I tried to find gender neutral prints since I do not know whether I'm having a boy or a girl yet and wound up with these two..how cute are those frogs?? These were quick and simple-I definitely plan to make a bunch more of these later.
The second project I chose to do was a clam shell pillow. This was a bit more time consuming, but I still got it finished in one day and it was good to practice slightly tighter curves.
For sure the most time consuming part was cutting and piecing all these little guys together. I basically had to do it one at a time, which is not how I like to roll, but the pins were getting in the way if I tried to pin a whole row at once.
Here it is all finished. I like to make my own pillow forms as I have plenty of pillows to recover and don't want to spend $15 to buy a pre-made one, so I canibalize an old pillow and use an old sheet or pillow case to make whatever size form I need. This one I think I over stuffed a little bit (which unfortunately led to ripping the zipper a little bit..gr...) so I might redo the form later on, but for now it works and looks quite cute in my living room! I used the same scraps on this that I used to make my Quilted Pillow and Piped Pillow. This also had an invisible zipper which I've never done before (using this great tutorial), and all in all it wasn't that hard. I don't think I sewed close enough to the coils so it's not quite "invisible", but oh well, it works. I've done regular zippers before, and I think this was a little bit easier and didn't take as long so I'll probably try it again.
I must say that today was the most productive sewing day I've had in quite some time... Usually my weekends are mixed with house keeping, running errands and doing stuff with the hubby so I don't have but a few hours to sew at a time. This weeked however, I got all my cleaning and errands done on Saturday and hubby went out hunting with a friend for most of the day so I was able to spend pretty much the whole day sewing--something I don't think I've ever gotten to do. It was so nice and relaxing and very satisfying to finish a few things instead of just adding to the WIP pile. I also got some work done on a paper piecing project that I'll show in a few days that I'm quite excited about! Hope your weekend was as relaxing and productive as mine! :)