29 September 2014

the great pillow fight swap

even though I have a huge list of WIPs and to-dos I can't resist a swap and lately it seems that I've developed a love of making pillows so when I saw a new pillow swap on flickr I just had to join in !

My partner had a swoon quilt in her mosaic which was fabulous as I have both the swoon and swoon mini patterns - my partner also likes pink and orange so that was a double bonus as I have plenty of those colours in my stash !

so I did a fabric pull and got started – I used my new favourite pink Ripples Rose from Bari J’s newest range Emmy Grace as well as Jenni Baker’s Dreamin Vintage Bloomery Nectarine – love both of these Art Gallery Fabrics and I must get some yardage before they disappear !! I also used Timeless Treasures Sketch in mist for the background.

it was quite easy to put together if a bit fiddly with all the small pieces and I was happy with the finished pillow - I quilted it in a one inch cross hatch with Aurifil 50wt Dove grey (2600).

when I started thinking about the extras I stalked my partner again and discovered she likes Tula Pink – not sure how I missed that in my initial search - so I made a zippered pouch with Tula’s Acacia range using my favourite print - the raccoon -  as a feature.

I also discovered my partner had an adorable polar bear Christmas decoration in her flickr favourites - it was made by Amy and it was one of my favs as well so I just had to make one !

The pattern is from the book Pretty In Patchwork Holidays which I just happened to have on my bookshelf - the pattern in the book is for a pillow but if used without enlarging is the perfect size for this mini christmas decoration !

my parcel has been sent off to my partner - hope she likes them as I had a lot of fun making them for her !  lucky that polar bear was so cute and fun to make as I've already got requests to make more !!


  1. Oh, I love that pillow! The little extras make this a really nice swap.

  2. Wow - these are all so fabulous! Your partner is going to love them! That polar bear is just so cute. Great work!

  3. Very awesome swap goodies Leanne, your partner will be loving opening up their package and finding them all! Cat x

  4. The pillow is just fabulous! I'm sure she loves all of her goodies.

  5. I love all these things - you have a lucky partner!

  6. You made really lovely pieces for your swap mate. She can't help but be pleased with everything you've made. And I'm impressed that you had these patterns and fabrics on hand! You must have some sewing room stash!

  7. I adore those mini swoon blocks. This pillow has brought them together beautifully. Lucky partner! Have you got one for yourself? You'll have to make one!

  8. Your partner would have swooned with delight to receive these 3 gorgeous creations from you!! Each of them is totally brilliant. Have you been busy making more polar bears for Christmas decorations?


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