This is a long three-day weekend for my husband and I, and we have been enjoying time at home. We typically cook meals together, and the past few days I have even been able to sneak in a bit of needle turn applique work on my RinAlong project while things simmer on the stove. Which meant I quickly had my first block finish for the RinAlong!
The block looks so much better after the basting stitches are removed (which were bright orange).
I found it very satisfying to turn over the block and see the neat lines of stitches. After finishing the first block, I immediately changed my mind on what I wanted to make. I had originally thought I would make 4 blocks to make a baby quilt. And while I may still make 4 blocks, I decided that I would rather turn these blocks into pillows.
I decided that since pillow making is also a new experience for me that I would avoid zippers for a while longer and go with an envelope backing. I had just enough of the background fabric and chemical reaction fabric to make a nice backing. I did add a velcro closure (which is perhaps unnecessary), and for the time being this pillow is stuffed with a lot of batting scraps. I found a tutorial by Jann of Newton Custom Interiors for how to make the envelope pillow backing.
I added some crosshatch quilting to the Rin block at a 1-inch spacing using 50wt Aurifil 2735 (Medium Blue) which blended in beautifully with the background fabric and added a fun texture to the front of the pillow.
All in all, I am really looking forward to making a second Rin block and pillow. What did you work on this weekend? If you are also enjoying a long weekend and day off today, is there anything special you are doing with your time?