If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@thatcraftycara), you saw my announcement a few weeks ago that I was asked to be a “Fabric Ambassador” for Calico Cat Fabrics. My first “assignment” arrived a few days after the announcement: a rollie pollie of the “Forget Me Not” fabric collection by Sue Daley and made by Penny Rose fabrics.
My knee jerk idea for the fabric was to add a little red and go the patriotic route, but I knew I couldn’t get something made up fast enough for the approaching Fourth of July weekend, so I didn’t want to spend my time making something that would then sit in a box for a year.
So I sat that little roll of fabric on my cutting table and we had a showdown.
The fabric won.
Exasperated, I went to bed.
But the next morning…ah, dear readers, the power of the early morning walk. I had too many ideas, and I eventually had an epiphany regarding how to deal with these cuts of fabric that will be making their way to me: Forget that it’s an assignment and act like it’s a gift. THEN make something that I’d want to make, rather than what I thought others wanted me to make. I mean, I was selected for the role based upon the things I was making for my own amusement, so it’d probably work out well to keep up with how I was already doing things, right?
I asked myself what I would make if no one was ever going to see that roll of fabric ever again, and a vision flashed through my mind. The blues of the fabric collection made for a good snow-themed project. Never mind that it was June, the fabric wanted to be used for wintertime purposes. So I listened to the fabric, paired it with a fat quarter of white-on-white snowflake print, found a quilt block with a large chunk of negative space in its center (“Star and Chains” from The Quilter’s Cache), and plunged forward.
I’d seen mentions of “trapunto” quilting, or “stuffed quilting,” in random corners of the blogosphere, and I’d always thought it was pretty, and I thought the technique would make for some extra prettiness on this particular project. It wasn’t hard at all, and I’m totally planning on using this technique to beef up some of my future quilting projects!
I chose a simple snowflake shape for the trapunto portion of the pillow:
This pillow used five of the fabric strips from the roll, leaving sixteen left over, so I have a second project in the works using up the other sixteen strips. I thought I’d make a second pillow at first, but I’d used up most of the dark strips on this pillow alone, and I didn’t want a pillow with less contrast. So, I’m dusting off a pattern I’ve had my eye on for a year and giving it a go with the leftovers. Two projects from one little rollie pollie!
Thank you so much, Calico Cat Fabrics, for allowing me the opportunity to work with you and to stretch my creative muscles a bit. I’m looking forward to our future projects together!
And, yes, I’m writing up a tutorial about trapunto quilting that I hope to share with you next week! See you then!