February 07, 2011

Dresden Pillow

How have you been?  I've been turning out circles here.

I've been working on hand stitching the center circles onto the Blue Dresden Plates, I'm nearly done with those with 10 down and 6 left to stitch on.  Then I will need to pick up some blue silk thread to stitch the entire plate onto the background.  So far everything is nice and flat sans puckers so I'm considering using glue to glue the plates to the background fabric instead of pins.  Does anyone have experience with this method?  I read something about school glue that would wash out and I have used glue sticks for single layer applique before but never anything this heavy, I'll have to look into as I'm not clear on what effect the glue will effect quilting.

I also wanted to make a matching Dresden Pillow.  I knew I wanted to flip it and stuff it through the center hole so while I'm in the midst of all this hand stitching I knew it was time to make it.  First I lined the blocks so the final pillow will not beard.  I sewed the pillow wrong sides together with first one side of the lining, then I trimmed the lining to within 1/8" of the seam edge and then added the second lining panel.  After flipping and turning out my corners I stuffed the pillow nice and full with some leftover shredded batting.  I think it turned out nice.  Even though I have yet to add the closing circle I've already had requests from DD to play with it. If that doesn't validate my pillow lining I don't know what will!


stitchinpenny said...

The pillow looks like it would hold up to some rough treatment and still be fine. The quilt and the pillow will really dress the bed or whatever surface you put the on.

Heather Landry said...

Oh my goodness how pretty Liz!!! I am totally loving this quilt and that pillow is fantastic. I wish I knew what to tell you about the glue. I hope someone else knows!

I didn't mean to make you tear up on my blog. Don't you feel the same way about Jessica though? Where on Earth did all the time go?!

QuiltSue said...

I THINK that the glue might gum up your needle a little when you are quilting and it also could make it tricky for the hand sewing part. I've never tried it though, so I'm going to ask my friend QuiltHaze. If it were me, I'd grab some scraps and try it first.

Quilthaze said...

Your Dresden pillow is gorgeous! I have used glue sticks for various jobs and don't have a problem with them gumming up the needle. I use a thin smear of a childrens glue stick (Elmers?)rather then Pritt which is too sticky and can leave blobs. QuiltSue is right - you should test it out first to see if it works on your fabric. Good luck!

Vicki said...

your pillow turned out great and the blues are so nice a vibrant. I can hardly wait to see the quilt.