The second I saw the pattern for this runner by Me and My Sister Designs, I knew it must come home to live at my home. I had been drooling (not literally--well, most of the time) over our Spring Terrace collection since Jenni first shared her artwork for it. (Disclaimer: I bleed green and yellow; I have been a huge Oregon Ducks fan since birth). I chose similar fabrics from our collection and used our Design Table feature to keep straight which fabric I was subbing for what.
Once Sue announced the Pillow Challenge,
I instantly gravitated towards the idea of doing a Christmas pillow,
but figured that was too easy and probably a little bit predictable.
Since this was supposed to be a challenge, I wanted to do just that. I
challenged myself to come up with my own pattern for a monster pillow. I
played around with some ideas and started sketching a few of them out.
Once I had some ideas together, I began thinking about how I would
construct it. At this point I had to scratch some of my ideas as I
couldn't wrap my head around how to get them beyond an idea on paper!
Once I nailed down my idea, I started planning things out more carefully
and chose my fabrics.
Longtime Connecting Threads customers may remember our Cup Cozy pattern. Well, the pattern, with its instructions for two versions, is back just in time for Week 7 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas celebration! Just for fun, I made new samples with fabrics from the Spring Terrace and Indigo Patchwork collections.
To start, I have a confession. I did a project without using Connecting Threads fabric. Eek! But it is our thread, so I hope you'll let it slide.
This gifty galore
project came about a bit backwards. It began when I fell in love with
this fabric. I love Christmas as well as mid-century style illustration
(e.g. Mary Blair).
This fabric was the best of both worlds, so I bought it with no idea
what to do with it. I did a google search with the name of the fabric to
see if I could find anyone else's projects using it. Lo and behold, I
found Gwenny Penny's Fussy-Cut Quilted Coasters. A nice and simple project that utilized the focal fabric perfectly. And as an added bonus, the pattern is free and she even walks you through step-by-step (always nice for a beginner!).
Alisha, our Marketing whiz, sent the CT staff a link to a clever adaptation of the Ikea’s Smycke Clock using fabric to cover the hexagons. I offered to make a sample with our fabrics because
it could be one more color coordinated project to go in my remodeled