Monday, April 25, 2016

A Dragonfly Stitched Pillow : :

In addition to the Aurifil Stitched Owl pillow I made for next month's Quilt Market show where I'll present my newest fabric collection, Nightfall, I stitched up a second pillow, this time to illustrate my Nox Iridescence dragonfly print!

Dragonfly Pillow for Quilt Market

Just as I created the owl, I used my new Bohemian Garden Aurifil Thread set, choosing colors similar to those in the Moonset colorway of my dragonflies print, Nox Iridescence in Dim.

Bohemian Garden Aurifil Thread Collection

Nox Iridescence in Dim

Dragonfly Stitching

I actually sewed this pillow top together a few weeks back, before I had even received my strike offs. I used my Quick Quilt As You Go Craftsy class technique to make the pillow top, using a combination of Pure Element solids in Cabernet, Patina Green, and Nocturnal, Solid Smooth Denims in Frosted Sage and Infused Hydrangea, & Soft Sand Linen. For a little extra decoration I added some of the beautiful lace trims I had leftover from my Fall Quilt Market sample making and I top-stitched a few twists of recycled sari silk I had purchased years ago from Anthropologie that have been laying around the sewing room. I love the soft & tattered tassel look!

With Twisted Silk

My plan was to use it to feature my Moon Stories ~ bunny & moon main print in some way, but last week when I decided to "sketch stitch" my Nightfall dragonfly, there my pillow top was hanging & waiting, looking too perfect not to use!

Aurifil Stitched Dragonfly

I started by stitching out a large version of the basic dragonfly sketch I created for my Nox Iridecence print, using a dark navy 50wt Aurifil. Once the dragonfly outline was all stitched out, I simple added in layers of additional stitching, changing thread colors and playing with a combination of straight, satin, and decorative machine stitches. It's a lot of fun, just like coloring with Aurifil thread & my Janome sewing machine!

To finish my pillow I used more AGF denim ~ Soft Smooth Wicked Sky for the binding and a large striping of Solid Textured heavy weight in Scarlet Brick & Evergreen Slate for an extra sturdy pillow back!

Backed in AGF Denim

This 14" x 28" pillow size has become my absolute favorite! There's an ever-growing stack in my sewing room that I hope to offer in a pillow & quilt sale sometime soon!

Dragonfly Stitched Pillow

Hoping to be back with a new photographed quilt to share soon! Unit then... ♡ Maureen


  1. I am enthralled with every little detail of this beautiful work of art!

  2. My new MCH favorite!

  3. What a creative artist you are! Another beautifully designed pillow that anyone would relish owning!

  4. That is a beautiful pillow and I love the use of different textiles.
    I just got some dragonfly batik to use in a project, now i need to get the thinking cap on.


  5. Simply FANTASTIC!!!!

    I would LOVE for you to write a post on how you discovered machine sketching and how you started to learn that process sometime :)

  6. Absolutely stunning! You are such an inspiration! Thank you for listing your fabric choices so I can use these amazing colors in my home makeover! Must go shoppingNOW!

  7. Gorgeous pillow, wonderful stitching/threadplay. Total #CreativeGoodness.


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