Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jellybean-a-thon last stop!

Last in the line up for the Jellybean-a-thon is right here!

When I met Thomas last year, I never knew how much I would just adore him, I had seen his fabric and had followed him on twitter but to getting to know Thomas on a more personal level has been very dear to me.  He is passionate about art and his family and did you know he is super sweet ( shhhhh...do not tell him I let you in on that secret, he'd just deny it anyway).  He is also an incredible designer for Andover Fabrics  and has some fabulous fabric collections.

When he asked me if I would play in the Jelly-bean-a-thon, I said sure, not knowing WHAT I was going to do for sure but isn't that the way that the best ideas come about?  Well, that and deadlines,lol! I was also, confused since I had always thought of this print as eggs not beans.  When the frijoles or huevos came in the mail I was still slightly stumped.

Aren't they lovely!?!

 I was cleaning my sewing room and found a dresden plate template that I was going to use...you know...someday...

Someday finally came and I used it for this pillow cover that will be the companion to the "Milo" quilt for the Knauer offspring to play and read and love and cuddle on.  It measures about 24inches square. The background fabric is Robert Kaufman Linen in chartreuse ( sexy color).  The blue is I *think* Kona royal but do not hold me to that one.  It is the same as I used on the Milo Quilt. The center is not the traditional center but inset circles using this tutorial.  I echo quilted around the petals with Aurifil 50wt green 1231 and then I went ALL crazy and did funky free motion quilting in Aurifil 40wt blue 5006. The inner circle, not sure what I was thinking but those are tiny circles and the needle was half the size of the circle in some of those, once I did it, it had to stay, I love it!
 It is hand bound which I never do but this had to be just right!

Here is a better shot of the quilting. I was listening to 60's and 70's music while trying to decide what to do, The Beatles came on and so I can honestly say that the Fab Four were the inspiration for this whimsical quilting. I have never done anything like this before but after Quiltcon, I was inspired to at least TRY!

If you have missed the other Jellybean projects go check them out!!!! They are ALL amazing!

Feb 25: Thomas Knauer
Feb 26: Allegory Lanham
Feb 27: Tracy Mooney
Feb 28: Sara Lawson
March 1: Rachael Gander
March 2: Rashida Coleman-Hale
March 3: Heide Mueller-Hatton
March 4: Audrie Bidwell

Thank you Thomas for letting me play!!!! I hope you and your family will love the pillow!

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