Welcome to this week’s edition of TGIFF! I’m happy to host this week, *and* to share a project that sat unfinished for over a year…you’ve been there, too, right? I made these two 12″ blocks as part of the Mighty Lucky Monthly Challenge last year, and they’ve sat around since then. I had no use for them; they’re so stylistically different than anything I’ve worked on before, and while the colors/fabrics used in each block are similar, the pattern on each isn’t exactly complimentary to the other, you know? One block was an under-the-sea exercise in bias tape, and the other was a modern twist with color pop. I had almost forgotten about them…
…and then my son got a fish for Christmas. A snail, too. He named the fish Charger (“even though the Chargers are moving to Los Angeles”), and the snail Wally (“because he climbs on the walls”, said my observant little man). A few days after falling in love with his fish, he noticed the fabrics sitting in a basket on the floor of the room and *literally* jumped, shouting, “MOM! IT’S A BLUE FISH JUST LIKE CHARGER!”. For reals, five year olds are just adorable. I wanted to turn the fabric into something for my little buddy, so I stitched them together into a simple pillow.
To add a bit of extra support to the pillow, I first ironed on a layer of fusible fleece to the wrong side on both the front and back. This pillow, like the others in his room, has a future full of fort making and pillow fighting ahead of it…so the extra layer gave it a bit more of a fighting chance to survive 😉 The fabrics used on the two blocks were the same, so it made it easy to select a binding color that worked for both; the deep warm burnt orange worked so well.
Overall, it was a fun little project to work on for my little man. I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favorites, but it’s one of *his* (“Mom, I’m going to keep this forever and even when I move out and get married and get my own house! Will you still come over and make dinner?”), and that’s all that matters.
(forgive the lighting…I took these photos indoors at night and the light completely bounced around)
So what have you been up to this week?
soma @ whimsandfancies.com says
Very cute pillow! Thank you for hosting!
Thanks, Soma, for both the compliment and for joining in the link up!
So cute!! Isn’t it wonderful that instead of having 2 orphan blocks in your sewing room your son now has a pillow he loves?! 🙂
Izzy, yes, it *is* wonderful! It’s nice to see them have a use, too – each was fun to make as part of the challenge, and little man really loved them 🙂
Five year olds are full of endless energy and amazing wonder! I have to agree the pillow is the perfect! Charger would be proud too!
Haha Jayne, they are full of *so* much energy! I wish you could have seen him showing Charger the pillow…absolutely adorable <3
Celtic Thistle Stitches says
Just goes to show that it was worth hanging on to those blocks, what a real charmer your little guy sounds 🙂
My little guy is the *best* 🙂
It’s cool that you made it double sided! I’m sure it’ll get a lot of use.
Thanks, Vera – it was nice to use up those pieces!
Anja @ Anja Quilts says
This is a great pillow. Both the front and back are creative.
Thanks, Anja – have you tried the Mighty Lucky Challenges? They’re fun!