Tuesday 19 February 2019

My Day of Dusting off a Quilt Book

It's my day too show an old a forgotten quilt book. This blog hop is being hosted by Beaquilter. The idea was to dust off, excuse me while I find the duster it's around here some place. Ahh dust bunnies be gone. Anyway the idea was to make a project from it.

After doing a big clean a few years ago, I thought I had given away my older quilt books. Imagine my surprise at finding a book from 1994. I think I kept it as I liked a couple of the projects in it.

1994 I think I may be dating myself, a hardcover book at that.

A couple new pillows for my living room where on my to do list. What better time to start than now. 

this is the project I decided on

I pulled some scraps and got to it. The house is appliqued and for that I used my favourite method, Crafted Applique by Lara Buccella. I used Superior MonoPoly thread and the buttonhole stitch to stitch down the applique. In no time at all I had the pillow top done.

please excuse the dull colours due to lack of sunshine

I quilted it simply with some big loops in the background and swirls in the borders to keep it soft. I used my favourite batting Hobb's Premium 80/20. 

ahh finally some sun to brighten things up

For the pillow back I used Winter Elegance from in The Beginning Fabrics that I picked up from Stitch-It Central. I like zipped backs for my pillows. I am not going to do a tutorial as there are a lot of good ones on the internet. You can find a tutorial here.

zippered back

For the binding I used the backing fabric cut at 2'' instead of my usual 2 1/4''. 

An older book can have patterns that are still relevant today made with more up to date fabrics and even methods. I think my pillow adds a little charm to the place.
Take a look through your own collection. You never know what might inspire you. 

To see pillow number 2 come back on March 12th for the 'Text-it' Blog Hop.

To see what others have found in their collections visit  the following blogs. 

Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches

Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew
Brenda at songbirddesigns


  1. Your pillow is such a nice start to my day. I love the crisp look of the zippered back. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Adorable pillow is new fresh colors!

  3. Really cute pillow! I love house blocks and the fabrics you chose are perfect for your project. Have a fabulous day!

  4. This is so cute! I love the idea of this hop. So many treasures we forget about because we get distracted by new ones :)

  5. I just love your little pillow...cute cute cute

  6. this is wonderful. i love the heart on the house. thanks for sharing. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  7. That is a really pretty pillow.

  8. Don't you love it when the sun comes out when you're trying to take a photo of a finished project?!?

  9. Very cool pillow! It is so pretty! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  10. Such a sweet and pretty pillow...love the house! Your quilting and fabrics were perfect for this. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I have that book too. There are still some cute things in there that make me want to hang on to it. I've made the plaid quilt, it's one of my favorites. I made the Wild Goose Chase with a chintz fabric for the big squares. I still want to make the pink baby quilt with the ice cream cone border. Your pillow turned out lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Aww, that's a super sweet pillow.

  13. You really did a nice job with the pattern in that book. Enjoy and thanks for offering a giveaway!

  14. Such a cute pillow. I love Lara's method.

  15. Wonderful pillow! True confession, I dusted off a few and got rid of a few more books...perfect blog hop for me.

  16. Your pillow is so cute! It's so fun to see what you can make from an old book.

  17. You certainly did brighten up your house block with cute fabrics. Your pillow turned out lovely!

  18. Those old books hold so many treasures. You have found a great one!

  19. Your pillow is so pretty. House blocks are one of my favorites!

  20. Your pillow is terrific! It's a wonderful pattern (you know how a house block is pretty much tied with stars for my favourite block) and I love what you did with yours. Lara's appliqué method is my favourite too!

  21. I have this book. I almost chose this project! You did a beautiful job of it. Thank you for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat

  22. What a sweet little cushion! I agree that old books can be just as useful as new ones. Different fabrics can make all the difference :)

  23. That is a really cute pillow. I also like the Crafted Appliqué technique.


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