Friday, November 16, 2007

Among the many wonderful things about blogging is the inspiration that is found. Not too long ago I had one of those light bulb moments when reading Vera's post at KC Quilter. She mentioned perhaps making some pillows using blocks from one of my favorite books - 301 Country Christmas Blocks.
Ah ha! At least 2 (or was it 3) years ago, I participated in a block swap using patterns from this book. The exchange itself took place so close to Christmas there wasn't much hope of making something to use and display that season. So the blocks went into a basket under my sewing table while I pondered how best to put them together. I'd take them out from time to time, arrange them on the floor, but just never found THE one that was pleasing. Back in the basket they'd go.
When I read Vera's post, I got the blocks out one more time. I separated them into a couple of different groupings, then shuffled until I found pleasing arrangements, grabbed my box of 'spare parts' and got to work. Voila.
Making them into envelope slip covers, they fit perfectly over the throws for the couch.I just need to make the envelope back for this one.
Still there were some leftovers. I stitched 'em and stuffed 'em, too. I think they will look just right on the bed.
Then I went to have a look at the Trees on the Table Gallery to see all the great quilts being made from Marcie's pattern. What fun to see how many variations and ideas there are. These darling little quilts will make great gifts - so I just had to make another.

36 comments:

Bren said...

I love the peppermint look of your "Marcie" topper.
The pillows are so wonderful Libby!!! I am sure they will be beautiful on the couch and the bed!

Beth said...

How cute, what a great idea! Of course, now that book had to be added to my wish list!

KCQuilter said...

How adorable!!! You are one clever lady. Now I need to get in gear and get some made for my bench!

Darlene said...

What a perfect way to use your blocks! The pillows are beyond cute and adorable.

Another tree tabletopper that is as wonderful as the first. I still have not made one of those. HMMM - might time!

Angie said...

Daggone Libby, they pillows are just too cute...I have that book, too...am I going to have to go be a Vera and Libby copycat??? Yup, guess I will! LOL They are just adorable...and so is the trees topper. I better get on the stick and finish my first one!

paula, the quilter said...

Now that is a wonderful solution for some 'orphans'.

atet said...

Those pillows are great and I love that topper -- the pepermint border is really fantastic!

Carol said...

OMG those pillows are just wonderful...you are one smart girl!

Judy said...

Love them all! The ornament in the center of the first pillow is one of my favorites in the whole book! Very good job!

dot said...

Very nice. I love raping ideas from other bloggers also.

Dawn said...

I love your pillows! I"m glad you finally found something great to do with them!

Elaine Adair said...

So much delightful eye candy! Each item better than the last!

CONNIE W said...

These are wonderful! Love them all.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

You are so motivated Libby - I wish I could do half the things you seem to achieve. I love the cushions - fancy having those blocks in the orphan box all that time. The trees are cute too - I went and had a look at the gallery too.

Perry said...

You have been busy. Nice work with the blocks and some great ideas.

Happy In Quilting said...

Just love your cushions....

Shelina said...

That's a great idea to make pillow cases for the couch throws. I bought some cases, and I just put them over my pillows for a change, but people were upset that I hid the pillows. There are too many pillows to buy more forms for these. I'm going to use them for the throws like you.

Mel said...

Love the pillows. You just gave me the perfect gift idea for my mom. She collects quilt books and I know she does not have that one....

Yvonne said...

Love the pillows....awesome idea. The tree topper is wonderful...I have to get mine made. :)

Lucy said...

what a wonderful idea. I have the book too.. and I hope to find time for a little pillow! It is so cute :-))

Patti said...

What a wonderful way to use those swap blocks. These are going to look go great this year during the holiday season! I love the little tree quilt - but I can't allow myself to start anything new yet!

Greer looks just gorgeous!

Knot Garden said...

I love the pillows, especially that one with the snowman face! Your home is going to look so cosy this Christmas.

Guðrún said...

How clever of you to use the blocks this way.

Finn said...

Hi Libby, love what you did with your spare parts...*VBS* The envelope pillows are just adorable, so very cute and 'prim'. Perfect! And isn't it nice to get those used up? Did you quilt them before you turned them into pillows? Keep up the great job! P.S. my Prairie book is on the dining room table next to a stack of fabrics *G* Hugs, Finn

Quilterin said...

I have this book too and I have to say that your pillows are absolutely great!
Much better than a quilt with these blocks.
Thanks for this wonderful idea!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Wow what great pillows. I think your colour choices are fab and what a great way to make your home Christmassy instantly.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Oh WOW what a cute idea and what darling pillows those are. Sometimes we just have to think outside of the box and that's not always easy. Thanks for inspiring me.

Karen

Berglind said...

Great idea and well done! I love the peppermint border on the treequilt!

Marcie said...

Hi Libby, Add my name to your long list of admirers! I made a bunch of those primitive blocks a while back also, but haven't put them together yet. Yours look great! I am still working on trees!

Alice I. said...

Libby,

That's why I love reading your blog -- you always have wonderful quilty things to share! Your pillows are adorable and the topper is way cute!! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas! Now to go see if I have that block book....lol!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

cute cute cute! Love the pillows!
Love the Christmas Tree sm quilt, I did print that pattern off, I just love it! You have been busy girly.....

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Well done, Libby! The pillows are a fantastic solution to the over abundance of orphans, I LOVE this idea!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I have that book, you have inspired me to get it out.
Like your tree version as well, keep up the good work! Tracey

Laura said...

Libby these are wonderful, what an inspiration you are to all of us!

Screen Door said...

I love the Christmas blocks!!! What a great way to give them "love". You inspire me all the time.

Mary~Rein said...

Gorgeous work!