Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Brrr! Quilt and Pillow

I knew I wanted to pair the Brrr! Laurie Wisbrun and Robert Kaufman sent me, with some Kona solids.  I pulled Kona red, jade green, aqua, medium grey, and white, as well as some prints from my stash.  I edited this stack as I started piecing.  I found that the darker gray and blacks were overpowering the others, so out they went.  Prints with a lot of white were great coordinates, and I love a good stripe and dot.
I wanted to keep the quilt really simple to feature the large polar bear dots fabric.  You can cut one bear dot from a 3 1/2 inch square or four dots from a 6 1/2 inch square.  I made a classic patchwork throw with 6 inch squares (finished).  I think fabric choice is what makes or breaks this style of quilt, and I mostly happy with my choices.
The quilt is 54 x 66 which is a great size for a couch quilt.  I backed it with Ruby gray scallop in flannel.  This is super snugly!
And this pillow is actually the first idea that came to my mind when I saw the fabrics.
I don't know why, but I just thought the bears wanted to take a rocket ship to the moon.  Hopefully Laurie will appreciate the whimsy of this piece as much as my boys do.  I added some hand stitched details to the ship with pieces of selvage for fun.  The moon rocks are machine quilted with a pebble design and I added some stars in the sky.
I used the freezer paper applique method and stitched it down with my machine.  The little portals/windows were done the same way but reverse applique.
The back of the pillow is just as cute with larger pieces of my two favorite prints.
Come back tomorrow for one last little Brrr! project and a giveaway!

24 comments:

Heather D. said...

The bears in the rocket ship idea was an awesome one! SO cute. Love the quilt too.

Alexis said...

OK, I am DYING over that pillow. My son would LOVE that! So adorable.

LynCC said...

How cool is that rocket pillow?!!! What a terrific set. Love the colors and the playfulness of the fabrics and your design. :)

Laurie Wisbrun | Scarlet Fig said...

Cannot breathe over cuteness of rocket pillow. You are brilliant. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. Seriously cannot breathe!!

Ginny Axtell said...

What a great combination! Love the quilt and the pillow. Inspired!

Katie B. said...

The rocket ship is brilliant!

tabbiegirl said...

These are adorable - the pillow is so original!

Jenny said...

im loving your rocket pillow! how clever!

rachael said...

the bear pillow is FABulous!!

Richard Healey said...

I love the space ship and the polar bears looking out so cool.

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CitricSugar said...

Beautiful quilt but I love that pillow! Too cool! That's some imagination...

beth lehman said...

AWESOME JOB - so perfect!!!

melissa said...

They are both so lovely, I bet your boys love it!

x

Sonia B said...

Love that pillow!!! Too cute.

Mary Anne said...

I'll bet that you had a blast making these! Perhaps a whole Polar Bear Travel Pillow series is in order? Can't you just see the bears peaking out of airplane windows? Cruise ship portholes? Submarines??? So So Cute!!!

Elizabeth said...

You pillow is just perfection! You should definitely make it a pattern, such a fabulous set with the quilt. You are on a roll!

Kim said...

I think the polar bears were just trying out for a rocket ship, they look so at home there. I'd love to have a play with these fabrics.

Deb said...

I love the quilt. And that pillow... what a clever idea... It turned out so stinkin' cute!

Pieces of Cotton said...

Those bears in the rocket ship - oh my word - I've never seen anything cuter!

Mary said...

Adorable!

Julie J said...

I love this so cute. I pinned this before I saw your request to be contacted first. So sorry. I gave you full credit and I love your stuff. You are so talented.

Nic said...

Yeah, I know I'm 6 months late, but I just saw your pillow (and quilt) for the first time, via Hawthorne Threads. Followed the links here :)

LOVE LOVE LOVE the spaceship bears. Such a cool idea. Would you mind terribly if I pinched it? Of course, I don't actually own any Brrr yet. Will have to remedy that

Auntie Pami said...

Sweet! I need some holiday decor and I'm sure lovin' this fabric!

Sol Ramos said...

Do you sell this items?, I'm looking for a cot bedding set. PLease tell me how much for a comforter and bumper.

Regards!