The Stitching Pillow
One of my favorite features in The Quilt Show Daily Blog is Anna and G on the Road. Anna lives in Sisters, Oregon, travels a lot, takes her quilting and blog on the road. This winter she featured a stitching pillow–a pillow you place on your lap when doing handwork. Raising up your needlework relieves tension in the neck and shoulders. One of my friends, Judy S., informed our Van Go-Go Girls small art quilt group that this odd shape is called a biscornu. It took me a long time to memorize this strange word. Wikipedia: A biscornu is a small, octagonal, stuffed ornamental pincushion. Collins Dictionary uses biscornu as an adjective meaning crooked or weird looking.
Here is a picture of my pillow, made in January, at the start of a mini-workshop I held on Friday. Like a dork, I got so focused I forgot to take more pictures. While my daughter does handwork, she would like this second pillow for use with her smart phone and ipad.
Here is the link for the video tutorial.
(2) 15-inch squares fabric
(2) 15-inch squares batting
(1) 2-1/2 x 10-inch strip for handle
(1) 16-oz bag of poly-fil
I actually used double-sided pre-quilted fabric; otherwise, quilt the top and bottom pieces. A simple diagonal grid is sufficient if you’re not comfortable with free-motion.
To make the handle, I folded the strip in half lengthwise, unfolded, pressed each raw edge in to the center, refolded, and stitched along both long edges. For my second pillow I used a Moda tape used to wrap a set of fat quarters.
Remember to leave an opening for stuffing and to sew on your handle before finishing.
TIP: You can pivot at the corners to continue stitching, but you will have the needle down and need to manipulate the fabrics to continue on. This will put stress of your needle, possibly causing breakage at some point (I learned this from a previous project).
TIP FROM JUDY S.: Use a forceps to stuff into the corners.
Yesterday, I made a biscornu pincushion using this same method. I started with 4-1/2 inch squares. You can go smaller but I don’t recommend it as you will have a very small opening for stuffing (unless you go around corners) and a very small pincushion. If you want a tutorial for the pincushion, try this. My first try yielded two pleats at the end because my stitching got off. I ripped it, started over, and marked the center point on each side for better matching. Voila–pretty cute, eh?
If you have to cut and paste the links, I apologize. The Edit/Insert Link function wasn’t working today. Have a great week–I hope you are having wonderful weather like we are, albeit the deluge of green oak pollen is causing a lot of us grief. Thank goodness for nasal spray and eye drops.
Next post: Less is More (I promise).
Posted on May 6, 2018, in Miscellaneous, The Stitching Pillow and tagged Anna and G on the Road, biscornu, forceps, pincushion, The Quilt Show, The Woolie Mammoth. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.