Another friend of mine loaned me the new Mary Englebreit magazine, to torture me. Yes, she loaned it, it is that juicy. Those of us who love magazines implicitly understand that when a friend hands you a magazine and says, " I need this one back", you know it is going into her permanent archive. Only the most worthy issues make the archive list. This loan was given days ago, and I can't bring myself to finish reading the magazine, because I have become afflicted with another bout of Amy Butler obsession, and I don't want it to end. This time it is Amy's Snow Mum pillow, featured as a free pattern on her web site right now. (Click on "free patterns" and then on "the holidays", then scroll down a bit further, if you make it that far without having to download some of the cuteness that you will happen upon there!)
So I did my usual rebellious modifications, such as not using the recommended backing material (too monochromatic for me), and not sewing each petal one inch up the side ( new Mommies don't have that kind of time) and I embellished the center of the mum with some red beads.
Even without the extra dimension that the sewing of each of the 48! petals would have added, I am happy with the result. I used cream felt for the mum and a fabric from my stash to go with a friend's home colors. I could barely get this mum under the sewing machine foot, to assemble it, I can't think of how thick it would have been with all that extra dimension, had I sewed each petal...
For the backing, I made the stripe pattern perpendicular to the front- for fun, or in case the new owner wanted a plain look for the day, then she could flip the mum to the back.
This pattern was very easy to follow, and aside from the tedious cutting of the many, many petals, it went together very quickly. I would like to share with everyone that "Wonder Under" could quite possibly be my new favorite sewing notion. Double sided fusible webbing-who knew!?! All these years and I thought it only came sticky on one side!?!
I used the envelope pillow case idea for another project that I am not quite at liberty to divulge just yet-stay tuned, there will be a big reveal. I can tell you this: my husband and I are working on a joint project, a big one this time. And no, sorry, it's not another baby. Not yet anyway.
It certainly is feeling a lot like Christmas. I have to get some sleep, the to do list for tomorrow is just as long...