Welcome to the second official week of our SCRAPBOOK OF FRIENDS PILLOW ALONG and our first week of actual projects! Be sure to check out what my partner in crime, Carrie [HERE on Instagram] has to add to the festivities too. Carrie and I love working together and have really enjoyed collaborating on this book project over the last couple of years but we pretty much always do something a bit different so you will ALWAYS get two perspectives to everything if you follow along with us both!
WELCOME SPECIAL GUESTS: KIMBERLY JOLLY AND GREG JONES AND SUSAN VAUGHAN
We have a fun line up of special guests who will join Carrie and I each week and we are really very excited to sew together each week… This week we have our friends Kimberly, Greg and Susan joining us. They are all sharing their pillow photos and info via their INSTAGRAM feeds so please, please go check out the beauties that they have created for us to be inspired by! It is so much fun for me personally to see each person’s totally different interpretation of the block and the theme each week!
As a quick SUMMARY reminder of how this will work each week:
THIS WEEK’S PILLOW THEME
As you might have already guessed, this weeks pillow prompt is PATRIOTIC and we are working on the first block/quilt in the book which is the VINTAGE SPOOLS QUILT. If you are following along in the book, this block chapter begins on page 16. My particular pillow featuring these blocks in the book starts on page 36.
Now patriotic can be anything that communicates that to you… for some it is very traditional and for others it is a bit more whimsical or bright or romantic.
For me… patriotic quilts are closely tied to a summer vibe. I didn’t grow up in the US and came here as an elementary schoolgirl and my parents didn’t really celebrate any of the traditionally patriotic holidays. I think they were tremendously grateful to be here, but the holidays themselves just didn’t emotionally resonate with them if that makes any sense [we didn’t really celebrate Thanksiving either growing up]. Anyway! For me the patriotic theme in my quilting is something that I have come to love for what it means and also for the summer vibe it communicates of slowing down, taking some time and reflecting on what we have and how grateful we are for that.
For this little pillow… I knew I wanted to shrink down the spool blocks from the book and set them on one of my all time favorite red fabrics, red gingham… what could be more summertime patriotic than that! But of course I had to mix in all of my favorite low volume cream prints and accent all of it with a bit of my favorite cornflower blue… just to bring in that summer red, white and blue vibe.
If you want to make the full size spool block as it is in the book for the quilt or other projects, then you will want to go to page 18-19 to get started.
If you want to make this mini version, here is the info below.
PER BLOCK [I made 18 mini “straight spool” blocks]
FOR WHOLE PILLOW
THIS WEEKS PILLOW INFO: HOW I GET STARTED WITH MY PILLOW TOP
As I already mentioned, Carrie does this fairly differently [so go see how her tips are different] but here are my pointers for getting started with a pillow front.
I HAVE A SERIES OF LITTLE VIDEOS IN MY INSTAGRAM STORIES TODAY GOING THROUGH THE ABOVE STEPS SO YOU CAN SEE THEM. ONCE THE STORIES “EXPIRE”, I WILL ADD THEM TO MY INSTAGRAM HIGHLIGHTS SO YOU CAN ALWAYS SEE THEM THERE.
ENTER TO WIN THIS WEEK’S PRIZE: Come check out my IG by noon on Tuesday for my PRIZE POST.
THINGS TO EXPECT EACH WEEK
Sounds like a perfect way to spend the summer, don’t you think?
A FEW FAQ RIGHT NOW
Do I have to make pillows to join?
No! if you want to work on one of the quilts in the book as we work on pillows… GO FOR IT.
What are the hashtags?
If you want us and others to see what you are working on [any progress shots are fine… and of course finished pillow tops or pillows too], then use the hashtags #pillowalong and #scrapbookofquilts
Join our FACEBOOK GROUP if you haven’t already [CLICK HERE] as we will be working on it there as well as here on the blog each week.
See you next week with the second set of pillow inspirations and pillow hints and tips.
Joanna and Carrie too… along with Kimberly, Susan, Susan, Anna, Greg, Chelsi and Melissa