Sunday, February 12, 2012

Finished Curves Projects!

I am so proud to say that I FINISHED the two projects I did for this weeks curves projects! I had a lot of fun making these and it was a nice way to ease into sewing curves.  The first project was baby bibs (how perfect!)
Bib 1

Bib 2

Bib 3

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 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.
Clam Shells 1

Clam Shells 3

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. 

Clam Shells 4

Clam Shells 7

Clam Shells 5

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 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! :)


  1. The frogs are my favorite and oh so cute. The pillow is really beautiful and looks like it was very time consuming but well worth it. I can't wait to see what you make next! Oh and my husband is next to me while I am on the iPad and he said congratulations on the baby news too.

    1. Thanks Sarah! And tell your hubby thanks too :)

  2. You know, when I see all of these Clamshell pillows from our group, there is not ONE I don't think is just beautiful. I can't remember a pattern/technique that looks so darned good every single time. Makes me think I should try a small clamshell quilt.

    I love those colors on yours.......and the bibs are cute too. I bet Rachel is smiling at all these successes; she planned very well, huh?

    1. I LOVE the clamshell pillow, Rachel did a wonderful job coming up with these's only week two and I already feel like this class was well worth it :)

  3. I love, love, LOVE hearing you say what a productive, good-feeling you had with your weekend. So glad I could be part of making that happen!