Thursday, September 24, 2009

Another Monogram Pillow

I just finished this "G" pillow this afternoon. There is a wedding in the family next week. I decided to monogram this pillow cover and then will add candles from Pottery Barn. The candles are on their list. I still have a number of covers to monogram in the next week. They will be gifts for family members when we visit this fall.
My friend loved the pillow cover that I gave her for her birthday. She called yesterday to say how great it looked. She had purchased a pillow form for it. Since she was traveling by air, I decided to just give her the cover. It fit easily in her luggage when we went to the airport.


GrannyKaren said...

Love this Pam! What kind of interfacing are you liking best for your embroidery?

Pam said...

Well, we've tried various ones over the past few weeks. I did pillowcases and these pillowcovers. For the pillowcovers, I used two layers of a soft heavy-weight cut-away stabilizer. I also pinned the pillowcover to the stabilizer and used the machine to baste around the monogram.

We had some issues with the pillowcases and eventually I tried the wash-away stabilizer but when I washed it out, the satin stitches didn't look so good. I hit them with Best Press and the iron. Then I put some Fraycheck on the back. They looked o.k. but don't know how they will wash. I will use a cut away the next time. I hooped both the stabilizer and the pillowcase and then basted around the design.

On the first pillowcase we hooped only the cut away and then used spray adhesive and basting stitch. The design shifted some. I would recommend hooping the entire thing when possible but we couldn't with the pillowcovers.

I'll call you in a few weeks. We should be there the second week of October.

GrannyKaren said...

I wish I could find some of the Jiffy brand fusible/tear away that I had in the shop for a while. I never could re-order it for some reason. Maybe they stopped making it... everyone that bought it really liked it. I am not sure you ever got any of that. It was super cheap and must have been very good for embroidery.

Did you ever try the Sulky Totally Stable (iron on/tear off)? I had it in the shop too. I used it on my last machine applique quilt and I liked it quite well (but I didn't use a real heavy satin stitch - it was really just a short zigzag).

Anyway, I really think your monogram looks so perfect... and I know how hard that is to accomplish without a good stabilizer!

Can't wait to see ya! We'll be out of town fishing a tournament something like Oct. 2-25, but otherwise I should be around! I do start a new job Monday... home health nursing :-)) We'll catch up when you're here!

GrannyKaren said...

Ooops, that should have said Oct. 20-25, not the whole month!

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

The embroidery came out lovely!

Melinda Cornish said...

oh my gosh, this is gorgeous!!!! great gift....