Languid Lounging, part 2

I got stuck into this one straight away.

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Using my favourite trick for sewing the HSTs takes all the guesswork and margin for error out of the process.

It’s going to be some squares, some half square triangles, finished block size 4″, 4 rows of 4 to give a 16″ square pillow. Mainly because that’s the size of pillow insert I’ve got… But I prefer a small, plump pillow to a big one. The larger ones are either too well stuffed and rather firm, or under stuffed and too floppy. I’m going to be spending a bit of quality time on the sofa, and I want it comfy…

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Lining up the pattern was a total accident, for which I claim no credit!

I’ve had this fabric selection for some time; I love the combination of black, white, grey and acid lime, and I have remnants of the olive/lime shot cotton I used for the back of Broken Bottles for the backs of these pillows. I’m going to do a very simple back, no fancy hidden zippers or envelope backs. A zipper straight across the centre back, with a placket to cover the teeth. The only fancy bit is that the zipper is grey to match the front fabrics, instead of the olive/lime fabric. A bit silly, perhaps, considering it’s going to be hidden, but I like hidden details.

I’m going to quilt the fronts, which will help to give the pillow body. I think there’s going to be enough fabric for 3 or 4 of them, so each pillow is going to have a different front layout and quilting design.  They’re small, so I can get fancy on that bit. Machine quilting, though, I want to be using them very soon!

Any useful scraps will probably get turned into a set of matching mug coasters. Big bits will get returned to the stash. Did I say before how much I love these fabrics – especially the grey spot and the lime HST design?

It’s such a luxury having a cutting table that’s just for cutting…. No clearing away all the time.

Languid Lounging, part 1

Yes, OK, I don’t do languid much, being a person more on my feet than off them, on the whole.

But I like alliteration, and my sofa, or lounge, is the subject of this post. It’s 10 years old. It’s seen a lot of life and a lot of change. It’s held up nicely, and the cushions come up beautifully every time I wash them. Thank you, Ikea.  But the pillows that came with this lovely thing are now, well, tragic is too strong, but they’re sad, floppy, shapeless and incapable of doing a job of supporting one’s back. Which is the point of pillows, isn’t it?

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They look like those Shar Pei dogs with the big wrinkles all over their faces

Screen shot 2014-11-09 at 1.51.50 PMI’m currently groping around for distracting activities. Sewing is high on the list as it doesn’t involve much hobbling on my painful hip. And I’m fed up with those flabby pillows. So it’s time to act!

I have everything I need: fabrics, batting, lining, backing, zips.  Away we go.