I love to sew.
It is a borderline obsession.
Fabric, for me, is like patterned paper. You need to have it on hand so that you can sew something up when the mood strikes.
I wish I made more time for sewing and quilting because my to-do list and fabric stash keeps growing but my completed projects.... not so much.
I took a little time yesterday to whip up a trio of throw pillows for our family room (more coordinating pillows to come just as soon as I run to the store for more invisible zippers (my favorite way to create removable pillow covers) and muslin (to line the fabric I'm using for the outside. makes them more substantial and sturdy). I went with my current favorite color combination: royal blue + aqua + yellow.
These are very basic pillows, nothing fancy but I kind of like that in my pillows. The patterns of the fabrics speak for themselves. I'm thinking I'll make a scrappy quilt with the leftover fabric after I'm done making pillows.
I followed THIS tutorial from the Sew Katie Did Blog for invisible zippers. And I used this invisible zipper foot for my Janome Horizon Machine (Janome Concealed Zipper Foot for Horizontal Rotary Hook Models). Inexpensive and worth it's weight in gold. If you're wanting to make pillow covers with invisible zippers, this thing is worth it's weight in gold. Seriously.
There are a multitude of great invisible zipper foots out there for almost any brand/style of sewing machine. I did a quick search on Amazon and tons of zipper foots came up: Zipper Foots.
(fabrics are all from the Zen Chic Sphere Collection for Moda Fabrics)
Here's a little peek at the rest of the fabric I'm going to make family room pillows with:
There's a great older print from Lotta Jansdotter's Bella Collection (the royal blue floral), more fun prints from the Zen Chic Sphere Collection for Moda Fabrics (the 3 I already made, the white with navy), Sun Prints Text Fabric by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics, Bonnie & Camille April Showers (yellow/white stripe diagonal) and I'm going to incorporate some of my most favorite new Michael Miller fabrics from the Glitz Collection (the white with gold glitz in polka dots and chevron). *The Michael Miller Glitz white/gold fabrics are waitlisted because they've been so popular. Be sure if you like hording fabric and sewing, you get on the waitlist at Fat Quarter Shop to be notified when they are back in stock!
I'm off to a middle school track meet. A new watercolor-ish card and video tutorial (this one just in time for Mother's Day) is coming tomorrow! See you then!