I've been working hard at my swap projects but have been enjoying stretching my design skills and some hand applique which I've only done on one other piece.
I'm participating in the Pillow Talk swap over at flckr. You should check it out there is some amazing sewing and designing going on there.
Pillow Talk is a blind swap, so I know who I'm sending the pillow to but nobody know's who sending one to them. At the beginning we posted some inspiration mosaics, and boy were some inspiring mosaics added to the pool. You can take a look at my mosaic here.
I set out to use some linen and the colour red. I didn't want to do any raw edge applique because a pillow just gets used too much. My partner's mosaic seemed to show that she would like some type of applique rather than just piecing, so this is what I came up with.
I wasn't sure when I was appliqueing if I was liking it, but as I was quilting it I started to fall in love with it. I think I put about 30 hours into this one; so, I'm sure hoping my partner loves it! Once again, quilting makes all the difference.
The back was fun too. I used a large Paula Prass Woodland Delights print and wow, it sure makes a statement. I inserted a hidden zipper too. (It's an envelop for a 20 inch pillow form)
I'm sending this out in tomorrow's mail, as it has a long way to go!