Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Blog Hop #3 - Flower Pillow

Welcome to the third week of the Triple Play Blog Hop. This week's featured die is the Sizzix Originals Die - Flower, Beauty Bloom by Brenda Pinnick.
This was an interesting personal challenge because I didn't want to create a typical flower with this die. I had cut a few test pieces out of paper to see if I could find any inspiration. As I moved the flower bits around I suddenly saw a pattern appear. Being a graphic designer I tend to think in ways of how to organize bits to create a pleasing visual.

Once I had an idea of a pattern, I then had to decide on a technique to best showcase the pattern. Since this was Brenda's die and she also designs fabrics, I decided to try fabric applique and create a pillow.

The image above is of the finished pillow on my vintage, garage sale desk chair and below is a detailed image of the machine applique. I had never machine appliqued before so this was a new experience. I used an old wooden button from my mother's collection for the center detail.

I hope you enjoy my use of the Flower, Beauty Bloom die. Please continue through the Blog Hop by clicking on the Forward or Back button on the Triple Play Blog Hop blinkie to the right.

This project is linked to The Girl Creative.

18 comments:

  1. Lynda! It took me a second to even SEE the original flower shape in there - you've made it so much bigger with your arrangement. So let me get this straight - you're awesome in EVERY WAY?! Like, it's not enough to be a great graphic designer and paper artist but you also can make pillows and machine applique and feed orphans and beat a grand master at chess and split the atom? If I didn't adore you so much I'd probably make a voodoo doll in your image and stick green (for jealousy) pins in its butt. Only you'd have to make the voodoo doll because I don't sew. LOVE THIS!

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  2. Amazing! I loved that you showed the die this way- since- as you mentioned, Brenda also designs fabric- what a terrific marketing mind you have- so glad to be next to you on the hop

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  3. I'm gob-smacked! This is one amazing and wonderful project! I'm also a graphic designer and totally get the pattern thing.... this pillow is amazing and I adore the color palette you chose to design with! Thank you so, so much for using my die to create this masterpiece! You are a design star!

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  4. Wow, you really went all out with this one, it's fantastic!

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  5. Brilliant! Love, love, love, love, LOVE!

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  6. Holy cow, you made a pillow? Great idea!

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  7. Oh man Lynda! Very cool- great design and love how you gave the flowers their own shape by repeating them!

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  8. I LOVE it! It looks like a snowflake!

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  9. I adore this...I love quilting and admire it especially b/c I am terrible at it! Very cool.

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  10. The design you created on the surface of the pillow is beautiful. I love all the stitching work.

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  11. Ditto... all the comments above... and more! WOW!

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  12. Love this!!! Beautiful pillow!

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  13. I love your pillow. It's beautiful. I love thwe pattern you created!

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  14. I love the pillow. It would be a great quilt block too.

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  15. Oh wow, what a beautiful creation!! And I love your birthday banner too!!!
    I hope you're having a great weekend.
    XO

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  16. Love your pillow, esp the colors! Mahalo for taking us to fabric w/ this die.

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