Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Standard Pillow-Sized Pillow Pets

For Christmas I made my grandkids these pillow pets (not called that on the pattern) from a pattern I bought many years ago and had never used. Am I the only one that does that?
They work as pillow shams that fit over a standard-sized pillow. The can be removed for easy cleaning or to replace the pillow. The heads are detachable and attach with Velcor. All fabric is minky or a Velor-type that I had in my stash. I only had to buy a little bit of brown for the lion's mane. The cow's body is made out of knit that I've had for about 20 years. After making him, I'd suggest using minky or Velor for all future pillow pets being made as the knit kept ripping when I tried to turn the tail and it just isn't as soft. The dinosaur whole body....
and close up.
I used Peltex around the face and in the spine to make them stand up and also for the claws.
The lion whole body....
and a close up of his face.
The yarn of his tail is sewn in securely so it won't come out.
The cow has a Velor snout and inside the ears....
but his main body is knit.
His legs and hooves and horns are minky. The tail is so short because it kept ripping when I tried to turn it. The lion tail was made of minky didn't rip at all when I turned it.

The best part is my granddaughters loved them! They like to switch the heads out and put them on other animals to create new animals! I'm so pleased to have used up old fabric that had been discarded from other projects or were from projects that never got started. Also, I'm pleased to have used a pattern that's been sitting here unused for so many years!

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Mission Memory Quilt

EDIT: Blogger turned many of my pictures and I can't turn them back so I apologize for any neck strain you may suffer looking at this post!

When my son left for two years to serve a mission for our church I decided that I needed something to keep my hands and heart busy when those moments of missing him were at their peak. I designed and put together blocks for different memories that he was making while he was on his mission. The border and back is fabric exclusive to Kapaia Stitchery in Kauai. I was thrilled when he sent home pictures of sea turtles because I'd found the pattern of sea turtles first and that became the anchor block for the quilt.
The "Jays" came to mean so much to our son and also they sent us some bags from their business so I made a block for them.
This is the mission motto.
Here are many of the words we frequently read in letters from him (he was allowed to write home once a week and to email us once a week, no phone calls except at Christmas and Mother's Day).
He was there for the rededication of the Laie Temple.
His scriptures and testimony were a vital part of his mission and he learned and grew so much spiritually.
Palm trees everywhere and he loves them.
Companions. My daughter-in-law drew on the faces for me in an archival-safe, fabric-safe pen.
A close-up of the faces.He did service several times aboard the U.S.S. Missouri and gained great respect for what happened in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack that got us into World War II 70 years ago.
While assigned to labor on Kauai he wrote much about the chickens. Two of them he named "Winston" and "Churchill" since they hung around his apartment a lot.
A member carved a tiki for him and it's gorgeous. I took a picture of it and turned it into a block. The quilter did a fabulous job of putting the details on him.
Here's a close up of the mission name....
and a closer look at the turtles. I love the swirls in the ocean!
The blue border represents the blue centipedes. He was bitten by one that sent him to the emergency room. I think he'd rather forget about those though.More close ups of turtles. The turtle base was all one big piece of fabric and I used the freezer method and cut work to make them. I loved every aspect of sewing the turtles and was so happy he had memories of them for the quilt.
He learned the proper way to cut a pineapple. He never liked pineapple before serving in Hawaii but he loves it fresh now. He says what we get here is nothing like it is in Hawaii and I'm sure that's true. I did small 1" nine patches for the pineapple and then my quilter did the wavy lines to make it look more like pineapple. I love the effect!
I love the ferns that the quilter stitched on the outside border. She caught the vision of the quilt and did such a beautiful job.

Hope you enjoyed this tour of my son's mission memory quilt. Every stitch and design element helped me not to miss him so much and to remember to focus on the reasons he went on a mission. He went to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people not of our faith and to serve as the Lord would have him serve. He was faithful and obedient and returned with honor in December of 2011.

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