Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Feathered Friends exchange sent and received


Goldie was my partner for the Feathered Friends exchange on the SBEBB. I stitched For the Birds by Drawn Thread for her. I saw that she had a few Drawn Thread pieces in her stitching album, so I figured this was a safe bet. And I love Drawn Thread, so I was excited about stitching this piece. I also gave her the chart for Three Friends, which incidentally has birds! The three floss skeins in the picture below are ones called for in the chart too. Remember my bird pins made of polymer clay? I included the cardinal set in her exchange, plus some Burt's Bees products and some chocolate Altoids. I'm glad I bought all this before Matt got laid off!

Now let me complain a bit about making the pillow. This is the first one I've sewn myself. Mom gave me advice, but I did it all myself. It's basically two front/backs sewn together with a top stitch on the sewing machine to enclose the pillow. I learned that I really need to use a pillow form if I'm going to try to top stitch the thing closed. So I made a pillow out of batting and stuffing. I had to do the top stitching twice because I just couldn't stuff it enough without doing the pillow form. I also learned that chalk pens don't come out easily, and that unwashed fabric will bleed (learned when I took a wet towel to try to get the chalk out). I think it turned out pretty well for all that.


6 comments:

Kendra said...

The pillow looks great!

I know what you mean about pillow-hating...I made my first pillow last Christmas, and after all the hoo-ha I experienced with it, it'll be awhile before I make another one. My Granma (who's a major sewing guru) warned me that pillows are evil. I now know why she has that opinion!

cathymk said...

What a fabulous exchange! The pillow looks fantastic.

Kim B said...

Your pillow looks excellent! Sorry it gave you so much trouble - but it turned out great!

Giovanna said...

What a beautiful gift! ``For the Birds'' is just stunning, well done.

Sandra Ree said...

Very pretty! Good job!

Michelle said...

What a fabulous exchange! I love how the pillow turned out (good for you for giving it a whirl). Those cardinal pins are sooooo cute! You have a real talent for those.