May 2, 2011

Nautical Pillows

I want to express how touched I have been by all of your concern for everyone here in Alabama and the other Southern states who have been so terribly affected by the tornadoes on April 27th.  Today,  I heard that 400 are still missing in the Tuscaloosa area.  I think the fatality count is up to 3 or 4 here in Tallapoosa County and the Lake Martin area.
In an effort to give my heart a break from all of the pain caused by the tornadoes,  I chose some fabric from my stash and decided to sew.  It has been a while since I have been at the sewing machine – not because I didn’t have the desire, but I couldn’t find it buried under the mess!!!  It took me the best part of Saturday to clean and purge the laundry room/sewing room.  I now have elbow room!!!
I had picked up a couple of yards of this cute nautical fabric at a discount fabric store in Eclectic in early spring.  I had salvaged some wonderful blue and white ticking from vintage pillow linings that matched the nautical fabric nicely.

I finished two small pillows

Lovin’ the vintage ticking backs

The nautical fabric looks like a pen and ink sketch

I added a raw ruffle on each end of one pillow

The other pillow got a handmade flower to dress it up

I made a simple flower from white sheeting and surrounded it with wispy fringe.
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Still going through boxes that I got at auction last month

I got this vintage candle holder

My first thoughts were to paint it white,
but I think I will let the pretty wood show while I think about it a little more.
It looks pretty good tucked in with some old books.

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  1. Hi Rhonda! I'm so glad you're safe. It has been such a horrible ordeal. My heart certainly goes out to all the folks where tragedy has struck them.
    Your pillows are so cute! Love the fabric and you did a great job on them.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Your pillows look wonderful! The nautical fabric is really neat and I love the raw edge on the ruffle.
    I am praying for the people effected in the South. So glad that you and your family are safe.

  3. Rhonda, so glad all's well with you and your area. I live in SW Missouri and we have so many tornados around here too. I always dread this time of year because of it.
    Your pillows are just darling. So crisp and fresh, love that great ticking.
    stay safe!
    xoxo, Debra

  4. Hi Rhonda, I love your new nautical pillows and the fabric is wonderful! I didn't know so many people were missing in Tuscaloosa..what a terrible tragedy.

  5. I really like what you did with the pillow. Very cool. I like making pillows also. I made Victorian pillows for years. Take care, Linda

  6. Continued prayers daily.
    I love the pillow. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Hugs!

  7. I love the pillows. They are really beautiful! Nice job!

  8. Rhonda, beautiful work. My thoughts and prayers are with all who have suffered with the severe weather. ~ Sarah

  9. LOVE your pillows so much!
    Happy day!

  10. Rhonda,
    These pillows are so the fabric and really love how you did the ruffle. Thanks for coming by my party. Just found out yesterday that three of my moms childhood friends were killed in Preston, MS. Wednesday by a tornado...this is all so very sad.


  11. That fabric is a find, and that flower is just amazing. You did such a beautiful job! Our prayers are with you all. Hoping you find some grace in the midst of the chaos.

  12. Hope they find more survivors, this has been such tragedy!
    Love your pillows! the ticking on the back was the perfect touch!

  13. I love your pillows and continue to hope that everyone in the area is safe. =( I can't even imagine. The pictures are horrendous. So very sad.


  14. Rhonda,

    I am so glad you and yours are safe. Alabama residents remain in my prayers. So sad to see all the devastation and feel helpless not to be able to do anything (other than send much needed funds).

    Your pillows are beautiful. You are such a talented woman.

    Your Friend,

  15. Hi Rhonda,
    Your pillows are beautiful! ~Have a wonderful day and keep yourself crafty~ :)

  16. Greeat looking pillows, Rhonda....cute candleholder too. I had one very similar to that back in the early 80's.. It is so sad what has happened in your area! My heart aches for all those families and other family that is too far away to be helpful. Hugs- D8iana

  17. Good for you!!!! Doing something normal at times like these is the best medicine. After the Northridge earthquake in 1994, the little cafe I worked in was one of the few places that was able to reopen within a few days. The neighborhood around us was devastated and our regular customers just loved being able to come in after dealing with cleaning up, FEMA and insurance adjusters all day. They said it was the only normal thing in their life at that time. It's the little things that make a difference and it sounds as though you've found that. Besides, I LOVE that pillow, what wonderful fabric!

    This hug is for you!

  18. Glad to hear you are Ok! We were so lucky as the storm split and passed us by on both sides. We were ready to go in the closet with the dogs! Love the nautical fabric- it has been a while since I have been to Sticklands! The last fabric I got there is now on the chairs in the new dining room!

  19. My heart goes out to everyone in your area. I'm glad you're okay. Your pillows are just summery and wonderful!


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