September 23, 2011

Crane Star Pillow


Inspiration struck this week and I finally finished my Crane Star pillow. It's been so long that I think the panel faded slightly from sitting in the sun through the summer. Note to self... don't leave half finished projects on the floor!

From paper to fabric...



Front & back...

I wanted to try some "not-quite-straight" quilting that I saw at the last Vancouver modern Quilt Guild meeting for the back panels. I like it and it was super fun and fast. My Japanese husband said that the pillow looks very Japanese so I think that's a good sign!

I ran out of the pink fabric that I used for the crane on the front so I had to substitute it with a linen that was a close colour match. I pieced the binding with all six fabrics and added rainbow sashiko on the linen ties to echo the front of the pillow...



Stay tuned for the Crane Star paper-piecing & pillow cover pattern coming soon to my shop!

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

44 comments:

Amy said...

It's just beautiful. I have loved your design from the first time you showed it on Flickr! All the finishing touches like the quilting and handstitches and the back design added so much too!

felicity said...

Laurraine, this is simply stunning. I saw it pinned on Pinterest and gasped out loud. LOVE.

Leigh said...

Simply lovely. Where did you get the fabrics from? xx

Jane said...

I found you from Pinterest, too. Your pillow is just about the prettiest thing I ever saw! And the quilting just added so much! Is that an envelope closure on the back with the tie over it?

Carina said...

QUÉ HERMOSO TE QUEDÓ!!!!
Está buenísimo!!!no paro de maravillarme con tus trabajos...
Besos...
Cloe y Carina

myredbike said...

What a gorgeous pillow, Laurraine! I love seeing how you transformed the paper inspiration to a quilted pillow!

Denise said...

Very cool pillow!

Zuly said...

Beautiful!!!
Good job.
Zuly Castillo U.
COSTA RICA

il mondo di Za said...

is very cute! yes, it looks like the Japanese! sorry, I do not speak English ...

Lena said...

You're magician. Beautyful!

Kalashnikova Yuliya said...

sooooooo beautiful!!!!

Roos said...

Beautiful...you did a great job.

Evelyne said...

It is a gorgeous pillow you make!
It almost looks like origami.

Have nice weekend,
Evelyne

Klik said...

Cute! Really cute!

Jolana said...

Wonderful!!! Great work!

Marina said...

Love it - front and back sides, love the color combinations too.. Very inspiring...

Juliana said...

You are the best! Congratulations for your creations!

pirillinca said...

I think this is the most beautiful quilt I've ever seen! It's absolutely gorgeous!

Debora said...

Your work keeps getting better and better. Simply stunning.

Squirrels do Sew said...

Just beautiful and the back of the pillow is brilliant/ Lotta

Sher said...

I really love those pillows! I especially love the one with the stripes. Love the colors too.

Manoli C. said...

The cushion is very nice, beautiful!
I love the design and quilting, congratulations, you're an artist!

Penny said...

Great cushion Laurraine & I love your website it is even more exciting than when I forst found you 2 years ago. Penny

Lisa said...

Beautiful pillows!

Arita said...

Such a great job. Can't wait for the pattern to be available.

Бирюзинка said...

Indescribable beauty!

Chris said...

Beautiful! I love the colors and the cranes.

Tatkis said...

It looks so beautiful! Stunning!
Your creations are so lovely!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Sue said...

Wow, that's beautiful!

Sew Useful Designs said...

Wow Laurraine - your finished Crane pillow is stunning!! From your colour choices, the design and right through to your quilting and finishing... it's beautiful and I look forward to it becoming a pattern! :-)

Warm wishes from down under!
Vikki xoxoxoxo :-)

Annie @ Originate and Renovate said...

Gorgeous!

Ullan tilkut said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! I love that! It's stunning! I also love Japanese quilting! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)
www.ullantilkut.vuodatus.net

amy dame said...

oh Laurraine, it's stunning. you must be so proud, if i'd made it, i'd be hugging myself with excitement constantly!

it turned out perfectly and the fabrics are brilliant. i can't wait to see the larger version!

Valeria said...

Wonderfull. Non ci sono parole veramente complimenti: Valeria

ALISON said...

You are such an expert .....fantastic.I have just started a course for beginners at patchwork...who knows maybe in yearsto come I shall be as good as you...ciao Alison

megana said...

cudowna podusia ! Piękne rzeczy szyjesz, jestem pod ogromnym wrażeniem...

Magda said...

Beautiful pillow :-) Great idea :-) Greetings from Poland :-)

Cottage Crafts said...

Yeah... finally worked out how to follow your blog... I am loving this pillow so much.. My old friend from school taught me how to make cranes in an English lesson once, and we used to make hundreds for other friends during breaks... Such pretty colours you have used..:O)

Юлия said...

Very beautiful!

domoshar said...

Goregous! Your creations are so warm!

Crane was the third origami I showed my kid. We both love cranes and I see a crane pillow on the couch pretty soon. Just before the pride of the skill has vanished :)

Carolyn S. said...

So lovely and inspiring! and doesn't Pinterest rock?

fialka012 said...

♡❤♡

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's wonderful!

aline said...

LOVE the quilt that the cushion is sitting on too