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!


  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.

  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.

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

  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!

  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.

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

  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?

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