It's funny, sometimes out of sadness comes real beauty. When I learned that a dear friend of mine was moving for a great job opportunity, I was sad. She's been a good friend to me, and to my family, and while I'm sad to see her go, I'm excited about this new phase of her life for her. As I often do when I feel intensely about something, I took to my sketchbook, and sketched out what I was feeling. Believe it or not, I kept sketching color wheels. I wanted to make something for her, to brighten her new temporary living space while she works out the details of uprooting and moving her family and life to a new city. I've spent a lot of time in hotels in my life, and while for a few days, they can be a welcome change of pace, I can imagine that day after day, it can get a bit...well...lonely. Enter this pillow.
As I worked on my Bottled Rainbows blocks, I realized there was no way I was going to make much of a dent in my scraps. My scraps are now wonderfully organized by color, which is fantastic, but there's still lots of them, so I started to play with them. I wound up with a pretty good sized chunk of lime green fabrics, and I decided to cut a dresden leaf from them, using my Fat Cats dresden ruler.
Then, I did some quick math and realized that I could totally do a color wheel with dresden leaves, if I did two of each color, for a total of 12 leaves. Then, I got to work, and pieced a bunch of random scraps together, and it started to look like a color wheel, slowly but surely. I cannot find the right words to tell you how much fun it was to just play and cut and let my fingers wander.
When it came to finishing this pillow and quilting it, I went super simple with some random straight-line quilting. I traced the lines I wanted on the muslin backing side of my quilt sandwich, and went to town. It was a lot of fun, actually, although I normally get bored with straight-line quilting. I really like the effect it has here.
I hope that this pillow will bring some cheer to my friend in her new journey. I know it brought some cheer to me while I was working on it and it absolutely re-energized me creatively.
I'm going to enter this pillow in Stitched in Color's fantastic Blogger's Pillow Party. If you're interested in making a pillow, this is a fantastic place to look for inspiration!!