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Pillow talk!

I started the weekend on a very positive note, with a big smiling face! Good things have been happening to me lately, surprises completely out of the blue. Over a month ago I responded to an online customer survey and as a result won a month’s worth of free coffee at Caffe Nero – I love my local Nero’s so you can imagine my excitement! (I often sit and write blog posts there.) I got even more excited when I discovered that ‘a month’s worth of free coffee’ actually means 30 drinks tokens to be used before the end of December – so in effect free coffee for 6 months, woohooo! But, you don’t even have to spend them on coffee, you can use them on any drink from behind the bar, so that mean’s oodles of hot-chocolate, lovely frappes and iced drinks too. Heavens, lucky me!

Grandma's Hothouse Cushion (pillow). A free patchwork and quilting pattern. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Earlier in the week I’d been out for a short run and stopped not much more than a couple of feet away from a young fox cub (one of my favourite animals) eating a bird, he just kept on looking up at me and watching me – it was one of those moments I won’t forget. I don’t think I’ve ever been so close to a fox before that hasn’t just run off! We must have been watching each other for a minute or more.

But perhaps the biggest surprise this week was online. I was scrolling through my Dawn Chorus Studio home page on Facebook when I saw a big ol’ picture of my Grandma’s Hothouse Pillow. It took a while too sink in that I was seeing it because someone else had posted it; once I realised I was astonished to discover that the free pattern had been featured on Quilting Club’s  page (part of Craftsy). Quilting Club has close to half a million followers! (I know, gasp!)

I was overwhelmed with the amount of ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ the pattern had received, but one of the most lovely things was seeing a version of the pillow that a quilter called MaryAnn Mings had made!  She used green and yellow batiks on a black background and had given it as a gift to her sister. It’s such a lovely feeling to inspire someone to make such a pretty gift for someone to enjoy. But the green pillow wasn’t the last, MaryAnn went on to make a fantastic red floral version too! She adapted the pattern to make it larger and had the great idea of making up the hexie flowers and appliqué-ing them onto a plain black background (rather than piecing the hexie flowers into black hexagons) – and I’m really pleased to say that she’s very kindly agreed to let me share her photos here with you!
Versions of Grandma's Hot House Pillow (pattern design by Stephanie Boon of www.dawnchorusstudio.com) made by MaryAnn Mings

Great variations made my MaryAnn Mings

They’re fab aren’t they?! Thank you so much for letting me show them here MaryAnn 🙂 And it’s got me thinking…the pattern has been downloaded from Craftsy 3,700+ times now, so if any of you lovely readers have also had a go at making it (or a variation of course), I’d love to feature it here on the blog, or perhaps I could set up a Pinterest board where we could share them? What do you think, would you pin your version of the pillow if I set it up? Or any of my other patterns for that matter!
In other Facebook news, have you come across the amazing Kaffe Fassett Collective group?  It’s a really active group of quilters and crafters sharing projects they’ve made using Kaffe Fassett, Phillip Jacobs and/or Brandon Mabely fabrics. They’re such a friendly bunch from all over the world – I just love the way people are happy to share tips and help each other as well as share their own quilts. And it goes without saying that one of the best things about this page is that whenever you open it up you get an amazing burst of colour!
How was your weekend?  I wonder what this week will bring – I feel quite excited! Happy stitching.

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6 replies
  1. ipatchandquilt
    ipatchandquilt says:

    Hi Stephie!
    Love your succes!!!
    I also design patterns and have a flickr group for people to share their quilt made with my patterns…. Just nobody uploads them , ha ha!
    I wish they would, as it would give me lots of joy. I hope that people do show you their creations!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I know Esther, I think people are a bit shy, but there’s some wonderful stuff going on out there and this is such a friendly community that I think it’s a shame more people don’t have the confidence. What can we do to change that?!

  2. MaryAnn Mings
    MaryAnn Mings says:

    And thank you for the joy of sharing my photos of pillows using your pattern. You really gave me a pinch of confidence in posting and speaking well of my work. Thank you more than you can know. I posted on Facebook and had a few Friends “like” and had a few comments. This is a good direction for me to live my life, moving into more “hexie” work to individualize my work. Found some old pieces from a quilt from the 1960s (yes) made from six diamonds sew together by hand to make a hexie. Again, thanks for the publicity and your kindness.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      MaryAnn I think the feeling is most definitely reciprocated – seeing the lovely cushions you’ve made boosted my confidence too! Would love to see your 60’s quilt too, it sounds really inspiring – I hope you go on to make something fab inspired by it! x


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