Sunday, April 3, 2011

Done...but not finished.

My Cathedral Windows pillow is coming along. 
I have all 12 windows sewn now
I will admit I struggled a bit at first to get my machine and fingers to coordinate to make the curved seams.  In fact, I started to wonder if I shouldn't just hand stitch instead.
But, my frustrating work week made me determine to "conquer" this new challenge and I set out to show my machine a thing or two!  And that I did.  As you can see in the picture above, I am now experimenting with button type and placement.
I spent a little time at the store yesterday searching for the "perfect" buttons.  The tutorial says they're optional.  And at first, I wasn't sure I wanted them.  But I think with this fabric, the buttons complement the semi-formal look.  I really love the center button (see below).
It has the same paisley swirl as some of the window prints. But I thought it was a tiny bit large and heavy for the whole pillow so I decided on some smaller, lighter, lacy looking buttons for the rest of the spots. 
Now I just have to go back to the store and hope there are enough to finish this off.

So there you have it, the windows are done, but I still have a ways to go before the pillow is finished.

Next, I'm going to learn to make my own piping.  Yet, another challenge.  But no rush.  One step at a time.
 P.S.  A special thanks once again to Melissa at Lilac Lane for her tutorial and inspiration!


Melissa @Lilac Lane said...

Beautiful! Don't you love when it starts to come together? I still haven't posted the finished ones yet, so I'll wait for you.

Faith S. said...

Wow, love it. Sorry I could not comment on your earlier blogs this week, but all heck broke loose in the house (paint, tarps, tile, etc.). I had no computer hookup.

Love the colors and buttons. Can't wait to see the finished product!


Bailey said...

It's looking fabulous, I love it!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Gorgeous pillow! The buttons are the perfect accent. Great job!!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Congrats!! Looks fabulous!

Karen said...

Fabulous Wendy!!! The fabric is so beautiful and perfect for your windows. LOVE the buttons too.

Mermaid's Purse said...

I really like the colours you've chosen - very classy!!