Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pillow talk

I got cracking first thing this morning and started sewing the back on the pillow.  Martie from Taos Sunflower  asked me how I finished the backing.  I did take a couple of not great pics while I was working.

First I did a double zigzag with the sewing machine close to the hooked edge.  Then I layed the pillow front on the backing and secured with some pins.

I trimmed the excess from the backing and then began to fold the fabrics under and do a simple, discreet whip stitch along the edge.

It didn't take nearly as long as I thought and it wasn't nearly as painful a chore as I anticipated :)
The finished result ........

Earlier today I got some bad news.  My neighbor at the cottage passed away.  Our cottages were built the same year, so we have been neighbors forever.  Before Mom got so sick, I used to move out to the beach all summer.  Every weekend morning we would each go out on our respective decks, in our jammies and bathrobes, turn our chairs to face each other and have our morning coffee talk together.   Mary Louise loved flowers so this flower is for her.  She will be missed.


  1. I'm sorry to hear abour lour loss Kim. Loosing a neighbour like that is very sobering. You have lots of good memories of living nextdoor but somehow she will still be occupying a little part of your heart just the same.

    On a happier note, your little pillow looks just adorable. You work fast. Thanks for posting a picture of it for us.

    I hope that you have a good week Kim.

    Hugs, JB

  2. I am so sorry about your friend. I am glad you have a flower for her. Your pillow looks very cute and happy. I like how you did that edge. It looks really nice.
    I hope you are doing okay.

  3. Kim ~
    So sorry to hear about your dear friend. It is never easy.
    Your pillow finish is very nice. Thanks for sharing how you did it.
    Hugs :)

  4. So sorry for your loss. it is never easy to lose a friend.
    your rug looks wonderful and a great finish as always.

  5. I wish I had any kind of sewing skills. I am lucky if I can put on a button. Usually I just throw the shirt out rather than even attempt it.

  6. Kim,
    I'm so sorry to hear your dear friend has passed. Take special care this week and find comfort in the memories like the one you shared.
    Your pillow is wonderful! That's how I usually finish mine too...... like you said it really isn't that hard to do!
    Prayers and hugs!
    Cathy G

  7. Kim: Thanks for the lesson. It's so much easier than I had guessed; I was thinking I had to use a sewing machine and was, as my dad used to say, drowning in a puddle.

    I'm super sorry to hear about your neighbor/friend. I'm glad she'll live on in your good memories of your visits. XXX

  8. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I love that memory of her...what happy peaceful times you two had together.
    Thinking of you!

  9. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. I'm glad you have nice memories of your time together. It's amazing how small little moments shared with a friend can live in our memories forever. Your pillow turned out so nice...a beautiful reminder to not give up hope.

  10. It's hard to lose an old friend but you'll always have the memories. Your pillow is cute and finishing by hand is about the only way!

  11. I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend and neighbor. Losing someone is hard. My mother-in law passed away a little over a week ago on July 2oth. She was ill for a long time but still very spry. I feel so bad for my husband. He took excellent care of her. Lets hope the rest of the summer is better.

    On a happier note the pillow came out awesome.

  12. So very to hear of Mary Louise's passing and your loss. Wow - makes me feel like I've been gone ages. Wishing you peace and comfort in her memories....Your pillow is so sweet.....No matter how painless, I still hate finishing things....unless it's binding a hooked rug - for some strange, twisted, reason, I enjoy that! Hugs ~ Robin