I just returned from a week+ long trip to Maine to visit family. We all had a great time, and it was relaxing to get away from the hustle and bustle of New Jersey (and yes, the quilt world - I spent a lot less time on blogs and social media). I couldn't wait to gift a couple of special birthday presents to two of my favorite kiddos in the world!
The pillows were made with my nieces' favorite colors in mind. The lime green one is for my oldest niece (9), and she is 100% convinced that my husband is half cat (it's a long, funny story). It was kismet that I found the cute Cotton and Steel tigers in my stash. I used up several fabrics that I haven't been using, and she loves it, so big win there!
Also, I almost was brought to tears (I kid you not) when I walked into her room and saw her bed - all things I have made her, including one of my very first quilts, which she uses every night.
The pink pillow is for my slightly picky younger niece (5), and at first, she loved the back more than the front, haha! We all played up how cool the unicorn was, and she agreed. :)
She insisted on taking this picture. :) ^^
I quilted both pillows with wavy lines to add another element to the mix. Then, I stuffed them with Poly-fil. Boom.
They were super popular around the house, used by all including my sister-in-law and the cat. Plus, this was just step one of getting the girls excited about fabric (the master plan!). They helped me with some easy vacation sewing by pushing the sewing machine pedal. They accompanied me to Marden's, a salvage store, where I got some amazing deals on fabric (if you ever go to Maine, be sure to seek one out - you won't be sorry!). The 9-year-old and I designed and sewed up a stuffed cat (she did almost all of the work, but unfortunately I didn't get a picture this time). She wants to learn how to quilt, and she will hopefully visit my sewing room when she's in NJ.
My Marden's haul - 24 yards of high-quality, some OOP (out of print) fabric for $87 (including a 10% discount for being a MQG member)!! Believe it!
These pillows went over so well that I know exactly what I'll be making for my other nieces and nephew this year... woot!