This is a pillow I have been working on. It's one of those projects that has been sitting on my ironing board in pieces ready to sew but just never quite making it to the sewing machine--until tonight! Please tell me that you too have projects in pieces just waiting in line to be finished..............PIPs (projects in progress).
This heart pillow has some lace, some of which is vintage. The fabric is also a vintage moire taffeta in a pale peach. You may recall that I made some slippers from this fabric a while ago too.
I love making heart pillows and have given them as gifts. I have a few of my own that I have hung as ornaments or used as pincushions. This one has a bit more detail on it. I made a shabby 9 patch (faux) quilted patch, and even put in some random stitches to make it appear quilted. I love tiny details and love to include these little touches in my work. "Heartfelt" is hand stamped onto a piece of fabric, frayed and stitched in place for some additional shabby appeal. I hope to have several of these in my ETSY shop soon.
The bow is made from a torn strip of muslin and two strips of ivory tulle. Tulle is one of my favorite
fabrics to work with. It lends such a lovely, delicate, romantic touch to the pillow. I use tulle on lots of sewing and craft projects and it makes the prettiest bows on wedding and shower gifts. I keep a couple of yards in white and ivory on hand at all times.
I love the little spray of vintage flowers in ivory, peach and pale peach.
What inspired me to finish my heart pillow this evening? Well, this morning one of my blogging friends (Diane from Lavender Dreams) emailed me to let me know she had featured me on her most recent blog post. Some time ago, I made her a heart pillow after she left me a very sweet comment under a post about another pillow I had made. So I made one for her and mailed it off to Florida! How nice to see how she has been displaying it in her home. Click here to read Diane's post. It put a smile on my face!
Her post is entitled "Beautiful Friendships". She is referring to all of the wonderful friendships that she has made while blogging over the years. I know exactly what she means as I have met some of the loveliest ladies in blogland myself. We share daily or weekly details of our busy lives with one another and soon it just starts to feel like a conversation among dear friends. I could sit down and chat with many of these ladies over coffee and tea and feel completely comfortable-- as though I have known them for years.
Diane and I stay in touch weekly, sometimes daily and I always look forward to hearing from her. If I am away from my blog for too long, Diane will email me and make sure everything is alright. I check in on her as well.
So tonight I was inspired by my friend to finish this little heart pillow. She gave me an unintentional nudge that I absolutely needed and I am grateful. Many thanks for your your very sweet and timely post Diane. Heartfelt thanks!
Now to tackle all those other projects in pieces!
Link to Diane's blog: Lavender Dreams
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