As much as I loved hers I knew I wanted to use fabrics I already had - I'm trying hard to do that (and if my friends tell you different don't you listen!) - so I started pulling boxes out of the stash closet. Then I saw it....a huge bin of wools. Maybe two bins. Maybe two bins and half another. Can we say addicted? So I dumped the whole thing, or two, or two and a half. Whatever. And reorganized the whole thing, because I'm a bit OCD that way. And after sorting and fusing and cutting and stitching, this is what I came up with:
I looked at the pattern. I looked at Jill's pillow. I looked at my pillow. I loved that flange. I really loved that flange. But since most everything I make is more on the simple side and I was really stretching myself to add buttons to this...yes, I know but I'm not exactly a sequin and glitter kind of gal...I decided just to bind mine. A plain old-fashioned binding.
The next task was to stuff it. I might have gotten a bit too much stuffing in it and even though I sat on it (don't you say a word!) it didn't flatten much.
When you have a fat pillow it's hard to get a picture of the top and bottom at the same time.
My topiarys wanted to lean, and I could hear my mother's voice saying, "Stand up straight girls!" And my snowman was a bit shy and tried to hide down on the bottom. But after taking pictures by the fireplace, in the loveseat, in my sewing chair, outside on the glider and the lounge and the cushion box, with and without reflectors I got a few of the details that you might want to see.
I added the bird because, after hearing my mother's voice scolding the topiarys, I just had to add a reminder of her - she loved birds, any kind, but she loved redbirds most of all. I know you think those bits of thread were overlooked....but I'm pretty sure that redbird needs them for her nest. :)
This little door need a bit of color so I added a holly button. The doorknobs are a satin stitch using a gold thread.
There's that shy snowman!
And in a variety of settings the final product!
But my favorite place is in my sewing chair...
Thanks so much to Madame Samm for the dream of these blog hops and Jill for the wonderful pattern, but most of all thanks to Pauline who, even while she was sick with the flu, put it all together and managed it for us.
And for those of you who are still reading this looooong post, I have a giveaway for you. How about a charm pack of Blitzen...that's fitting, isn't it? :)
Just leave a comment for a chance at the drawing, and if you're a follower leave a second comment telling me so. Sorry, no international shipping on this one. I think that would probably cost more than I paid for the charm pack!
And now, or after you comment, go visit the rest of the hoppers! Here's the schedule:
Tuesday November 27