I’m auditioning for a spot in Sewvivor.
If selected, I won’t have to leave my home or my sewing machine. I won’t have to eat weird things or deal with tropical bugs. I won’t have to live on a deserted island for weeks with strangers.
Then again, some days, life gets so crazy that a deserted island sounds delightful.
Anyway, you can read all about the details over at Family Ever After. The basics very much resemble the television show: you sew some projects, people vote on who gets to keep playing, and winners get prizes.
Sewing projects and winning prizes sound like fun to me. I like challenges that get my creative juices flowing. I like deadlines. I like friendly competition that inspires me to do more and be better than I originally thought I could.
I’m auditioning with a quilted pillow made from Tartanwiki’s machine paper piecing butterfly pattern.
The reason I picked this pillow is because I like bright colors contrasted with low volume goodies. I like a little bit of pattern and a little bit of improv (which I did to make the pillow front bigger). I like prints. I like solids. And I love picking out my own mix of fabrics that I think will create a compelling aesthetic when the project is complete.
You can barely see the quilting on this because most of it was stitch-in-the-ditch. Even though entries don’t have to be quilted for this Quilter’s Edition of Sewvivor (piecing alone = quilting by their rules), I’m glad I did some quilting. I think the extra layer of batting and lining adds some substance to my pillow tops that isn’t found when I only place the pieced material over the form.
I also like using a heavier fabric on the back of my throw pillows. The added weight makes a pillow feel sturdy. This polka dot fabric is from the sale table at an upholstery store in Greenville, NC.
I’ve forgotten to tag the last few quilts I’ve finished, and I’m pretty excited I remembered to slip one of my labels in the final seam of this pillow cover when I joined the front and the back.
Here’s hoping I make the Sewvivor cut!
Pattern: Tartankiwi’s 12″ Butterfly paper piecing pattern found on Craftsy
Front fabrics: Butterfly – solids from my scrap bin, leftover Kaffe Fassett charm squares, Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi fabrics; butterfly background – assorted low volume fabrics from stash and scraps including fabrics by Carolyn Friedlander, Aneela Hooey, and Zen Chic.
Back fabric: Blue and white polka dot upholstery material
Previous posts on this project: Here