I was recently lucky enough to meet up with some of my crafty cyber friends in real life!
At my first meet up, I connected with a fellow Craftster moderator and her friend from quilting guild. We spent a couple of days crafting, laughing, watching olympics, eating and drinking a glass of wine... or seven. They are both very talented quilters so I tried to suck up as much of their seamstress knowledge as I could.
They taught me a neat technique for piecing blocks that I used to create this patchwork pillow.
I started by sewing the reddish-orange block not knowing what it would eventually become. I just wanted to practice and use up some of my scrap hoard.
Shortly after I finished, I started brainstorming a project for my next meet up with Seattle area Craftster members. I decided that the I should turn my practice block into a pillow!
Since I hadn't originally planned for the block to become a pillow, the size wasn't quite right for the rectangular form I had on hand. No problem! I just created another small block in contrasting colors to fill in the extra space.
I used linen to connect the dots and this is the result!
I finished the back with a couple strips of fabric for an extra pop.
It's not perfect by any means but I'm happy that I finished a sewing project with minimal cussing!
The pillow was given away as part of a Yankee swap we did at our meet up. It was so much fun and we've all agreed that another meet up is in order very soon!