Thursday, August 09, 2007

Mom's New Pillows

My mom's house isn't quite as colorful as mine and try as I might, she doesn't seem to want to brighten it up too much. I'm sure she thinks mine to be quite loud and garish but we like it anyway. Last summer Mom got some new porch furniture and the cushions are a pretty red, yellow and green stripe - quite loud for Mom. She probably thought the fabric was safe since it was going to be on the porch.


I gave her one of my pillow kits last year and she loved making it. My sister Lynn wants to steal it but I think Mom needs it for her porch. Mom's stitching is beautiful - smaller and neater than mine ever is.


I stitched her another pillow to coordinate with hers for the porch. It's a pattern from Colorful Stitchery but originally I stitched the vase in blue. She wanted red to match her new porch furniture. I finished it at her house last week and wanted to sew the backing on before leaving for fear she would never do it. I suggested a bright fun print for the backing and she swiftly said - "Oh no - I could never do that."

Julia, Mom and I went to Purl Patchwork and Purl Soho last week when we went to NYC. I have heard so much about the two stores - yarn and fabric - via all of your blogs. I wasn't disappointed. Lovely fabrics and yarns and wonderful displays. Helpful sales people who put up with questions. Mom decided that a print backing would ultimately be okay. She surpised me by picking a wild Pucci style print which reminded her of her sheath dresses from the 60's (in the photo below) . Maybe I am getting to her after all. There's hope for that green wall yet.




14 comments:

Mom2fur said...

The stitchery is beautiful! I like the tall vase of flowers on the pale green one. And that fabric...hilarious! Yep, I can see someone dressed in a shift of that fabric, standing by a poolside in the 1960s!

Holly said...

Gorgeous. I 've made the orange one and also the one with the cat in a chair. I love them - but my pillows are so snug. How do you get that nice slouchy look to your pillows? Are they stuffed (and with what) , or do you use a pillow form?

Miss T said...

Yay for color!

Kristin Nicholas said...

I use down pillows for stuffing - they "slouch" better!

Peg-woolinmysoup said...

I might have had a dress in that print! The stitchery is beautiful and I think you might find those pillows sitting somewhere in the house when summer is over. Maybe! I could happily sit on that porch with those pillows and have a nice cool summer drink!

Felicia said...

The pillows are beautiful!

Willow said...

Lovely stitchery! I have to side with your mom on bright and wild. But I zeroed in on the blue plaid tablecloth in the background.

Gammy aka Peggy said...

Those pillows are gorgeous. Sounds like you may be influencing her. :) Again, just one talented family.

Mia said...

I like the colors. You seem to be rubbing off on your mother. I need to do some embroidery and soon. You keep inspiring me.

mathea said...

Oh no, you have tempted me again - I love that orange pillow and I have been thinking about buying the kit several times, but have put it off because I have so many things in the works...
Funny really, I used to hate orange when I was a child, and now I can't get enough of it!

Nik said...

I took at look at your pillows and am very fond of "Pitcher Perfect". I'm trying to decide if I want another hobby. I just might adopt one for that pillow alone.

Erin said...

I love the fabric on your moms porch furniture - where did she get it! Also, I am currently working on the orange pillow and her stitches make me jealous she does beautiful work! Mine is a little freer! Wish i could visit those stores you went to we don't have any fun fabric here!

Romi said...

What absolutely *fabulous* colors!

Diana said...

Those are just beautiful. I need to take a knitting break and do something like this! The jacket in the post below is wonderful too!