I finally finished something crafty. I actually finished this tree pillow yesterday morning but didn't have the chance to get the pillow form until just now.
Yesterday, I spent most of the day clothes shopping with my 15 year old son. My 12 year old daughter would have been totally into it, but my son is the one who really needed clothes. It was painful for both of us, but we did manage to come back with three pairs of pants, three shirts, a pair of shoes, a sweatshirt, and a jacket. (He really needed clothes. He's been wearing his summer camp uniform every day he can get away with it. If I never see a royal blue t-shirt on him again, I'll be happy.) Enough about that.
The tree form is something that I started doodling one day in a meeting at work. I liked it so much that I ended up making it into a full-fledged picture.
Then I simplified it a bit to make it into a quilt block for my tree-themed month in the Fresh Comfort Virtual Quilting bee. (That was over a year ago, and I still haven't sewn my blocks together into a quilt. Yikes.)
Then for Valentine's Day, I decided it would be fun to make the same tree with heart-shaped leaves into a pillow. I wish I'd gotten it done in time for a Valentine's Day post, but I don't think it's overly Valentine's Day-ish. I'm planning to use it year round. (Or maybe put it in my Etsy shop - still trying to decide.) I've done a lot of raw edge applique before but always before I did any quilting. This time, I decided that I would use the raw edge applique as the quilting. I think this might be called "appliquilting". I quite like how it came out. It makes the tree and heart-shaped leaves just the slightest bit puffy. I did go ahead and quilt the rest of the pillow with stippling.
Oh and I'm entering this in the Sew Mama Sew Pillow Contest, so keep your fingers crossed for me.
Ooh - I just came across another pillow contest, so I'm going to enter it there, too.