I hauled out some of my pink, red, white and blue stash and this is what I decided to use for this project.
Check out the tiny soldier fabric. Isn't it just perfect? I found that at M&L for less than $5.00 per yard! Ooh, that just made my day.
So, first up, I wanted to make a Union Jack pillow. This is a little tricky because all flags are rectangular and I had to tweak it for a square pillow. I wanted the proportions to be as authentic as possible. So I drew the flag on paper first and then calculated how much fabric I needed and how to cut and piece them back together.
Ta Da! I just love how this came out.
Then, I decided to make a Queen Elizabeth pillow using the second set of fabrics and here is what I came up with.
The center is supposed to be the queen's silhouette framed by an oval scallop frame. However, there isn't enough of a contrast and the background was too busy so I decided to change just the center fabric.
Here's the tricky part, I I had to cut a center oval and either applique or piece it on. And to just fuse the blue oval border might not look to "finished" since the seam would show through so I decided to applique the blue frame on instead.
Here it is.
I included the queen's monogram and also embroidered the words "Diamond Jubilee 1952-2012". Too bad the photo doesn't really show the embroidery on top. By the way, the red fabric in the center is from JoAnn's.
Here are my Jubilee pillows. I love them and I'm glad I pushed myself to design my own patterns.
Now, I'm seriously considering making a London inspired quilt.. I would have to design and execute my own applique pattern and that is sort of intimidating because I CAN"T DRAW! But London is one of my favorite cities. In fact, it is the first European city I visited. So, I'll seriously consider taking on that project.
The Long Beach Quilt Show starts next Thursday. I will be working at the Sewing Party booth on Thursday (preview night) and Sunday. So, If you are in the area, I hope you stop by and say hi.