We've had some milestones...Chris turned 60 on Thursday...and retired last Monday. Wow...where's the time gone?..I don't feel THAT old!
Since we're here for a month I thought I'd work on some pillows for the living room. All the furniture is white slipcoverd so it's easy to change things up a bit just by tossing around new pillows. I've had Pierre Deux (Provencal fabric) pillows up til now (since the house was inspired by a couple of houses on St Barth's, a French protectorate) I thought that was only appropriate...but little bits of Hawaiiana keep creeping in so I thought a graphic version of the traditional Hawaiian quilt designs would be nice. I got the idea from Martha Stewart Living...they have templates and great "how to" directions
white fabric (2 15" squares per)
a sheet of freezer paper 15" square
Cut your fabric squares and a piece of
freezer paper the size you want your finished pillow to be
Fold the freezer paper in half
Now fold it in half the other direction
And then fold opposite corners together to
form a triangle
Sketch your design along the folded edge
(templates are available on marthastewartliving.com)
Carefully cut out the design
(if you were using fabric instead of freezer paper, you could use
the cut out piece and stitch it to an existing pillow) ugh...
LOTS of work!
We're using the OUTSIDE piece...so carefully unfold it and
lay it out on your fabric piece
iron the freezer paper (shiny side down) to
the fabric...warm iron NO steam
Using a foam brush and fabric paint...daub on the paint until
the entire stencil has been filled in and the coverage
is fairly opaque...let dry
Carefully peel back the freezer paper...
Heat set the fabric paint as per mfg instructions
Now sew up a pillow using the second piece of fabric.
I always put in a hidden zipper in the bottom seam
so I can "move" the pillow inserts from case to case