This was a sneaky peek I shared on Instagram a couple days ago.
I am excited to share my entry for the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014. Here is my pack of Umbrella Prints Trimmings. At first, I had absolutely no clue what to do with them. I think the first thing that comes to mind is to incorporate an umbrella somewhere. I already did that for last year’s competition.
So, I first chose a background fabric I liked. I thought these gentle waves wouldn’t compete with the trimmings too much. I dumped all the trimmings out on it. The background fabric told me to make something nautical. Don’t ya think?
I played around with making some small sail boats at first. I didn’t like them very much. Then, I decided to go bigger. I ended up with a large ship in the making. I used the umbrella prints trimmings for the sails of my ship. I folded them over to give them a billowing look. I love it! This was the moment I realized my 3 year-old’s demands to watch Jake and the Never-land Pirates on repeat for the last month have influenced my decisions so far. haha! Isn’t it funny how that happens?
Something was missing though…
Everyone knows how much I love novelty type fabrics….right? I couldn’t help pulling some of my nautical prints out and fussy cutting a few bits to add to my ship. Those vikings are awesome! Now, my ship has a crew and other fun cast of characters nearby.
I used one of our sofa pillows as an insert. This is a large pillow(24″X24″). All the better for creating big fish stories of vikings, whales, and of course, mermaids. The piecing and some applique was done using Aurifil 2026. I made the pillow completely on Fancy, my Janome 6600P.
Ignore the surly cat background.
The Ahoy, Story Time Pillow is a big hit around here.
I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with for their packs of trimmings!
Linking up: Crazy mom quilts
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