Travellin’ Pic Stitch and Finish Along Q3 Finish

Travellin' Pic Stitch Finish Along Q3 Finish

English Paper Pieced Pillow

Almost a year ago, before I started this blog, I was inspired by Laura at Quokka Quilts to try a little English paper piecing. I’ve always loved the Amish tumbling blocks pattern, so I downloaded some diamond templates and got to work. The concept behind the Travellin’ Pic Stitch Blog hop was to use a travel photo to generate a palette, which would then be used for fabric selection. I used this shot of my nephew and I canoing in Frontenac Park, near Kingston, Ontario.
Frontenac Park canoe
I ran out of the light blue, so I added some Kona Nautical for the background. This was also an experiment in using cotton thread for quilting (although I used polyester in the bobbin). I found I had to turn down my top thread tension slightly, as the Mettler cotton thread seems to be slightly heavier. I’m pleased to have this completed as one of my Finish-Along goals for Q3 (click here!), hosted by Leanne at She Can Quilt.
The backing is a gray-yellow print from my local quilt shop, The Stitch Witch, and one of the closest things they had to a modern fabric. Finished size is 15″x23″, to suit my IKEA pillow form.
Also linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday with My Quilt Infatuation and TGIFF also with Quokka Quilts this week!
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  1. Wow that’s lovely! Perfect colour matching and such a nice momento of your holiday!

  2. Love the color inspiration photo too! That turned out beautifully!

  3. I love the tumbling blocks – I’ve seen them before and didn’t know what the pattern was called – thanks! You’ve done a lovely job.

    1. The hand piecing is a great take-along project, although a whole quilt seems a daunting task. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love that color palette! your pillow looks beautiful.

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    šŸ™‚ Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  5. Nice … I love the photo inspiration!

  6. I’m always drawn to tumbling block projects; I think the colors in this one are great!

    1. Thanks! The palette builder is a great starting point for finding combinations, and blue is my favourite colour. I did try a couple of other photos from the trip, but this one was the best. Lisa

  7. I also like tumbling blocks. Great use for pillow!

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