Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Needlework Tuesday - Building a Castle

 What a fun day I had with my friend Audrey.  We sewed this wonderful castle panel.  It's going to be a pillow for her daughter's bed.   This is a really cute free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop - Castle Pillow. Of course I made a few changes.  The pattern makes a 20 inch square pillow.  I find that pillow forms are expensive and tend to go flat rather quickly.  Instead, I made my castle 20 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches, which is the same as a standard bed pillow.  These can be purchased on sale very reasonably and replaced as needed.

I also used a piece of fabric that looked like stained glass instead of an open window.  In the battlements, I left a few open as they would truly appear.  The rick-rack isn't stitched down yet, I'll wait till after the quilting.  We are planning a few embellishments, anyone have a fabric with a print of a dragon?

Son asked for another baby afghan for a friend who is due very soon.  I didn't want to make the star afghan again (they already have one of those) and instead wanted to do a ripple style.  I found this one on Ravelry by Leann Brown.  It has the look I want.  I am using what I have on hand, so am adjusting the number of rows.  All the off whites will be ten rows and the rest will vary between 4 (I only have a bit of beige) and ten rows.  Once the base row was established, I could stop counting and follow the previous row.  Ten rows goes surprisingly fast and then I get to play with colour.

I'll have an update on both of these projects next week.  That is, as long as I can keep myself from starting on yet another new project.

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Kate said...

Startitis is a terrible affliction. I regularly suffer from it. Be strong. Done is better.

piecefulwendy said...

What is it about starting a new quilt that is so much more fun than finishing one? I don't know, but I suffer from the same affliction. :)

EmileeHope said...

Love the castle!!!

Louise said...

Very smart to make your pillow covers for a standard bed pillow! Those big square "Euro" sized ones are expensive, too. Your castle is quite charming :)

Sherrie said...

Hi Heather,
Love the castle blocks, very pretty. I've got a ripple afghan going but haven't worked on it for ages. My hubby passed away last week, he had been sick and nursing him I got behind on everything. Hoping to get back into the swing of things soon. Have a great day!