Friday, February 29, 2008

The Imperfect Pillow.......




Well finally here is the pillow that I told you all I started many months and moons ago. A seamstress I will never be-hence the title of this post! So ladies please avert your eyes from the bottom of this little jewel. As,it is not the prettiest corners you will ever see-lol. I can't say for sure that I will try my hand at making more pillows. I think I may fork over money for someone else to do that-lol. We shall have to see what the future holds. I do like how it looks for the most part. What do you think?

There is not a lot going on here. In sad news I lost one of my fur babies a couple of weeks ago. Midnight my little outcast became ill of a sudden. The vet didn't know what wrong and when I took her in the vet just told she was dying. She said we could do a lot of different things-but she was still unsure if she could save her. Midnight was making this horrible cry and was very limp. So unfortunately on the vet's recommendation was to put her to sleep. Whatever she had involved several organs-so it was best that she didn't suffer. But I do miss her-she was a very loving cat.

Thanks for all the comments on my gifts and exchanges. Next time I post I will update you on my wip's. I have had startitis and stashitis too. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and lots of stitching!

38 comments:

Teejay said...

I'm not very good with the sewing either, that is why I hate making pillows and fobs and end up putting my finishes in a scrapbook instead.

It doesn't look half bad though, and the stitching looks fabulous!

Jennifer said...

I'm sorry about your kitty - it's ALWAYS hard to lose a pet no matter how long you've had them. But part of the job as a pet owner is being able to do the right thing for them when the time comes, so you really did do what was best for her.

On a happier note, I don't think the pillow looks that bad. I'm insecure about my own finishing sometimes, but it usually turns out that I'm WAY more critical of it than other people are.

And I love the green fabric for this piece!

Dawn said...

I think your pillow looks great! I'm sorry to hear about your loss.(((HUGS)))

mercy said...

Sharon I'm so sorry to hear about Midnight! Lots of hugs going out to you!

Cindy said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your kitty.

I think that your pillow finish looks wonderful just as is! But, if you aren't happy with the corners and seams, maybe you could add some twisted cording around the edges. I have done that quite often. You could do it in a color to match the fabric so it would be subtle, or in a pink / black combo as an accent.

Michelle said...

Sharon - I'm sorry about your Midnight. I'm sending some hugs your way.

You did a great job with the bag, very cute.

J Rae said...

Sharon, so sorry to hear about Midnight. While I'm sure it was the right decision, I'm equally sure it was a hard one. I know your kitty will be missed.

I think the pillow looks good. I really like the ribbon and button choice. Brings out the other colors well.

Barbara said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Letting go, no matter how "right" the decision is, is never easy. I cried like a baby when I lost one of my ferrets to pancreatic cancer years ago.

Your pillow is fine. I've had much worse results!

Alison said...

I think your pillow is fine! Hugs about losing your puss. It's always hard when the time comes.

cathymk said...

Your pillow is gorgeous, Sharon - we are always our hardest critics.

So sorry to hear about your loss. ((hugs))

Aussie Stitcher said...

I love your pillow, well done. Sorry to hear about the loss of Midnight. {{{{HUGS}}}}

Dianne said...

So sorry about Midnight. Our girl Jade has seizures and had tests and all before she was put down after $$ was spent. If you kitty had to go now, at least she spared you a lot of expense. I love kitties a bunch, always have.
And you are too hard on yourself with your sewing, it looks adorable. I think what you don't like is where you have to close up it up with sewing. You could always put a cute embellishment there like red rick rack, but it really looks sweet to me.

Bets said...

Sharon, I'm so sorry to hear about Midnight. I know how hard it is to lose one of these little members of our families. I'm sure she was very lucky to have you.

Your pillow is really nice!!

Paisley said...

How sad about your poor kitty! I'm so very sorry!

Your pillow is as cute as can be!

monique said...

So sorry to hear about your sweet kitty, Sharon.

Your pillow is lovely, I think... I like how you did the ribbon hanger with buttons- clever :)

Redwitch said...

Oh Sharon, I was so sorry to read about Midnight, at least you gave her a nice home for the time you looked after her. I too adopted a stray once, we called her Alabama after the ditzy girl in True Romance. She was lovely and cuddly but unfortunately she had cat aids so we didn't have her long.

I think your pillow looks just fine too!

Michelle said...

I am so sorry to hear about Midnight - that is so hard. I had to do the same thing with Hamlet. I just couldn't let him suffer. Big hugs - my heart goes out to you.

Your pillow is great - I love the black ribbon with that design - so pretty.

Dawn B. said...

Sorry about the kitty but love the pillow

Itching To Stitch said...

That's a beautiful pillow! You are way too hard on yourself. Sorry about your kitty ;)

Sachiko said...

Oh Sharon,I'm sorry about your kitty.I understood your sorrow.

Your pillow is very lovely finish!
Cute color bottons had inpact.

stitching aussie style said...

Sewing Machines & I do not (repeat do not) get along at all. Something to do with sewing class at High School.... (memories best forgotten...)
My sympathies with the passing of your cat. They do become such a part of your family and hard to without them.... I recently came close to losing our nearly 16yr old dog Misty...

Stephanie said...

Really sorry to hear about Midnight - it is no easy thing losing a loved pet :(

I do love your pillow - the colours are great! And no one starts off as a sewing queen, practice makes perfect ;)

CritterLady62 said...

I love your pillow and I wouldn't worry too much on the finishing. I think our mistakes often shine like they have neon around them to us, but others scarcly notice. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Midnight. Although it's better to let her go rather than watch her suffer, it doesn't make it any easier. I went through the same thing with Nermal a few years ago. Although time has passed, it still makes me misty eyed thinking about it.

Vonna said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your kitty's passing...big HUGS to you...

I think your pillow looks really great, we all have a learning curve...and I don't see anything wrong at all...in fact, I think the color of the fabric, the black ribbon and melon colored button just make it all look super!!

Meari said...

Your pillow turned out cute. Something that might help you in the future when you have corners: Start the sewing a couple inches off center on one of the straight sides, and end it a couple inches off center when you get close to where you started sewing (if that makes sense). That way, you'll have an opening to shove the stuffing through (or pillow form--which you'll need a bit larger opening) and all four corners are stitched. It's easier to hand sew the opening closed, and looks nicer. If you need help, feel free to email me. :)

Jenna said...

I think your pillow turned out pretty well! When it comes to finishing, practice makes perfect. Then again, there are finishers to do that stuff for you, if you don't enjoy it. :)

I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. Anytime we lose a pet, it's hard. At least she went quickly and hopefully wasn't in pain for very long. *hug*

Sam said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Midnight. It's a hard decision to make at the time, but you know you've done the right thing. {{{Hugs}}}

Your pillow looks fab BTW.

Lillie said...

So sorry about your fur baby.The pillow looks good to me. We are all learning thru experience. So don't worry too much.

stitcherw said...

Cute pillow. I really like that pattern, it makes me think of summer with the watermelon, a season I really wish was here.

So sorry to hear about Midnight. It is so hard to lose one of your furbabies, they're family. {{hugs}}
Sue

Ranae said...

Wow! Love the cute pillow. If you are unhappy with it, send it my way, lol. I am not picky,lol.
Sorry to hear of your loss.

Karoline said...

I'm so sorry to read about your furbaby {{{{Sharon}}}}

Your pillow is lovely, congratulations

Carol said...

Aw Sharon! I am so very, very sorry about your loss. So sad. {{{HUGS}}}

Stitch Wizard said...

Hi Sharon:

Oh I am so very sorry about your kitty!! We lost our chocolate lab about a week ago too and it feels so empty! This had been a hard month hasn't it? He was lying out in the yard and had died and he didn't even act sick, so I was so shocked and sad and I can really feel for you!

On a brighter note, your pillow here is just beautiful! You did a fantastic job on it. I need to learn the finishing skills that everyone else is doing! Yours is something to be really proud of! T Debby :)

Novice Stitcher said...

I am so very very sorry about Midnight. You have lost a beloved member of the family. I am sure she felt how much loved she was.

Your pillow looks adorable - a perfect summery design. I don't see anything wrong with the corners - you did a great job!

Lizzyblack said...

HOw do you call this imperfect? It's just great!
I'm sorry for your kitty :(

patternnuts said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my kitty February 20.

Your finishes always look great :)

sugardoll said...

Oh hush! That is a cute pillow. And who cares about the seams I say as long as they don't come apart, they are good! LOL

I'm sorry to hear about Midnight, you know my yorky that i left in the Phils. his name is Midnight also, but he is a he. =^-^= I missed him.

Can't wait to see what you grabbed for your stashtitis? ('o')

Lili said...

Sharon...
I'm so sorry about Midnight... I've lost two cats and though time does lay a few layers of sand above grief, you can never forget them or stop missing them at some point...
I'm sending you and your family a big huge comforting (hopefully) hug.
Lili