Em’s school has its annual auction coming up, and while i have been mostly flying under the radar as far as my sewing knowledge goes (no requests to make the class quilt, phew!), i did decide to make something to donate to the silent auction (and earn fundraising credit) – a feather pillow!
the block pattern is from Anna Maria Horner’s feather bed quilt, and if it looks familiar, it’s because i already made one for Caila around Christmastime. i had even saved a couple extra feather halves for this purpose. this time, i went with just a single feather against yarn dyed black essex for a bolder statement.
i quilted it with some red/blue/purple variegated thread (never used that before, kinda fun) and i hope it’s not too crazy looking for the school auction attendees because i want them to bid it up – you know, for the kids! it closes with a zipper.
the back is leaves and berries from hello pilgrim by lizzy house. i only got a fat quarter but need more – it’s so pretty.
i can’t remember how big the pillow is, sorry – sort of a lumbar size i guess? i wanted to keep it – maybe if it doesn’t get many bids at the auction i’ll just buy it back. ;)
oh so here’s a confession – i rarely, like almost never, buy fabric online. i’m spoiled to have four awesome fabric stores within about 20 minutes of my house that each serve a different purpose depending on what i need, PLUS a JoAnn, PLUS a little shop near work just in case i need a thread run on my lunch break. i love being able to touch and see my fabric before buying it and have built good relationships with the gals at Bolt, especially. but this local convenience does pose a bit of a problem with blogging, since none of the stores I shop at have much of a web shop presence (my first lovely fabric sponsor, Britex Fabrics, has amazing fashion fabrics online but not much in the way of quilting cottons, which i sew with often).
enter my newest sponsor, Pink Castle Fabrics.
i reached out to them because i wanted a place to link to when i’m posting my projects so non-locals have a place to actually buy the fabric if you like it. i browsed a few online shops before contacting Pink Castle. i love their general shop aesthetic, and they stock almost all of my favorite designers, so i knew pretty quickly that they’d be a great fit. want to go drool over some fabric/add to your stash? here are my favorite lines that Pink Castle has in stock right now:
plus so much more!! Brenda, the owner, has a really great eye. Pink Castle is in the process of opening a storefront (in Michigan), which is very cool too. oh and have you heard of Camp Stitchalot? how fun does THAT look?! anyway, i’m so happy to have them as a sponsor and i hope you’ll check them out.
now to pick out an outfit for the auction (it’s a “through the decades” theme and her class is assigned to the ’90s which i guess means the husband and i are supposed to dress like that for the event. doc martens and plaid shirts? not the fanciest decade ever…).
PS – film petit is coming!