Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Birthday, Girlfriend

***I wanted to answer a couple of the questions in the comments. I definitely used a pattern for the pillow. The signature is my actual signature though. I wrote it and scanned it and had a stamp made of it. So for this, I stamped it and then stitched over the stamping. The pillow didn't take long. I probably worked on it for about 5 days but only a couple hours a day. This includes starting it and changing my mind on the colors and starting over. It took me longer to find all of the fabrics I wanted to use. The original pattern was in the July/August 2007 issue of Quiltmaker magazine. They don't sell that issue anymore, but a very helpful commenter left a link to this site which is selling the pattern: Silver Linings Quilting. Thanks, Regina!! And thanks for everyone else's comments too. I appreciate each and every one. :) ***

I have a friend from high school who recently had a birthday. When we were in HS we were close but had a falling out (we laugh about it now). Shortly after HS we made up and became practically inseparable. Now we live 2000 miles apart and thanks to facebook, can keep in touch easily. She recently lost her dog so I decided to make her this cute paper pieced puppy pillow that I saw in a magazine a while back. She has had a rough time of it lately, so I was happy to send her something to lift her spirits. Here's the pillow:



Here is the back. I used this tutorial to put the zipper on it. When you use a full pillow form like I did, the front seems like it looks better with a zipped back and I liked the look of a hidden zipper. The tutorial was very easy to follow.



I decided to embroider my name on the back. I used my usual name stamp to stamp the image, and then just did a simple backstitch to embroider it.



Here is a simple card I made for her. I knew she would probably get it late (although she got it later than I was hoping) so the inside says "oops! It's a hare past your birthday". I didn't think to take a picture of the inside.


ingredients:
Stampin' Up Birthday Banter stamp set
Stampin' Up Cloud embossing folder
Copic Markers
EK Success border punch
Kraft cardstock: Stampin' Up
White cardstock: Neenah Paper
Green Cardstock: Bazzill

24 comments:

Lynn Murphy said...

What a wonderful present and I love the colors. The dog is adorable and you are so talented. Love the signature too - Do you do this freehand or use patterns? I love the card. Simple yet elegant.

Mary Pat Siehl said...

that pillow is amazing! totally love it! and you card is just perfection!!

June K said...

Beautiful work, Gale.What a lovely gift. I love all the details.

Crystal said...

I love the pillow it is so cute. I really need to learn to sew my daughters would love it.

jimlynn said...

Gale, this pillow will just have to cheer her up!! IT'S AWESOME!!! So very cute and what a fantastic job you did on it.
Love the card too. Those little clouds and the rabbit are darling.
Lynn

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Gale - that pillow is amazing!
And your card is so cute!!

Fleursbydesign said...

Cute card and pillow :)

Danielle said...

That pillow is WOW! I love it!

Melissa Boo said...

Pillow looks great! How long did that take?

Marcy said...

Beautiful pillow and adorable card! It's funny how people come and go but it's always awesome to have a great best friend in our lives. This is a very special gift and I know she will love it.

Kristi said...

Can you please tell me in which magazine you found the directions for that pillow? I would love to try to make one. Thanks!

(I found your blog from Sew Many Ways.)

Cheryl said...

Gayle, Love how you embroidered your name on the back.. Very sweet! Oh, and your card too...! I know your friend will treasure it always.

Regina Silva said...

Kristi, good morning:
I also loved that puppy, I found the pattern here: www.SilverLiningsOriginals.com

Jingle said...

Awwww! That pillow is so sweet and so amazingly pieced! Very nice gift! I love the card you crafter for her, as well!

Chris D. said...

OMGee Gale! I absolutely adore this pillow and that card is too stinkin' adorable!

Becky said...

So sweet of you to make this for your friend!! That pillow is beautiful and I love that embossing folder you used on the card!

Kristi said...

Thank you for the link to the pattern. I just might try it!

Tracy said...

Wow, your pillow is stunning.
I am in awe of your work.
The hidden zipper is ingenious.

Your card is adorable.
I love the clouds so cool, and your bunny is so so cute :)

Jennifer Schmidt said...

Oh my goodness, Gale, that is the cutest pillow ever and such a thoughtful perfect gift for the circumstances. That card is quite adorable as well! Love that embossed cloud background and the cute sentiment :)

Penny said...

Holy cow! That pillow is AMAZING! Beautiful workmanship, I would never have the talent or the patience to make one like that! Love Penny

Cr8ive ME said...

What an awesome pillow.

And I love that card. I think I just ordered the cloud EF.

Hugs,
Mary

P.S. Brown Coats Unite

MiamiKel said...

Oh my stars, Gale - you are one amazingly talented lady! This is beyond cute!! The pillow is one to treasure always - the look on the sleepy puppy is pure delight! the card is super sweet, too! xoxo

Hope said...

That dog looks amazing, you've chosen the perfect fabrics for it. Such an amazing gift.

Linda McClain said...

Wow! As a lover of golden retriever puppies, I freakin' love this. Adorable!

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