January 12, 2014

Sew Solid Sunday #1

Welcome to the first Sew Solid Sunday!  I love, love, love working with solids.  I know there are some of you out there who love them too, but there are also some who'd like to give them a try, but just can't quite make the jump from their beloved prints.  I'm hoping Sew Solid Sunday will give everyone some ideas and inspiration.

So here's what I am planning: a Sew Solid Sunday post the second Sunday of every month (all that alliteration should help you remember which week ;) ) featuring a project done in solids; a linky party where you can link to a blog post you've done since the last SSS featuring a project made with solid fabrics; a little giveaway for those who join the linky party; and maybe some tutorials.  What do you think?  What would you like to see?


On to the first project!  The #economyblockalong over on Instagram (and Flickr) grabbed my attention and I just 
had to join in.
An economy of red
A lot of people are doing adorable blocks with fussy cut centers, but I wanted to play with solids.  I used Rita's tutorial to make 16 blocks that finish at 5" - perfect for a 20" pillow.  My house could really use some new pillows, so I chose an aqua-ish theme with a few red accents.  Specifically, the colors I used are Robert Kaufman Kona solids in seafoam, dusty blue, azure, bahama blue, white, snow, bone, eggshell, chinese red and poppy.  I used my usual process of laying out all the pieces randomly and then adjusting a bit from there.  With the trimming required, I wouldn't call this a fast project, but with 16 blocks it wasn't too slow either.

For the quilting, I treated the whole top as one economy block and quilted a square spiral in the center square, triangular spirals in the second layer and straight lines in the outer triangles.  I finished the back with a hidden zipper using my tutorial from the Linked Pillow Along and added the binding.

So grab a Sew Solid Sunday button, let me know what you think and we'll get the linky party started in February!

9 comments:

  1. I look forward to this series. I too have found a love of solids but have also discovered that after sewing with solids for awhile I am quite anxious to get back to a flood of large scale prints and a little chaos. Hope to link up with your parties.

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  2. That's a great idea and the pillow is gorgeous!! Unfortunately my quilting life is all over the map these days so linking up anywhere on a regular basis is just not going to happen. I look forward to seeing the projects.

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  3. I love your pillow! The quilting is fantastic! I love solids...love. So I shall grab the button and play a long!

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  4. This is a great idea for a serie. I love the colors you chose for the economy block and they were layout. Lovely pillow!

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  5. Beautiful pillow, and I love your idea for the linky party. Not sure if I will be able to join in and play along but I'd like to try.

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  6. I love the solid economy blocks. Can one link any solid project or are you thinking that they will make the pillow?

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  7. I LOve solids and think a solids linky would be great fun. I was thinking economy blocks would be a great way to use up my bazillion solid scrap triangles. Or lots of tiny geese?

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  8. Very fun! Just seeing this today but will be following from now on and hopefully participating now and then!

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