Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Handmade Traditions : :

Last week I asked my baby sister to list her favorite colors, I wanted specifics, down to her favorite shade of each. For the last several years I've made her something for her birthday, a tradition I'm happy to continue! Searching my stash for her colors -- Mustard yellow, deep turquoise, light gray, pale greens, and Earthy browns, had me reaching for April Rhodes' fabric once again.

Pillow Fabrics

I settled on making a pillow, a mini version of a quilt pattern I plan to share soon. The patchwork design and fabrics paired up perfectly! I loved it so much that if I had the time, I would have loved to make a quilt.

Birthday Pillow Front

Birthday Pillow for Biz!

While I sewed, my husband and kids were at the nearby river. When I joined them with my finished pillow and camera I was amazed to see what they had created together! Ending the Summer with a river rock sculpture is a tradition my husband started a few years ago. It was beautiful to see Haila decorating their project with wildflowers, something I had done in previous years.

Summer's End Rock Sculpture

Haila Decorating this year's Rock Sculpture

I took photos of my finished Birthday pillow, sitting just above the moving water!

On the River

Birthday Pillow Back

My sister loved her pillow. It truly is a blessing to have so many to make for. Continuing these creative family traditions is a beautiful thing!

♡ Maureen

26 comments:

  1. Love your fabrics, and the pillow is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Beautiful post and pictures!

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  3. The pillow is beautiful as is the rock sculpture. What wonderful traditions, sewing something for your sister and making the sculpture.

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  4. Love your pictures! It's a lovely pillow! Can you share when your quilt pattern is ready? I think you really picked her colors perfectly!

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  5. Awesome!! We might have to take a walk down to see it. I'm sure Biz will love the pillow...amazing.

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  6. Beautiful fabric, beautiful pillow so want that block pattern lol

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  7. I love the color combination, they are perfect together and work beautifully with your quilting pattern. It is easy to understand why your sister would be thrilled with having such a lovely pillow and such a lovely sister as you. :)

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  8. LOVE the color combo! And especially adore the backing!!! And as always the photos are simply stunning :)

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  9. Heartwarming post with beautiful pics!
    Yes, what a lovely quilt those blocks would make:)

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  10. It's just beautiful! Hand made is the best kind of gift ; )

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  11. The pillow for your sister is great, and making rock sculptures together, sounds like a lovely tradition!

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  12. Maureen, I loved reading your post. It was relaxing and filled with beauty. I especially loved the photo of your pillow floating on the water....really brilliant idea. Also, the rock sculpture is another fantastic idea for a family tradition that involves everyone and enhances so many skills. The fabrics you chose for your pillow are spectacular. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful creative day!

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  13. Loving this pillow. Can you explain how you did the back? Is it an envelope closure or a zipper?

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  14. I love the pillow! I have to say though, the sculpture, while pretty, is harmful to the river. It disrupts the flow of water, damages the bed and destroys habitats.

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