Well, I was so excited to see how this pillow would turn out that I just kept working on it. And let me tell you…I could not be more in love with it. It’s not mine…it will go to someone in the swap, but I’m soaking in the beauty of this piece for now.
I just keep staring at it. I think I could stare at it for hours (which is a good thing! because I need to quilt it and still turn it into a pillow!). I’ve used bits of Flea Market Fancy here and there throughout my sewing career but mainly because someone was sweet enough to give me a scrap. And then gloriously, they re-released a number of the prints from the collection and I was able to get some for myself. So this is the first project that I’ve ever been able to do with unlimited access to this collection and create what I needed.
When a collection has been out as long as Flea Market Fancy has and been sooooo loved, I feel a certain pressure to create a piece that uses the fabric in a new way. Or makes you fall in love with the fabric all over again. This pillow certainly does that for ME, so mission accomplished.
I put together this little mosaic as a sort of visual guide for how I sewed the pieces together and to show the complexity of the pattern. Like any pattern, it’s all about breaking it down into steps that make sense and are not overwhelming. I chose the fabric, cut the fabric out using the templates, laid out the pattern on my design wall (crucial for this particular pattern). Then I sewed and sewed and sewed some more. Each block was broken down into one curve at a time.
One thing I did this time that I’ve never done before is sew my curves together without pins (with the exception of one pin where I had to get seams to match). I think the whole pattern seemed so impossible to me from the beginning that I was willing to try another thing that seemed impossible…curves without pins. And it worked beautifully. I don’t know why it clicked this time, but it did. And I won’t fight it. 😉
Next Step: Quilting.
79 thoughts on “Flowering Snowball”
wow, it's beautiful! No wonder you're pleased!
I love this. Are you going to do a tutorial on how to make this block? I would love to make a pillow like yours. I need to practice my curves. Thanks for sharing your awesome talents with us. I wish I had half the talent you have.
I love it and would love a tute on it! Please?
This is a marvel!! The design, colors and fabrics… just plain WOW!!
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I LOVE it! If I was not quaking in my boots over curved seams I would so totally make a whole quilt with this pattern!
Absolutely gorgeous 🙂
WOW! Absolutely GORGEOUS! I love it although I'm not sure I'll be attempting something like that anytime soon. I'd sure love to though.
I love this! It looks like bubbles. 🙂
It is really, really amazing and you always make such fabulous stuff Angela! I am seriously impressed and your partner is SO lucky!
Oooh..thats so trippy! I am torn between pinning it or not…I mean, if I pin it I'll keep looking at it and wanting to try to make one which is over my skill level…dilemna!!!
For the record, if I'm your partner, I am a very happy camper 🙂 This looks absolutely fantastic!!
This is so amazing! I am not even in the swap and I wish it was mine! I had to look up the pattern for this to hopefully someday make something close to this awesome. Great job!
This is just GORGEOUS. I can't say anything else. Except you're right, I could stare at it all day!
This is beautiful! And I completely understand how you wanted to make something that would make you fall in love with Flea Market Fancy all over again. I have been feeling a little burnt out with the line myself, and this made me fall in love again too! Just stunning!
You are most definitely the queen of swaps! Besides this pillow being absolutely amazing, I think it is so extra special that you make your swap gifts over-the-top gorgeous and meaningful! It really is SO inspiring, Angela!!
There is just NO WAY to put into words how incredible this is!! Definitely at the tip top of my all time favorites list! You continue to amaze me 🙂 How incredible!! My quilting self wants to be you when it grows up 🙂 Just W-O-W!!!
I am new to your blog and am really enjoying it. The pieced pillow is magnificent to say the least! I just want to stare at it forever. The prints and colors that you used are perfect. A completely unique piece, to bad it isn't for you to keep.
Really, really beautiful! Your swap partner is a lucky person!
Oh wow, it's fabulous, I have a serious case of the wanties right now!
Wow, wow, wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beautiful! I love quilts with circular designs, is there a pattern available for this or a tutorial? Great job. deanie dot dreams at gmail dot com
is there a pattern?
This is awesomazing! Great design. Wonderful curves. Fabulous fabrics. Love it!
I love the solids in the background making this pattern look totally different, awesome!
The first time I saw this pillow I was madly in love. It’s 5 years later and I still dream of it. I finally found a collection of Flea Market Fancy that I bought in anticipation of recreating this masterpiece. It’s so beautiful.