Jim the Pillow, part 5

Jim the Pillow is finished! I hope you all have enjoyed seeing how to start with a photo, make a pattern, applique the shape, and add embroidery to bring your pet to life.

Watch this video to see how I embroidered the flowers—plus how to sew the chain and detached chain stitches!

It’s subtle, but the lines of stitching below Jim anchor him in place :-). I finished the bottom of the pillow with a zipper to make it easy to clean as needed.

The Unicorn is Magical! Show & tell…

Lisa Dobberke emailed a little while back asking if I had ideas for quilting the Magical Unicorn quilt that she made for her granddaughter—and I did! One thing I suggested was quilting in words and phrases inside the background fill.

Lisa said: I included her name, some “grandma style” words in English and Spanish (she is in Spanish immersion Kindergarten) using a general meandering pattern with some flowers, hearts, and butterflies mixed in.  This was my first appliqué quilt–sure was fun!

She also used a “wiggly eye” to go with the big eyelashes… very cute!

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your quilt with us! I know your granddaughter is going to treasure it—and have many sweet dreams under it :-).

Click here to find The Magical Unicorn pattern. It is a fun pattern that can be made into a small or large quilt!

Jim, the pillow—Part 1…

I’m making a pillow featuring my cat Jim and I thought it would be fun to share the idea and techniques. In case some of you don’t catch my Time Outs in other places (YouTube, Facebook, and now IGTV), here is Part 1 where I show you how you can get a drawing of your own special pet.