Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Always Following Me


It would seem that even though blue has never been a color that I naturally gravitate towards, it is the one color that follows me despite my efforts to avoid, or at least be indifferent to it. I suppose such tendencies might stem from my grandmother's LOVE of blue... but not what you might think - it was that extreme fondness of blue that perhaps turned my mom off to the color, thus producing the home that I grew up in with not one stitch of blue in it. I have unknowingly done the same.

... but yet, it still follows me...


It would seem that every apartment and every house (trust me, there have been MANY moves in my life) has had some room where there has been some touch of blue in it. There have been two blue bathrooms, blue carpet, and other accents here and there along the way, but really it's forced me to figure out ways to make it work in spite of it's obvious shade.


When my husband and I recently moved our family back to his home town we "inherited" a couch that belonged to my husbands grandmother, which had been given to her when she married in 1947. Every cousin that has come in our house has recognized it, and usually shares some memory of sitting/playing on it as a child. I would think that from here it would be easy to guess the color, right?


Sometimes when I start a project, I don't always know where it might end up later, but it didn't take long to decide that these two pillows would be perfect for the vintage blue sofa in the guest room that has just been waiting to be adorned.


Of course I've considered having it reupholstered, and just might one day. The verdict is still out if she needs a complete makeover, or if she feels more comfortable... just being blue.

Pillow Pattern I: Jeweled Kaleidoscope, Campbell Soup Diary
Fabrics: Alison Glass Sun Prints 2017, Sun Prints 2016, Essex Linen Steel
Thread: Auriful 2600

Pillow Pattern II: Flower applique shapes from Alison Glass book, Applique. Animal shapes, adapted from Alison Glass fabric using this tutorial.
Fabrics: Alison Glass Sun Prints 2017, Alison Glass Sun Prints 2016, Stitched from Seventy-Six collection (background fabric) Lotta Jansdotter (backing)
Thread: Auriful 2600

Linking up for Finish-A-Long 2017

12 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! So fresh and inventive -- you always seem to have a surprise up your sleeve!

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  2. I LOVE these, Allison!! (and the story) And look at that free motion quilting! GIRL! :-)

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  3. Both pillows are lovely! A great way to tone down the blue couch. (I, too, am not fond of blue and have a difficult time incorporating it into my quilting. Guess I should work on that.)

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  4. Such beautiful pillow. I guess you could always reupholster that sofa one day. Is the felt you use wool felt or a blend, and where do you get yours from?

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  5. Hi Julie, I used wool felt that I've picked up here and there any time I could find high quality felt in colors that I liked.

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  6. Your pillows look oh so lovely with the new (old) couch! I happen to love blue, and my couch is almost exactly the same shade as yours.

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  7. Blue is such a cheery and calming colour. Your cushions are both lovely and would suit any setting or colour. Beautifully done!

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  8. GORgeous pillows Allison!!! The hubs and I used to joke that I couldn't make a quilt without mauve and green (it was the 80s!) no matter how on guard against it! I still laugh if I spot pink and green in a quilt! How fun to have such a beloved piece of furniture in your home! And really, GORgeous pillows...fronts, backs...gorgeous!!!

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  9. Your pillows turned out great! They look perfect on the couch :) Fantastic FMQ and straight line quilting, too.

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  10. Very exquisite pillows. My sister "owns" blue in my family, and I seldom will use it or even work with it. I always think - that's my sisters color. I tire of blue so quickly too. Nice to know that your mother and I agree. :-)

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  11. These are fantastic pillows! Modern and fresh combined with the charm of the "old" couch - just perfect!

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  12. Heute mal auf Deutsch: Dein Appli-Kissen ist wirklich wunderschön geworden. Die Farben (obwohl bunt) sprechen mich total an und auch die Anordnung ist toll. Eine super schöne Idee.

    LG Mareike

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