Hurricane Sandy bonus post

I’m stuck at home because of Hurricane Sandy so I decided to write an extra post with small projects:

I made this for my former coworker E’s baby boy.  I’d bought a kit from Keepsake Quilting.  It’s a panel with jungle animals.  I quilted an outline around the elephant’s head by hand.  (You can tell by looking at the rather messy stitches on the back.)

The front of the baby quilt

A close up of the elephant, which I quilted around

The back of the quilt

You can see the outline of the elephant, which I’d done in green thread.  I’m sorry I don’t have better pictures of it.  Anyway, buying a kit makes things so simple – just two panels sewn together and then the quilting left.

I also made a pillow when M, a friend from college, got married.  I used squares made of two triangles.  There are four patches (made of four two-triangle squares) that form yellow or red diamonds in the center.  The rest of the patches alternate blue and black triangles.  The patches with the diamonds also alternate blue and black triangles on the edges of the diamonds.

The front of the pillow

Another shot

The back uses stripes of black, red, blue, and yellow, incorporating fabrics that also appeared on the front.

The back of the pillow

You’ll notice that the fabrics are what quilting fabric stores call “Oriental.”  I like to buy the Asian-inspired fabrics, because they’re just so pretty.  They form a large portion of my whole collection.  The effect on the front is really lovely, isn’t it?  I should replicate it and make one for myself.  I don’t remember if I made this pattern myself or if I found it somewhere – the wedding was several years ago.  The pillow isn’t quilted.  I never quilt pillows I make and rarely bother to embroider them.

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