I just have 13 days left until my Master’s classes are officially done for a while. I am not counting or anything! I have a pile of projects I can’t wait to get going on. In the last few weeks, I have managed to finish up a few little things here and there. One of them was this pillow.
This little dresden plate pillow was to practice before I started working on this quilt for my sister. Last summer, she asked me to make a quilt for her, and then picked out “Dotty Dresden” from one of my favorite quilting books, Material Obsession. She has a great eye for colors and fabrics and fell in love with the Good Folks line from Maria Anna Horner. I added in a few other basics and even some scraps from a shirt we both love, but couldn’t wear. I had never even done applique before, so this project seemed a little daunting. I decided that a practice pillowcase would let me try it out first and give me a really cute pillow too. It was a good idea, as I cut the wedges the wrong size the first time and this plate turned out bigger than the ones I wanted for the quilt.
Right now, it is brightening up our guest room, which also happens to be my craft room. I think it looks great on the bed and love seeing it while I am in there working on other things. Finishing up this project was good timing, too: I just heard about the Bloggers Pillow Party. Rachel over at Stitched in Color hosts this event each month to feature homemade pillows and even awards great prizes. I am entering the March contest. Wish me luck and check out the other entries here.