Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Hawaiian dolphin pillow-PQ 10-3

Project Quilting 10-3

This week's challenge was, "bigger than a breadbox" and required that the entry be at least 16" x 8'. I decided to make a pillow and the dimentions are 17.5 x 17.5.

My local guild is gearing up for a "quilt day" which is a themed gathering of several local guilds (hosted by ours). The Theme is Hawaiian Tropical. I didn't see any reason why I couldn't make something for both this challenge and the quilt day later. 
I've just returned from Florida and felt like it would be a good way to remember an interesting day there, visiting the dolphins.
I've not made any Hawaiian quilts before, but I thought I'd give it a go. 

I looked at Pinterest and found a pattern by Stacy Michell called "Dancing Dolphins". It is made for a die cut, but I just cut it out by hand, since I'm not planning on making several of these. 
I used some batik fabrics I had and followed a technique of fusing a light underfacing to the back before doing a tiny satin stitch over the raw edges. I found it to be very helpful in stabalizing the edges and allowing the stitches to sit on top rather than sink into the backing. It's a new to me technique I will use again. 
The pillow back is a simple envelope closing. I've not made any pillows before, but this was a good project for me to try a design and techniques I'm not familiar with. 


At 8:14 AM, Blogger Nikki Moshier said...

Love your pillow. Thank you for the great instructions. I generally stick to button hole stitch for my applique. You have given me thoughts on a satin stitch next. Thanks!

At 5:03 PM, Blogger chrisknits said...

Love the pillow! But then, I adore dolphins!

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Amy said...

This is so pretty! I love Hawaiian quilt patterns but was always intimidated by doing all that hand appliqué...I don’t know why I never thought about machine appliqué!

At 6:15 PM, Blogger PersimonDreams said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! i love Hawaiian quilts!

At 5:27 AM, Blogger Sharon said...

This turned out so beautiful! Thanks for describing your technique.


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