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 S. 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 said...

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

Ann Marie 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!!