Pushme, Pullme blog hop

The talented Michelle from Factotum of Arts designed a super cool quilt block that I volunteered to test for her.

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I had been looking for a great block that could read masculine enough for a set of pillows for a bachelor friend of mine. (Can’t say more just in case he reads this. Highly unlikely since this is a quilting blog, but I don’t want to ruin Christmas.)

This pattern was fun, fast and easy. The block finishes 15 inches so a quilt top would come together really fast. I love how dynamic the arrows are. Until quilting I mostly saw the inward dark arrows but now after quilting the lighter outward arrows seem to take center stage.

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After becoming obsessed with sketch stitching for appliquΓ© I decided to try sketch quilting. Do you like it? I love it for these pillows but I’m undecided on whether it’d be a good idea for a full quilt. It’d be awfully time consuming! I was surprised by how long this took. It basically multiplied my quilting time by 4.

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I used this amazing paint by number print fromΒ Lush UptownΒ on the back. Couldn’t bear to cut it up for a quilt, even though in general I enjoy the effect deconstructed large scale prints can have in quilts. But now I have some good scraps from making these pillows so I’m sure they’ll pop up again. I’m pretty sure there is a paint by number of a woodland scene I did as a child that is exactly this percentage done!

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As a side note, this is the first time I’ve used binding on a pillow and I LOVE it. I made all the pillows in my house but none of them are pieced or quilted… and none have binding. Looks like I’ve got some work to do.

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I reluctantly admit that this block would be really cool in all solids. πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to check out what the other blog hoppers came up with! Be sure to visit them and see:

Ashley @Β Wasn’t Quilt in a Day
Kristel @Β Work-in-Progress Girl
Mara @Β Secretly Stitching

Oh, one more thing. Thank you guys so much for your kind support of my first real quilt design. I can’t tell you how much more fun quilting has become since I found you guys to share it with. Watch for a 2014 quilt-a-long announcement soon…!!

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day at Lily’s Quilts!

36 thoughts on “Pushme, Pullme blog hop

  1. 1) I love these pillows. (And I love Michelle’s pattern! I’m going to have to buy it to do a quilt this winter.) (I’m feeling solids. I KNOW.)
    2) Your sketch stitching looks fabulous. What a cool idea to outline the arrows!
    3) Your fabric choice for the back is PERFECT.
    4) QAL? I am still in. πŸ™‚

  2. Love this pattern! But with the fabrics you chose… amazing! I’ll be giving this pattern a go for sure! And as for the sketch stitching, i’m all over it! Fantastic work πŸ™‚

  3. The sketch stitching is sooo cool, I was like you and only saw the darker inner arrows first, but love how your quilting makes the outer ones pop too! Great job.

  4. oooohhh these are so awesome. I love that pattern and the name. I’d say the sketch quilting is very successful. The fabric choices and the quilting all read very “dude-friendly” to me. Mission accomplished! I wouldn’t mind these pillows either….especially that lush fabric backing. Fabulous!

  5. Wonderful for a man! Men are the hardest to sew for because I find that there is just not enought man-like fabric or maybe I just don’t know how to shop for it.
    I am making a quilt right now where all of the EPP Hexi’s are sketch stiched and even tho it takes forever I love the effect!!!
    *Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

  6. I think the sketch applique really adds to the masculine feel in this case…maybe because of the dark color? I bet your friend will love the thought you put into these. It’s funny that you mention the arrows; I think I noticed the opposing set of arrows first in nearly every version that I saw of this quilt. It could become a fun party game; quick, which arrow do you see? πŸ™‚

  7. These are fantastic! They really do have a masculine appeal, don’t they? And that can be so very hard somehow. You got the colours/fabrics just right though. (Do you know what that bird print is on the front of the pillow? Love that!)

    All these finished projects you guys have done put me to shame ;D I really need to get my quilted up. I really like how the sketch quilting came out, but I think I’d probably crap out pretty quickly trying to do that on a quilt – looks brilliant on the pillow though, which is probably about the biggest size project I’d be willing to try it on. (I am going to have to try it one day!)

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