Oh, February, with your sickness & broken internet & knee surgery (not mine!) & schools clamoring for auction donations. Good thing I've just been waiting for an excuse to finally try one of those gorgeous log cabin pillows.
This pillow is for our preschool auction, & while I originally planned to build it around fairly sophisticated & neutral fabrics, you will not be shocked to learn that the more color I added, the better I liked it. Log cabins fascinate me, the way that the placement of one strip can completely change the entire look of the thing. It's like a puzzle, one where I don't know the solution until I know it. When I felt like one more round of prints would be too much for my revised plan of playful-but-restrained, I finished off with a wide neutral border (Kaufman kona "stone," such a great, um, stone color).
I also spent a lot of time thinking about how the quilting was going to change the look, flipping back & forth between Lisa's pattern in Crafter's Companion & the Japanese version in Machine Made Patchworks. I went for the straight vertical lines (Japanese style) instead of the square spiral (Lisa style) partly because I wasn't sure I wanted any horizontal lines to interfere with the number/letter fabrics, but mostly because I was feeling very perfectionist about this project (see above re: auction) & my new sewing machine still makes me a little nervous.
I love the look of the ribbon ties on the back (I turned & tacked the ends to avoid fraying), but I think that if I were better at zippers, I would have used one for the closure so that I could have made the cover tighter (I like a nice fat pillow). The two extra ties do make a useful difference, though.
Possibly my favorite part of the entire project was having an excuse to use my machine's loopy stitch. It's subtle, black thread on the grey corduroy (I was worried that it would be too easy to cross the cool/dorky line with contrasty thread), & I like how it sort of looks like a line of scribble.
I was also happy to be reminded of this quilt, which is one of my all-time Japanese craft book favorites. It looks like the kind of thing that would be a good bit-by-bit project, & one that would probably turn out excellently if you just trusted your stash instinct, doesn't it?