Thursday, November 22, 2012

Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop

Pin It I hope everyone in the States had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday; our turkey was yummy and these Christmas pillows went home with my daughter....among other quilted things she saw and loved....I'll be making another bag for my laptop now.
Holiday Lane Pillows @Freemotion by the River
A special thanks to Jill Findley from Jillily Studios - the designer of this pillow pattern, Pauline from Quilt n Queen the hostess for Holiday Lane and Madame Samm from Sew We Quilt who comes up with amazing ideas and giveaways.

Jill's pattern was so much fun to work with and I decided to make 2 small pillows instead of the large one. I did my free motion applique on my 15-91 Singer, originally I did some white swirls on the black background.....hoping to make it look like it was snowing but.....it didn't look good so I got out my handy seam ripper and took out the stitching and then restitched it with black. Thanks goodness I had only done one pillow!
ripping out stitches
 Much better!
Closeup of stitching
 I like to make pillows that can be changed out so I made pillow forms (I love using old sheets for that) and then put zippers in the back of my pillows.
Pillow back with a zipper
As the pillows were disappearing out the door my daughter sweetly hinted about new pillow covers being made for after the Holidays.......
Holiday Lane Pillows
Be sure and visit the other blogs that will be showing their pillows today!

Friday November 23
Free Motion by the River (me

83 comments:

  1. I like how you made 2 pillows! Thank you for sharing

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  2. Your pillows looks so pretty! Good work.

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  3. Love those pillows Connie...I can see why they 'followed' your daughter out of the house!!! TFS

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  4. The pillows are lovely and it must make you proud that your daughters loves them, too!

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  5. I so wish I would have made two smaller ones instead of the one huge one...yours are lovely!

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  6. Oooh they are lovely - I like the way you made two small pillows still using the one big patterns - I never thought to do that!

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  7. oh they're both gorgeous - I love that shade of green that you've used. Good idea to make 2 out of the one pattern, I hadn't thought of that :)

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  8. Lovely! Great Idea to make them smaller! Love the colours!

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  9. Your pillows are adorable! Great job!

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  10. Very nice. It works well as 2 pillows.

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  11. Connie, your pillows are gorgeous! Love the size and the superb quilting! Well done!

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  12. Your pillows are fabulous.Great job!!

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  13. Love the twin pillows. Don't you just hate it when you have to pick out quilting. Sigh! We have all been there. Thanks for the great post.

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  14. Love the twin pillows. Don't you just hate it when you have to pick out quilting. Sigh! We have all been there. Thanks for the great post.

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  15. They are very nice. Your quilting is fabulous!

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  16. Ohhh Connie it is worth repeating..all of YOU and your daughters pillows now should have been in our top 3 today...love your stitching...goodness me you are good

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  17. Two pillows that was smart, I can see why your daughter decided to own them!

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  18. What a clever idea Connie! to make TWO pillows :-) and gotta love how your daughter took them and already "placed" an order for january, guess that will be her chirstmas gifts?

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  19. Love those pillows and all your embellishments. Thanks, too, for the idea of making two smaller ones.

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  20. great idea breaking it into two pillows. I have a sister like your daughter. She comes and my quilty stuff goes. Her house looks like my quilt gallery. It is nice to know that what we do is appreciated

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  21. Great idea to make 2 instead of one large one! Beautiful job!

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  22. OMG, what a great idea. I love the idea of 2 pillows but making the back with a zipper so you can take on and off. Perfect!

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  23. awesome Connie and i dont blame your daughter for taking off with them ,they are so stunning,well done.xx

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  24. Those are just too, too cute Connie! I'd steal them too!! Another great job!

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  25. I agree that the pillows need to have a way to slip off for washing. I love the green fabric that you used too. The idea of 2 pillows is good because I'd rather have 2 smaller ones than one big one! Well done!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  26. Good morning Connie, your creativity always inspires me....and BTW your daughter has gooooood taste. You are always thinking...I love your festive pair...and the glow from the windows is so inviting. Thank you for your commitment and for sharing your time and inspiration with all of us. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  27. As usual, your work is wonderful. I am never disappointed when I hop by!

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  28. Nice change doing a pair of pillows. The white stitching looked like swirling snow.

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  29. You made your own little Christmas Pillow Village! I can see why your daughter likes everything you make.

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  30. You have a very lucky daughter! Gorgeous set of cushions.

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  31. Your pillows look great!! Love them!!

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  32. Great idea making 2 pillows! They are very cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Great pillows and one lucky daughter! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Brave woman, doing all that ripping out! I love the idea of two pillows.

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  35. These are lovely, great job....
    Happy Christmas

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  36. You did a wonderful job on your pillows. I love, love them. Like the idea of zippers in the back.

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  37. They look wonderful, Connie. There is something so charming about houses lined up like that and your fabrics look terrific.

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  38. Connie, I knew your offering would be darling and I wasn't disappointed! Clever putting the zippers in the back -- I like to be able to change out pillows, too, but usually just do an overlapping fold flap. Great job!!! :)

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  39. I LOVE your pillows and how you adapted it to make two! The colors are gorgeous.

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  40. Very nice Connie. Lucky daughter ; )

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  41. Great job! Love the 2 pillows! Thanks for participating in the hop!

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  42. Love the pillows! Is that corduroy for one of the houses? It gives it a nice texture.

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  43. WOulderful gift ideas...don't you hate ripping out quilting!!!

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  44. Lovely pillows! Your sense of color is always "spot on". Great idea to make into 2 smaller pillows. You are a marvel to rip out all those stitches.

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  45. So cute - and obviously your daughter thought so too. :) blessings, marlene

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  46. Love the idea of the two pillows- they are perect!

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  47. Great idea to make two pillows! They are really pretty.

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  48. Your pillows look very nice! I laughed at how your daughter shops your stuff.

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  49. Love the two pillows - great job. Judy C

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  50. Love the idea of two pillows and they are sew cute.

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  51. I hope your laptop was not in your absolute most favorite fabric, lol!!!! Oh well, kids will be kids and you get to shoppong got a new favorite fabric!! ;) Your pillows turned out great!!! Good idea to make them into two!! ( and as always covers rather than pillows... such a washing lifesaver with little fingers, kids or grandkids :). SOOOO what are you planning for her winter pillow covers, lol!!!

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  52. Your pillows are rich with color! I love the zippers in the back. I'm scared to death of zippers. I'm trying to look closely at yours to see if I could do that with my pillow forms. a Tutorial possibly? When you say you use old sheets for the pillow forms exactly what do you mean? You use the sheets for the background? Green sheets? I always Love Love Love whatever you put together!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  53. I like the idea of 2 pillows and I can understand why your daughter wanted to take them home. Sweet.

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  54. what cute little pillows. your daughter has a head start on decorating.

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  55. Rosemary B here:
    daughters.... enough said about that. I have two and they always want my stuff hahaha
    I adore your pillows
    Thank you so much for sharing

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  56. Your pillows are really nice. Thanks so much for sharing in the hop.I loved how you put the zippers in the back. So great to change out the pillows.

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  57. I like the idea of 2 pillows--also love the scallop on your rooftop!

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  58. LOVE those pillows! I can see why they were abducted!!

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  59. I love your pillows. I fully understand why they disappeared together with your daughter.
    Thanks for sharing

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  60. Your pillows are wonderful! I like how you made two of them! Very nicely done... happy quilting!

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  61. Great pillows! Your daughter sounds like my mom. When she comes over she usually takes my doily centerpiece with her. Always have to have a back up!

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  62. Aw Connie...they are so cute...I would have taken them home too! As usual...I love what you did! See you on the 26th! Have a great weekend.

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  63. I really like your pillows!

    I did snow falling once and quilted tiny plus signs with an x through them over the background to represent the snowflakes and then linked them all together with a loopy meander.. made a pretty cute snow effect...

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  64. Your cushions are great, I love the way you brought the houses to life with your quilting

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  65. I like your idea of making smaller pillows because I thought I would make some for gifts and it would be more manageable to get them done for me.Thanks for the idea

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  66. Cute pillows! Great idea to make two. Thanks for sharing.

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  67. Hi Connie,
    your cushions are adorable, so nice that there is light indoor.
    Pleasure to be with you in the bloghop ☺
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente in Germany

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  68. Great pair of pillows. I love how the snow stands out against the dark sky. Hm, are you thinking of giving daughter a sew machine for Christmas? LOL

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  69. How clever! I would never have thought to split the pattern, but I LOVE it! I learn SO much from these hops!

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  70. Sweet pillows. I love the colors you chose.

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  71. Very cute! I love your pillows!!!
    Greetings from Germany
    Nicole

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  72. Very cute! I love your pillows!!!
    Greetings from Germany
    Nicole

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  73. What a brilliant idea to make two pillows--wish I'd thought of it. I love your choice of fabrics.

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  74. Two fabulous cushions!!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  75. Hi!!! Love your pillows!!! They are very pretty!!!!

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  76. They look great. Your daughter is a lucky girl . Thanks for sharing in the hop. Janita

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