Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Halloween Pillow

You have to play to win...

I like that saying, play to win, I think it applies to more than just the lottery. It mean branching out, taking risks, and stepping out of your comfort zone. For me this year it meant entering the Creative Arts Competition for the Texas State Fair. A good friend of mine has entered many items in the past and encouraged me to enter too. I know I have decent sewing skills but with any new adventure the fear of failure often keeps me on the sidelines. I decide to overcome that fear and jump right into the deep end and enter three items into the fair. One of those items was a Halloween pillow.

Halloween, but not to Halloween

For my pillow I search the deep, dark corners of Pintrest and the web looking for the perfect pattern. I needed something clean, minimalist, and modern. My pillow, inspired by a mini-quilt I saw on Pintrest, fits the bill. 

My Process

I started out making a sketch on graph paper (I use a graph lined composition book). Once it was laid out on paper, I jumped to Illustrator to make a paper-piece pattern for the 90 degree triangle. 

I used an assortment of Spellbound by Cotton and Steel and Spooktacular Eve by Maude Asbury. The only trouble I ran into was making sure I flipped the pattern over when fussy cutting the fabric.

Lessons Learned

I knew I would need to mark my quilting lines to insure crisp lines. I took out my favorite marking pens, Pilots Frixion pens and marked quarter inch lines, then quilted along the marked lines with a light grey thread. Everything was going smoothly...or so I thought. 

Normally with a Frixion pen you take your fabric to the ironing board, iron over the line and then BOOM no more lines. But this time disaster struck. Instead of the lines disappearing they turned white and no amount of ironing would make them go away. It felt like I went from watching David Cooperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear, to a bad magician at a kids birthday party. I was devastated.

But there was light at the end of tunnel. After some Googleing, I soaked my quilted top in wool wash (all I had on hand), then scrubbed at the lines with a toothbrush. And Hallelujah it worked, the lines disappeared. I laid it out to dry and the next morning the lines had not come back. 

Moral of the story: Do not use Frixion pen to mark quilting lines, especially on dark fabric. In the words of Captain America "Son, just don't".


I'm a winner! My Halloween pillow received a second place ribbon in its category.  


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