08 January 2012


I went on a retreat this weekend with the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild.  I had such a good time and knocked out and kick-started a few projects.

My friend Ace got married in October.   And I had promised him something handmade.  I had in my head a pillow for his bed.  Ace and Stephen have a really pretty duvet cover and bed; I wanted to add something bold and masculine.

I used hand-dyed pieces of red/orange (dare I say tangerine tango?) pimatex.  Also, Kona Plum, un-dyed pimatex, and Kona Stone.

First, I bought a king-size pillow from TJMaxx.

Then, I made a little quilt to be the same size.

I pieced this improvisationally, knowing I wanted a stripey sunrise.  The quilting is in orange thread, to echo the rays.

Next, I made an envelope back, which I pinned to the back of the quilt and I sewed it down at the same time as I used my machine to attach the front of the binding with my machine.  Stitching the back of the binding down by hand took almost as much time as everything that came before.  Largely, I think, because pimatex's thread count is so high it is really hard to sew by hand (I tried a few needles!) 

The finished pillow has already been delivered to Ace and his husband.  They claim to love it (I know I do!)

improvised sunrise pillow

Sorry about the low res pictures. No promises...but I'll try to get some better ones in the future. In the meantime, I'm feeling re-energized from the retreat (and a better work schedule) and hoping to be seeing more of my sewing machine soon!


  1. Oh wow! Gorgeous! No wonder they love it. Best wishes to the new couple.

  2. This is a beautiful pillow. I love the colors and the design.

  3. Lovely. I would love a sewing get away. How fun.

  4. I love the sun rays!! It looks fantastic :)

  5. That is a stunning pillow, so inspiring!

  6. The pillow is brilliant! Great wedding present!

  7. Your blog posts always make me take notes. A good thing...

  8. I love this pillow. Low res, high res picture, no matter. I just absolutely love the pillow. Inspirational love going on here. Can you tell? Love it

  9. What a pretty pillow Rossie. A nice wedding gift idea too! I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here: http://quilting.craftgossip.com/?p=14494

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  10. What a great piece! I love the fan shape... thanks for sharing!


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