Today is the start of the Holiday Lane Pillow blog hop:
Jill Findley from Jillily Studios is the designer of this pillow pattern, Pauline from Quilt n Queen is the hostess for Holiday Lane, and Madame Samm from SewWeQuilt is the QUEEN OF BLOG HOPS, who comes up with amazing ideas and giveaways.
I signed up for the hop back in September without really thinking about what fabric I might have available to use. A couple of weeks ago I’d scheduled some time in to make this pillow and wasn’t going to spend money on more fabric. But a friend of mine had donated 3 (or maybe 4) pairs of old jeans knowing that I like to do a bit of upcycling so I decided to use a pair of these in my pillow (thanks Martin).
I had a rifle through my fabric stash and pulled out some Summersville (Lucie has it on sale in her shop right now), a spotty fabric from the Quite Contrary range by My Minds Eye for Riley Blake and another spot:
I like how it’s turned out, I like to think it’s maybe a bit of a funky street somewhere! The children can’t wait to use it!
I did a bit of FMQ messing about really and trying out the functions on my machine, I used bondaweb too for putting the snow on the roofs and the windows and door on.
As often is the way I adapted the pillow to suit my needs. The pattern instructions are to encase the pillow but the thought of not being able to wash it with 3 small children in the house was not good. So I made a two piece back incorporating the back pocket of the jeans. Not sure what the pocket will get used for hopefully not snotty tissues!
I used the automatic buttonhole function on my machine for the first time – it’s brilliant and makes me want to put buttons on everything!
Oh and the inner is made from some leftover curtain lining stuffed with scraps from my scraps bin!
So go on hop along and see what these other people have made: