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 :

  1. 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!

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

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

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  4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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  9. Beautiful...you did a great job.

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

    Have nice weekend,
    Evelyne

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

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  12. You are the best! Congratulations for your creations!

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

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  14. Your work keeps getting better and better. Simply stunning.

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

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

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

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

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

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  20. Beautiful! I love the colors and the cranes.

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

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  22. 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 :-)

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  23. 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

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  24. 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!

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  25. Wonderfull. Non ci sono parole veramente complimenti: Valeria

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  26. 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

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

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

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  29. 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)

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  30. 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 :)

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

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  32. LOVE the quilt that the cushion is sitting on too

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