On Wednesday I shared the first two pillow tops that I completed over the last week for our living room, using Sweetwater Reunion. These have been so much fun to make. They're small, so pretty quick, and I've been trying to pick out block designs that I don't normally do. Well, call me over-eager, but #3 and #4 are finished now too:
This one was completely and totally inspired by Jenelle's Hello Spring! Cushion. I did not totally follow her pattern, for one thing my pillow is going to be a different finished size than hers, but I just looooved the opposing columns of flying geese and thought it might work pretty well with the Reunion fabrics. This was the first time I have used the "no waste" method of making flying geese, and thanks to Jenelle's directions and photos it was all very clear and they came together easily.
This is my first ever dresden plate, and while a little bit finicky it was not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be! I have Krista's (poppyprint) new Dresden Plate Pillow pattern, and was so eager to give it a try that I couldn't wait to buy a special ruler! I found this tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman which included a printable template, and just went for it. The finished size of the plate, and the finished dimensions of my pillow form do not allow for the flying geese borders in Krista's pattern, but I will definitely re-visit that idea in the future.
Now for my ponderings.....do you ever get bored with your projects? The above blocks were a lot of fun to make and I tried some new things, and I really liked it! Not that any of them were particularly difficult but sometimes I wonder if I don't challenge my skills enough in my projects. Generally I love how my projects turn out in the end, but I certainly do not always love the process. I'm starting to wonder if I just need to challenge myself a bit more. Now, that said, I do love the whole modern quilting thing and know that the idea of modern quilting to some extent is simplicity....I'm thinking there must be a balance here somewhere. Modern/simple/challenging - is it possible???
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