Monday, November 15, 2010

ANOTHER GIFT FINISHED

First, here is my stack of strip blocks.  I think I have enough for another quilt to donate.  It is so easy to make these and I really love the way they turn out.
I sew the strips to an 8 1/2" piece of telephone book paper.  Then I turn it over and cut off the edges sticking out.
It looks a lot better after being trimmed!
This was going to be a Christmas present for DS#3/DIL, but since we decided to just give stocking stuffers, I will say it is a combined birthday present (since one birthday is in November & one in December).  The pillow is about 48" long and I made it for their bed.  It will go with the quilt I made them a couple years ago.  
I put a zipper in back and piping around the pillow.  This is the first time ever that I put piping on a pillow and I didn't really enjoy the experience, but I'm glad I did it.  Before this, the only piping I applied was to some Christmas stockings.  
The pillow fit perfectly - what a relief!  
How is your gift shopping/making going?  I still have a little shopping to do.  Have a wonderful week!




15 comments:

Katie said...

Shopping? Making? What? Guess I'm behind! (Actually, I am doing a little of both, but not enough to be ready on time.) The string blocks are looking great, but I don't think I'd enjoy getting all that paper off... And the pillow is really sweet. I'm sure it will be much loved.

Lori said...

I love your string quilt!! This is a fun, fast, easy way to use up so many scraps.
Your pillow is wonderful. The piping looks really terrific and was worth the hassle. I'm sure they recipients will love it.

Shakerwood said...

Haven't even started. And will not do much. No grandkids yet and we are all strapped for cash. We may just enjoy each other's company!

Beth said...

I have a lot of gifts made, but I will have to do some shopping too.
Love the string blocks. They are going on my list of things I want to do. My scrap pile is getting tall, so maybe I should just start stitching.
Your pillow is beautiful. All the extra time and effort for the piping was worth it!

Karen said...

I like the long pillow you made. I made a long pillow a good while back but not as long as yours.
We get so many telephone books. Using those pages for the piecing is a good idea.
Your package will be on the way today. I finally got an envelope to mail the items in.

seventhsister26 said...

Shopping? Is it that time of year already??? Time is flying by!!!
I love that pillow you put together. I've never tried piping....not sure if I would;) Are you taking the foundation off before or after you sew those into a top?
Happy Quilting!!

Stray Stitches said...

I haven't done a single thing for Christmas. Today is the deadline for Christmas Wish Lists from family members so I can start shopping tomorrow. I do most of that online. I think there will be only one handmade gift this year. The pillow you made is wonderful. I have never done piping - it sure set off the pillow nicely though!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I bought a little tool and directions several months ago (haven't tried it yet) called Piping Hot Binding. It's supposed to make it easier but I haven't worked up the nerve to do it yet. I do love your pillow though and the embroidery. blessings, marlene

LibbiesHome said...

That pillow is gorgeous! The piping was totally worth the aggravation - it really frames the whole thing so nicely. And I love the phone book/string quilt idea!

---"Love" said...

I agree those blocks are fun to make! And your pillow is really special! ---"Love"

a good yarn said...

I just love your string blocks Ruth and can't wait to make some of my own. The pillow is fabulous! What a lovely gift. Ann :-)

QuiltSue said...

Your cushion is wonderful. I'm sure they'll love it.

I've never tried to make string blocks, but I keep thinking I will have a go.

Teresa said...

I do love that pillow! I have a pattern for a Spring stitchery that I wanted to make into a pillow and I might just have to do the half square triangles like you have. Thanks for the inspiration.

Shasta said...

That is a beautiful pillow! I need something that size / shape for my couch.

Angie said...

What a wonderful gift that pillow is!! I love it! I've never done piping nor put in a zipper. Would love to know how to do both.