Monday, March 11, 2013

A Quilted Improv Chevron Pillow : :

Improv Chevron Quilted Block

It's been a while since I shared a new pillow here! This one is made up of an Improv Chevron block, a tutorial by Six White Horse's, in a favorite color combo of mine -- yellow, aqua, grey, navy, teal, white, and a little brown. It's for our Living Room, which I've been trying so hard to keep within this color scheme!

Quilted Improv Chevron Pillow

This quilt block pattern is such a favorite of mine! I made a couple several months ago for a charity bee quilt, and right away made a third, they are so much fun! And, I'm definitely not done with this block pattern yet. A quilt in this style, and even in this same color palette, would be so perfect for one of my sisters!

Improv Chevron Block

The back is finished in an Essex Yarn Dyed RK linen in Leather and some pretty Aurifil thread in Light Blue. The perfect combo to keep the earthy feel I'm trying to maintain in this room, which is for my husband mostly since that's his style all the way!

Heirloom Stitch in Aurifil Light Blue

While finishing the envelope style back, I had some fun trying out a new stitch on my Janome Horizon, one of it's many Heirloom stitch options. It's a simple diamond pattern with a heavy double stitch. I love the way it looks and I can't way to try out more on a second pillow. Next, I think I might try to make some sort of embroidered sampler pillow, in the same thread colors as this pillow, full of the Heirloom stitches.

Heirloom Stitch. Light Blue Aurifil. Essex Yarn Dyed in Leather.

I'm really loving it next to my favorite Anthropologie lampshade, and I'm so glad it's finally finished!!

Improv Chevron Pillow

Happy Monday!   Maureen

42 comments:

  1. I love this pillow!!!! You make the cutest stuff. I love your fabric combinations, super super cute!!!

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  2. I loved both the shade and the pillow. The colors are very "happy". You have a great eye for color. Thanks for sharing, especially this group on a gloomy Monday.

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    1. Thank, Christina! I love the way these colors can brighten up a space, too. I took my photos early on Saturday when it was so sunny and beautiful outside! It's pretty gloomy here in Pa today, as well, but I'm still loving all the signs I see that Spring is on it's way!!

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  3. Looks beautiful! The stitch is very lovely. Lampshade and pillow is a match made in heaven!!!

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  4. I love the look of chevron. Very pretty pillow!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! It's such a great design and of course, I love the addition of improvisation to any project!

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  5. So pretty :) Isn't it fun adding little punches of color to a room and slowly finishing it off? Although I guess in my mind a room is never really finished.... ;D

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  6. Beautiful! I love that diamond stitch too, and what a great idea to do a stitch sampler pillow! I'll have to think about that one too... :)

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    1. I know it! I'm going to have to start collecting thread colors to prepare! For the blue stitching today I used an Aurifil 50wt and I think it works just fine, without having to change anything on my machine to accommodate a larger thread width. I'm adding a Stitch Sampler pillow to my "to-make list"!

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  7. Another wonderfully inspiring post. LOVE that stitch on your machine, and your cushion cover is off the charts awesome!!

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    1. Thank you, Rene!! I'm lucky to have such a great machine, especially one that has so many stitches. I feel like there is so much still to try and discover with it!

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  8. I love this pillow and lamp that has the matching colors. I especially like how you did the stitching on the back to close it up.

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  9. I love this pillow and lamp that has the matching colors. I especially like how you did the stitching on the back to close it up.

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    1. Thank you! I've had this lampshade for a few years now and I love it more and more. The colors are so great, it's just hard for me to edit since I love ALL colors equally as much!!

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  10. Love that pillow! Reminds me that I need to change ours- they're still Valentine's colors.

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  11. What a beautiful pillow. I really like the idea of a stitch sampler pillow. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
    AmandaK@whatthebobbin

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  12. I love love love love love the pillow and lamp shade.....Absolutely stunning

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  13. That is so pretty! Love it with the lampshade :)

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  14. Your pillow is awesome but now you have inspired me to do something with my lampshade!!!!!

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  15. Beautiful pillow - love the colours and design , and it goes to well with your groovy lampshade too!

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  16. That's very nice and I love how it matches your lampshade! I made a sample of all the decorative stitches on my machine for reference and have thought several times about making a pillow with the stitches.

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  18. Very cute pillow! I need to try that improv chevron block: I like how it looks! And I spotted something of yours here:http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2013/03/introducing-hello-foxy-boutique-borders-birthday-rosie-posie-step-2.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FSWJb+%28{capture+the+moment}%29
    It's from Nichole Heady's blog, of Papertrey Ink, and I was so glad to see your pillows showcased: I'm hoping that it brings you more business!! got to keep you home with your kiddo's! Have a great day! Hugs from Helen in Healdsburg

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  19. OOOOOOOOOOO pretty !!You are one talented lady !

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  20. This looks great, and I love the finishing stitches, I never think to use the million and one extra ones my machine has!

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  21. Wow, I love the pattern and especially the colors!

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  22. I have ordered curtains and am working on the blank frame idea from Simply Modern Mom. I found frames at Goodwill this past weekend and I just need to find me some white ribbon. I love a fun project! Thanks for the reminder to keep going~

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  23. It's still one of my favorites, too! The new pillow rocks, and looks so lovely in your living room!

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