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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Peek-a-boo Pillow

Peek-a-boo Pillow
Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Well, I'm a little sad this pillow, and a couple other ideas, didn't get accepted as projects for a future patchwork book, but I'm a lot happy that I get to post them on my blog sooner, rather than later. I found it totally frustrating to keep the things I made a secret. The Bitter One, on the other hand, is going to have to keep her two projects under wraps.

The details:
Patchwork panel pillow made of thrifted fabrics in a variety of textures (corduroy, felted-tweed, burlap-esque something or other, denim) cut and stitched together in a free form sort of way to mimic the wood railing that the boys are peeking through. I just happened to have a photo of each of my boys playing peek-a-boo, which drove the design direction. I printed the photos on a store-bought ink jet fabric. I should have used some interfacing on the back of the patchwork strip because the stuffing is already pushing one of the seams out. To add to the wood sub-theme I machine-appliqued some faux wood grain with contrasting thread to the denim strips in the patchwork.

Forgot to mention that this was the original inspiration.

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Anonymous kirsty said...

Superb!! That is such a great idea and you've made it beautifully.

Wed Jun 06, 03:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Thanks, Kirsty. I'm happy that I made a quilter happy. I guess I was insecure about my patchwork abilities.

Wed Jun 06, 03:24:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Julie said...

Love it! I have some bubble jet set around here somewhere that I need to use. Your project is very inspiring!

Wed Jun 06, 03:41:00 PM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

I can't believe they didn't pick this one. It's so perfect - easy, yet it looks great. I love the idea and you executed it wonderfully.

I loved those pillows on two straight lines, too. I have a package of ink jet fabric that's been sitting here for months and months. Someday I'll crack it open.

Wed Jun 06, 04:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Thanks, Julie and Alice. I think I'm feeling better already. I knew I loved this blog thing.

Wed Jun 06, 04:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Claire said...

WHAT!?!?! That is sooo cool! It is perfect looking and such a great idea. I love it. pooh to those crazy patchwork book people. Maybe I smell a tutorial?

*sniff, sniff*
Yup. Definitely smells tutorialish 'round here to me...

Wed Jun 06, 05:41:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Emily said...

You are a genius!! That is the most clever thing I've seen in a long time. And did I mention cute?!

Wed Jun 06, 06:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Penelope Picklebottom said...

bah, those book people need to pull thier heads out of thier tucasses. For sure that is the cutest pillow ever. Need to make me one. I've never worked with that bubble jet before, never really even been tempted. Thanks for the inspiration.

Wed Jun 06, 08:33:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Penelope Picklebottom said...

ah, just realized how dislexic I am today-their- I know how to spell, really, I swear.... my mother will be so ashamed

Wed Jun 06, 08:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kuky said...

I love the machine appliqued faux wood.

Thu Jun 07, 12:18:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Frizz said...

That's so great. I've never seen anything like it you clever girl. The photos work perfect!
It SO should've been picked. Makes me really want to try patchworking.

Thu Jun 07, 06:17:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Ali said...

That's such a superb idea with a fantastic end result! Bravo you (even if it wasn't selected).

Thu Jun 07, 06:27:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Nancy said...

there is really no accounting for taste sometimes-- that pillow is FANTASTIC!

Thu Jun 07, 08:54:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Courtney said...

I can't believe they weren't accepted. I love them. I never got around to doing a submission for that...

Thu Jun 07, 10:01:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Angelina said...

I love this pillow. I've been wanting to make some things for my house for a while and never have time. Now that I'm going to be home more, I look forward to projects like this one. I like that the patchwork is in the middle in a long strip rather than the whole pillow top being made up of patches. Really clean looking. I love the images of your boys too, but I'm afraid to try the whole image transfer. Just think of what I'll be able to accomplish when I get over that!

I would have picked this project!

Thu Jun 07, 10:20:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sonya said...

Faux wood grain. Sigh. I love the little peaking faces. So cute.

Thu Jun 07, 10:34:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Jen said...

Oh, that's fabulous! I need pillows with my babies' faces on them now.

Thu Jun 07, 12:26:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Daphne said...

Very cute!

I wonder about the "no posting" thing. Is it because they don't want copycats to detract from the finished publication? Don't answer that. I just figured it out as I was typing. To me, it's more exciting to see the process and build anticipation for the finale--but I think for something as expensive and time-consuming to produce as a book, you don't want people scooping you. Or something.

Thu Jun 07, 02:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger carol said...

this is absolutely my favorite way to use photos and sewing- really clever, without being cheesy- it works SO SO well.

thanks for sharing such an imaginative idea!

*delurking here, by the way

Fri Jun 08, 02:53:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Aurora said...

OK, summer is here. There is no excuse not to MEET. Your boy is adorable and I have his female match here...

Park? Thrifting? Let's play!


Mon Jun 11, 06:38:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous sara said...

This is one of the most clever ideas I have seen, I love the vertical strips and the peeking out from vertical fence slats. Too Cool.

Wed Jun 13, 02:22:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Nauma said...

Love it!

Thu Jun 14, 08:05:00 AM PDT  

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