July 29, 2016

Hummingbird Pillow

The hummingbirds have been visiting me while I'm out in the garden. They are quite curious little fellows, hovering just above the spray of water. They enjoy the blooming sage bush and jasmine vines.




They reminded me of this pillow I made for my Mom a couple Christmases ago. She adores hummingbirds.




I started with a paper-pieced block that I designed especially for this pillow. Then I added applique stems cut from bias strips so they would curve easily, borders, and finally some 3D Fuschia flowers and leaves.





It was difficult to make the stems thin so I added the rest of the vines using repetitive free-motion quilting or "thread painting". Feathers were added to the hummingbird wings during quilting, and details were added to the flowers using hand embroidery and beads.




I used the same design for the back as in my Crane Star Pillow pattern. My Mom loves her hummingbird pillow, and I was happy to see it on her couch last week when I visited.


Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

12 comments :

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Just Stunning!

Terry Harman said...

OOooh, I love this pillow and the hummingbird is just precious. Are you by any chance writing up a pattern for this. I would love to purchase one if you do. Please!
Terry Harman

Anonymous said...

Que gusto saber de ti !!!! Hermoso tu trabajo adoro los colibries!!!! Felicidades. Saludos desde san luis potosi mexico. Atm lupita Gutiérrez

Maja said...

Stunning project! It would be great if there was a pattern for purchase.
Hugs from Slovenia

Kristy said...

What a gorgeous pillow! No wonder your mom loves it! I really like the 3-d effects you did as well as the thread painting. I need to be brave and try that. So glad you shared this with us. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

ferne said...

This is so beautiful! It is no wonder she loves it. I live on Hummingbird Ct., no joke so I am always looking for hummingbird stuff. There is no shortage of the real thing here either. If you came out with a pattern for this I would be another taker! In fact, I have a quilt in my head that needs a center block...

PatchworkPottery said...

Thank you! With all these amazing comments, I will definitely be adding it to my pattern list!

Carol said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to explain how you added such pretty details.

Anna Galuzova said...

So pretty pillow!!!

Beth Allen said...

OH Laurraine you blog is just so beautiful, so full of wonderful ideas. I am 75 and was having a bit of a ho hum day, when I saw your wonderful cups and saucers on facebook.
Just so delightful, but somehow it all makes me feel that I too can make something of my own too - put some of that fabric to good use. I have always made tiny things, guess so there is a chance that I will actually finish them! I feel all fired up, thank you so much, I am going up to my loft to have a bit of a think and a doodle.
I will visit you often, thank you so much for the 'kick start'.
Happy stitching Beth.

Sew Useful Designs said...

Absolutely stunning! I love the combination of paper piecing with the 3D elements, the colouring is stunning. All those details! I love everything you make, Laurraine, you are such a talented lady! xoxo

Sew Useful Designs said...

Absolutely stunning! I love the combination of paper piecing with the 3D elements, the colouring is stunning. All those details! I love everything you make, Laurraine, you are such a talented lady! xoxo