Friday, February 8, 2013

Cup and Saucer, Anyone?

Cup and Saucer Pillows
16" x 16"
©2013 Sharon V. Rotz

After working with interior designers and making a vast number of decorator pillows, I know the power of a pillow to renew and define a space. As a reprieve from working on my traditional 30's reproduction quilt, I thought I would finish these contemporary pillows.

The name was taken from the cup and saucer that I used for circle templates for the applique. 
Who doesn't raid the kitchen when looking for the proper size circle? 

Rather than the more traditional satin stitch for the attaching the applique, I used one of my un-used sewing machine decorative stitches, stitch number 203 on my Pfaff, a pseudo satin stitch with one consistent edge and one random edge.

The circles were cut from a powerful orange and the bold background fabric. Placed off-center, these blocks shout contemporary even with the use of a very traditional sounding rick-rack edge.  

I couldn't stop myself from adding a funky edge treatment to the pillow with the use of prairie points and more large rick-rack.

These pillows put a smile on my face, perfect to spice up the mid-winter blues.


  1. I absolutely love your colour combination and shapes on these. Fabulous.

  2. These are really happy cushions! I smiled just looking at them. So colourful too!

  3. Love the funky edge treatment! These are just too much fun. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. These bright happy pillows are sure to brighten up a cold winter's day. These colors happen to be my favorite at the moment!

  5. Hi, Sharon. Great pillows. I like everything about them, but I especially find your edging treatment interesting, very creative. Enjoyable post!
    best, nadia

  6. Lots of FUN!! Great Job! & thanks for sharing!

  7. Thank you for all of your positive comments. I, too, smile when I look at them and that is exactly what our quilting should do for us.

  8. I love those pillows, the colors are just wonderful! Yes,they make me smile- and long for spring!


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