Sunday, 25 September 2011

Retro Pillow Finished...

Machine quilting barely visible around flower centre and petals...

Yay!!! I've finished my Retro pillow.

When I signed up for the Retro Pillow Challenge, I had three aims:
  1. build up my sewing skills
  2. meet some new people
  3. have fun
Obvious machine quilting...


Our hosts for the challenge were Keren, from Sew La Vie! and Rikka, from Ricochet and Away! Pop on over to the Retro Pillow Challenge page to meet all the participants.

Machine quilting, machine embroidery, machine appliqué...


For the first time, I tried several new (to me) sewing techniques: hand appliqué, patchwork, machine embroidery and quilting. At the same time I improved my skills with techniques I had used before: machine  appliqué and hand stitching. I tried hand quilting, but with little success. That's a skill to learn on a new project. I love to learn new things and I certainly did that while making my pillow.


Hand stitching on two circles...

Most importantly, I had fun making my Flower Power pillow. I certainly achieved all three aims. To top it off, I'm very happy with how it turned out. Here's my finished pillow, in its new home; our guest room.




Previous Retro Pillow Challenge posts:




Pop on over to see all the pillows entered in the challenge...

43 comments:

  1. Pam, you have done an awesome job. I really love the purple against the dark background. It really looks fantastic :-)

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  2. I love it! You have certainly nailed the brief in terms of retro with the flowers and the colours!

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  3. this pillow is super funky! what a great project to be involved in.

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  4. Pam it turned out great!! I am LOVEing how the purple pops off the black. You put so many great details into it. You did a fantastic job!

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  5. This is lovely and fun. The closer you look, the more precious it becomes. I am so impressed with your dedication to details and your whole-hearted participation in this challenge. Bravo!

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  6. Awesome! I am very impressed that you used so many new techniques and you did excellent work. So many beautiful details!

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  7. New follower from Finding New Friends blog hop! Hoping you follow back!! =0)

    My Crazy Life

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  8. It looks beautiful! So good! I still haven't started mine and hope to do it in a couple of days! fingers crossed!

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  9. Wow, looks amazing! I like how each flower has its own unique detail, but they all tie in together to make one beautiful cushion.

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  10. Pam, the pillow is wonderful! I love the color, the pattern...I love every detail.
    gratulations

    suzy

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  11. Hello Pam, Welcome to blog land. You are going to love it. People are very kind and generous to each other. (as I have found) I'm new too, I've been blogging since July. I absolutely love your pillow. The colors are perfect. Come see me if you get a chance. Sandie

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  12. Oh so pretty! I love the colours, I'm a lilac fan :)

    Starry
    (Small Blog Meet)

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  13. Love your pillow! Very cute! I love all the machine embroidery on it. You did a great job! Found you through Lily's Fresh Sewing Day!

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  14. Found you from Lily's Quilts! Great pillow...keep up the blogging. :)

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  15. This pillow is super retro and I love all your embellishments. Thanks for adding it to Eat, Grow, Sew!

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  16. That pillow is just beautiful Pam! Well done on all your hard work!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  17. Hi Pam
    This pillow is gorgeous! Love the colors. I found you from Debbiedoos newbie list, I'm also a newbie.

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  18. Hi, I also found you from Debbiedoo's newbie list. Love the purple. Great work. You'll have to check out my site when you get a chance. http://redflycreations.blogspot.com

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  19. Hi Pam. I hope you meet all your aims. I love your retro pillow. TFS all your beautiful stitching and giving a mini tutorial on yur process. I have joined your followers list and extend an invite to you to join me as well. I also love to sew, btw. Also, I hope you will pick up my blog button when you visit. Enjoy your pillow til we meet again. Hugs, Gayle.
    http://atastefultouch.blogsot.com

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  20. I love the pillow! You did and awesome job!

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  21. I love your pillow! The purples are very pretty! I am now a follower. I would love it if you would check my blog out too!

    Melanie
    www.youmadethat.blogspot.com

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  22. Hi Pam! What a cute pillow you've made!! LOVE the colors!! I just saw your post over on Debbiedoo's newbie linkie party! I am a newbie, as well and your newest follower. I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!!

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  23. I just came over from Sew Happy Geek - I lour your pillow! It is so fun!!!

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  24. Love the variety of fabrics and stitches!

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  25. I love it. It's retro but cool and modern too.

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  26. This turned out so fun! I love it!

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  27. What a fun, colorful pillow! I love how it turned out! Great job making it look so pretty! Thanks for sharing @ Show & Share!

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  28. This is so cute. my daughter would love the colors!

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  29. wow it turned out so cool! thanks for sharing:) i love it!!
    http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

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  30. Love it- the details on it is FABULOUS!

    I would love if you can link it up to my weekly party @ http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/10/made-by-me-2-and-last-weeks-link.htmlQ

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  31. I love that fantastic pattern and my favourite colour.

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  32. I love this pillow! I want one! I would love for you to and share with Blog Stalking Thursday Link Party! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/10/blog-stalking-thursday-11.html

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  33. Very nice pillow. I would love for you to share your tallents at my weekly linky party. Fri-monday come sturt your stuff, anything goes.
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

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  34. i love this! it is so great. i would love for you to link this or any other post up to my link party flashback fridays....a place where bloggers can link up vintage, retro, old posts, or anything that comes to mind when hearing the word "flashback".
    here is the link if you are interested:
    http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2011/10/flashback-fridays-6.html

    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  35. Wow, I totally love it! You did a fantastic job! The colors and the design are so appealing. It's obvious you put a lot of work and time into it. I'd love for you to link it here:

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/10/welcome-to-week-6-of-falling-for-crafts.html

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  36. This is awesome.. Great neat idea....So cute.. Officially following ya from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.. I'm Marilyn & Hope you can stop in sometime.. Off to indulge in all your creative explosion here.. : ))

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  37. love your pillow and so happy you stopped by to share it on Craft Schooling Sunday! all the best!

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  38. Great pillow...the colors and detail are perfect. Thanks for sharing :)

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