Easy Pillow Covers

A few months ago a cousin and I made a trip to the fabric store and then by the Goodwill for some pillows. The Goodwill has great deals on pillows, especially for pillows that will receive a lot of good use. I referenced the blog Hey There, Home’s post on How to Make an Envelope Pillow Cover.  I really enjoyed the clear instructions shown on Hey There, Home. My method was basically the same.

Here are the pillows pre-covering.

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After measuring each pillow, I cut the fabric with a half inch seam added to the overall size.

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The pinning.

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I marked the corners before sewing and using the serger on the edges.

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A covered pillow!

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A long pillow covered.

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A complete set.

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This has been such an exciting month. A big thank you to all of those backers that helped fund our Kickstarter campaign–the support is stunning and I look forward to the stitching! We’ve been super busy with regular life. We are grateful for our good health.

Sending all our best to everyone!

Quilt Completed

This quilt started last year as two separate pieces from an in-person class at Country Roads Quilt Shoppe and a Carolyn Friedlander paper piecing creativebug tutorial. After combining the two pieces into one I added a border to even out the prints and piecing.

From West Virginia to Las Vegas and then to Virginia, this quilt was snuggled under after becoming only a sandwich! It also had a lot of machine quilting removed and redone; I found this task trying, but necessary.

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For the paper piecing I used the scrap stash, with many of the fabrics being from Moda.

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Quilting free form lines mesmerizes me because of the movement given to the quilt.

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Many of these fabrics are from projects I completed prior to making this blog. It’s wonderful to see those scraps from previous projects, efforts, and little things of love I sent off in the world.

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The main border fabric is from “Honeymoon” by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel. It reminds me of James Wright.

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Since I’m a Robert Kaufman and Carolyn Friedlander fan this wide backing was perfect. It adds a nice softness.

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The sunlight gives the machine quilting great shadows. Aurifil thread was used on this quilt.

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One quilt done and another one on the way.

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Our Kickstarter is going amazingly well. Thank you to all the supporters and those that have enjoyed the work. We’re really excited to being working on a new series of embroidery projects, and to be expanding Brambleton Threads.

Flannel Baby Quilt

This flannel quilt is simple in its appearance and construction. I was thinking a baby’s close up view of the world, about the spaces between the meeting of matter, and how those meetings blur into lines.

The finished size is 57″ by 58″. Robert Kaufman flannel is the front fabric.  Aurifil thread is used for the sewing and quilting.

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For the back fabric a plain blue Robert Kaufman quilting cotton. The print fabrics used in the backing and binding are from Abi Hall’s collection “Jurassic Jamboree” for Moda.

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Here is the original concept. Creating one-off designs is one of the reasons I love to make quilts and embroidery pieces. Translating an idea from one form to the next presents a natural challenge for me.

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We are launching a Kickstarter later today for a one-off embroidery series! Click here to check it out. Thanks for the support and kind words.

Mitosis Phase One: WIP

Mitosis Phase One is near to my heart. In December I put the first stitches down, and realized I was looking at a bunch of cells. The void in all the cells started to make me wonder about what’s happening inside of each one. I decided to investigate and found a cell hot with division.

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Back Stitch looking fluid front and back.

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Notice the voids between the cells, the Back stitch, and the weave of the fabric.

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The cell starting up Mitosis.

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The colors soften as the process picks up momentum.

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All of this creating has helped us get to a new point: we are going to be launching a Kickstarter project soon. It’s an embroidery wall art project focusing on science and art. Keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks for updates.

Thanks for stopping by!

Twitter: @BrambltnThreads

Sun Embroidered

2016, like all years, has been incredible. This embroidered piece is influenced by the many sunrises I caught this year; waking up in the dawn’s dark is one of my favorite activities.

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After the embroidery was finished, I machine quilted the double wool batting with gold Gutermann thread.

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The front up close.

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The blue behind.

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Thanks for stopping by at any point during this year and after!

Warm & Quilted Tote

Lately I haven’t been feeling like being on the computer because of all the new parts of life. There has been plenty to blog about, but not as much of my energy to go around. With the colder weather I’m sure I will find my way inside…maybe!

This tote is for one of my dearest friends. She is a strong, well-spoken, hardworking, fun, silly woman, and is always there for those in her life. She loves the world and the people in it.

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She is classic, graceful, with a pop of daring, and the colors and lines of this bag attempt to capture those qualities.

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Thanks for stopping by!

A Quilted Bag

Machine quilting is one of my favorite activities because I love the way quilted lines texture the fabric. This quilted bag came in to being for a friend’s birthday gift. It is sturdy and brightly colored. The fabric is a combination of recent acquisitions and old fabrics waiting to be used.

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A close up on the handles.

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The inside is not quilted. I used the School of Sewing‘s construction, with some personalized touches, such a size and fabrics.

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What type of handmade gifts do you like to give?