Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Modern Drunk: a finish!

I'm not quite done with grading -- I have marked 40 exams so far today, but still have 18 of the 115 total to grade before tomorrow, grrr -- but I couldn't face the sea of papers first thing this morning.

So before today's grading marathon I basted and quilted my "drunken" pillow top from yesterday:

That went I kept going, cutting a back from yardage of David Textiles/Victoria and Albert "Venice" fabric, adding an invisible zipper (not perfectly, but it will do!)...and before I knew it, I had a pillow!  Yay!

(Venice has a special place in my heart, as it was the highlight of the last overseas trip I made before getting pregnant with Frida -- the tail end of a 5-year-stretch of time, when my two [older] children were old enough for me to travel, and I did, quite a bit.  As sweet as my domestic life has been over the past few years, it's healthy for me to remember the larger world out there, and that a time will come again when my sweet husband and I can travel together!)

Thanks to Sheila for calling this "modern drunk."  I like it.

Penelope quickly signaled her approval:

But at the other end of the sofa, Ramone didn't understand what all the fuss was about...he feels that an old pillow and some yardage are perfectly comfy:

Finally, I would like to offer a positive review of (and link to) the Curve Master foot -- which made the pinless sewing of the drunkard's path blocks very easy.  Hooray, hooray!  I don't have a clue why the foot works, but it does.  This video shows how the foot is used.

I should note that even though I didn't use tweezers for the final few stitches (as in the video), and even though many of my blocks need some serious trimming -- not everything lined up perfectly (as they do in the video) -- I think the blocks came out really well (my inner perfectionist is satisfied!).


quirky granola girl said...

i love your pillow!
also, i just watched that curve master foot video. holy moly! that looks so cool!

verykerryberry said...

Love your pillow and the backing fabric too. I have seen the curve master foot before, it is very intriguing!

Judith, Belfast said...

Modern Drunk is a stunner! Love the quilting too! Jxo

Annabella said...

Your modern drunk pillow is beautiful Jennifer and I love the backing you used. Venice is so unbelievably beautiful isn`t it? Although I haven`t been there for probably 25 years! I`ll have to change that. I hope you are well and your grading is DONE.

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Love Modern Drunk (binge drinker?!) and the quilting is stunning! Oh, and I love the backing fabric!

LizA. said...

What a. Lovely pillow. I really like the contrast of curved pieces and straight line quilting. Hey, Aramone is probably just grateful for a warm dry place to sleep and an endless supply of food.

Sheila said...

Really, really like the quilting you have done, simple and effective and isn't it good to get a cat's approval?

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

This cushion looks great - lucky your cats have different tastes! I'm very interested in what you say about the curve master foot. Thanks for describing your experience with it :)

Maxine Schacker said...

The cushion is lovely...and unusual...and, as usual, you manage to do it all!