillow project in the photo above. I plan to share this one tomorrow!

36 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Love them both! I agree about the colours and that ornament fabric is gorgeous! Great work! :)

Angie said...

Awesome, you go, girl! :D

Meeling said...

Very festive Maureen!

And it's not too early...the Holidays are upon us already!!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Both are gorgeous! Excited about the one behind... love ricrac :-)

beaquilter said...

nope, not too early, I started a long time ago, I've made christmas portfolios, owls, and I'm about to long arm a christmas quilt I made TODAY, so... no... not too early

nest full of eggs said...

really like these Christmas pillows ~ especially the fabrics & color combos :)

**nicke... said...

VERY cute! i love them both!

Heather D. said...

Very cute. I love the hand stitching.

Debora said...

Bring it on!! For me, the flurry of Christmas projects officially starts the day after Halloween. I love both pillows, and especially how the simple touch of embroidery adds the perfect accent to the striped pillow.

Happy in red said...

Oh this is perfect. Someone just gave me a bunch of 2,5 inch fabric strips (fabulous) and I had no idea what to do with them. I f you have more ideas: DO tell me (PLEASE!)
Esther.

Mrsblocko said...

LOVE both pillows! The Ornament fabric is super cool and I love the bits of hand stitching too. Cant wait to read more about the next pillow!

Carrie P. said...

Very very cute. I like the detail of the quilting lines.

BeeSewSweet said...

I love the pillow. Love the hand stitching and the fabrics. I too am not strict about traditional Christmas colors - I have the Michael Miller fabrics too and I'm using them for Christmas QAL! Looking forward to seeing more of the second pillow.

Kd said...

No, it's not too early. Bring it on! Kd
www.KdQuilts.com

piece peace said...

After Halloween it is pre-Christmas time so I am ready to see these great projects.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Awesome!! I am so happy to hear that it is NOT too early! I had a real reality check two weeks ago when we walked into the craft store and I said, "Wow, Christmas everywhere already! It's not even Halloween and what about Thanksgiving??!!" And my very sweet, but totally annoyed husband looked at me like I was crazy and said, "Um, aren't WE all here so you can buy stuff to make Christmas garland???" Oh yes, that's right!!! LOL

VickiT said...

Nope. Sadly, it's not too early and in fact, I am already feeling stressed that it's coming so soon. I saw something somewhere earlier today that said 55 days til Christmas and felt sick. ugh. I haven't really started anything. Well, ok I started one thing two weeks ago and got as far as cutting SOME of the pieces and haven't touched it since. :(

I LOVE that pillow. Super cute fabrics too.

pasqueflower said...

Deck the halls (and the couch)!
Very cute!

Rosa said...

Love both pillow,gorgeous!!

Cynthia said...

Love the pillows Moe! Makes me want to get my Christmas tree out.

Happybee said...

it's never too early for start with Xmas gifts...LOL!!!
I love your pillow...soooo Xmas-sy!!!!!

Additionsstyle said...

I can't believe everyone is talking about Christmas already, but your pillows are great. I love the fabric!
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Meredith Daniel said...

Christmas is the BEST! I love love love this pillow, and the handstitched detail is just fantastic. Beautiful job.

Angela said...

I say "bring it on!" I love seeing Christmas craft projects! Your cushion is lovely and I love the hand stitching detail.

AnnaPK said...

It's not too early! That pillow is beautiful!!!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

It is certainly not too early for Christmas. Love the pillow... that Michael Miller ornament fabric is fabulous. Can't wait to see what other Christmas projects you have up your sleeve :)

Fay said...

Gorgeous!

Naturally Carol said...

A lovely cushion! I think you have to begin asap if you want to make all of those Christmas goodies!

planettreasures said...

You have beautiful fabris, love the bright colours and the cushion has turned out great!

Ginny said...

Love the stripes and the little bit of stitching. The colors are bright and happy! Not too early especially for making gifts!

Amy said...

love the fabric! So bright and cheery!

ElfRenee said...

It's beautiful!! And definitely not too early!

Jacey said...

It might be a little early, but your new pillow rocks! And besides, there are already Christmas trees up in shopping centers. ;) Pretty, pretty!

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Kashmir Valley said...

Wow, that's really amazing, Maureen! I never knew such beautiful things can be made at home! How long can it take to get such skills?

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you! You can find a tutorial on how to make a very similar pillow here -- http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2011/08/quilted-stripes-pillow-tutorial.html Feel free to contact me anytime if you need help or have questions!!