Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Polar Bears on Holiday Lane

Polar BearsI loved the strong graphic quality of the Holiday Lane pillow and didn't intend to add a thing ... but I couldn't resist adding some of the polar bears from fabrics in the collection that were too large scale to use in the pattern.  Those two houses at the end of the lane had no details ... and the polar bears just moved in.

In the photo on the left, you can see the other small change I made–since   I used a stripe for the pillow flange, I cut the strips longer and mitered the corners.  I also added a couple rows of stitching at the edge of the flange to add just a bit stiffness to the un-quilted element.

When I first saw the announcement for the Holiday Lane pillow blog hop, I knew it would be a perfect holiday accessory for my little red sofa.

Holiday Lane Pillow

Quilting Detail
Thanks to Jill Finley from Jillily Studios, the designer of this pillow pattern, Pauline from Quilt n Queen, the hostess for Holiday Lane, and Madame Samm from SewWeQuilt,who came up with the blog hop and put it all together. 

I confess that I considered making a table runner instead ... and still may make a longer runner version.  I think the design would work well as a table runner or a row in a holiday row quilt.

Here's the list of the rest of Monday's reveals for the Holiday Lane pillow blog hop:


Since this project is hot OFF the design wall (begun on Saturday afternoon, finishing touches added yesterday), I'm linking with Judy Laquidera's Design Wall Monday.  Check it out to see the holiday (and other) projects others are working on.

83 comments:

Gail in Vegas said...

Love the fabrics you chose and the polar bears! The great thing about it as a pillow is it's readily visible and looks great in the love seat.

Pokey said...

I like your polar bears, they look at home in the houses! The lime green is neat, too ~
:-}pokey

Vickie said...

I love it and the Polar bears are adorable! What a good idea to fussy cute them.

lj_cox said...

I didn't see the bears at first, but then read the text and went back and looked and just _cracked up_. "..the polar bears just moved in."

And they look so comfortable, too! This is tremendously cute and very fetching on the red sofa.

Judy B said...

Love the addition of the polar bears! Beautiful flange. Thank you for sharing.

Martina said...

The polar bears are so cute! Great idea and lovely pillow!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Very cute pillow! I love your polar bears and the flower shutters. It looks great on your red sofa.

Sunshine Girl said...

Fabulous pillow - I love the colours you have used and those polar bears are lovely! I might make a table runner to match too - the design is so cute isnt it.

Nati said...

so cute, love the bears and love the bright colours you choose! thanks for sharing

Nini said...

Wonderful pillow! I love the bears.
Greetings from Germany
Nicole

Gill said...

I love the colours you used - and the polar bears are so cute!
Thanks for sharing!

memmens said...

Love it, the polar bear is ace

Madame Samm said...

love your pillow and against your very red sofa...wow....love to include it on pinterest...if you would like it added..let me know....it would be an adorable addition

charlotte said...

Very cute and I do love the polar bears. Nice touch.

Cindy Staub said...

The polar bears are an adorable addition to your Holiday Lane Pillow. Thank you for sharing :)

Cindy Staub said...

I love the polar bears. They are a neat addition to your holiday lane pillow :)

Madame Samm said...

most certainly in our top choices....lovely lovely

Britt-Inger said...

Your pillow is very cute. Love your fabric choices.
Thanks for sharing

Agnes B Bullock said...

How beautiful- the polar bears certainly made themselves at home!

Celtic Thistle said...

Those bears are so cute! The pillow looks right at home on your sofa too.

Kathy said...

The polar bears are adorable on the pillow--very nice work.

Patty D from NC said...

the polar bears are a great add! thanks for sharing.

QuiltSwissy said...

Polar bears....too funny!

Madame Samm said...

( it says sorry you cannot pin...do you have pinterest board where I can pin them from there)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

lovely bright colors.

gpc said...

The polar bears are a great addition!

MooseStash Quilting said...

What a fun habitat for the local polar bear family!!! :-)

beaquilter said...

uhhh love the bears, though I'm NOT going to visit THAT town if there's polar bears living in the houses

tink's mom said...

Polar bears are great and the pillow looks terrific on the red sofa.

Mommarock said...

Oh I love the polar bears!!

Carla Bynum said...

Hi!!! It is very pretty!!! I love the polar bears!!!! I think it would be a very pretty table runner!!!

Kate said...

Such a novel idea to add polar bears ... I'm loving your 'holiday lane'.

pinsandneedles said...

Love your fabric choices...bright and cheerful! Love those fussy cut shutters on the window!

Abbigail said...

I love the polar bears houses! So cute! The fabrics are wonderful that you used.
hulseybg at gmail dot com

LJ said...

Great pillow and I love the brightness and the polar bears. As squatters, those polar bears would be hard to put out!! lol Loved the fabric you used for the trees; great flange. That is a wonderful idea to use the pattern as a part of a row quilt.

Linda said...

Your polar bears are so cute! I also love the little shutters! Great job!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Oh those polar bears are so lucky to have such a wonderful street to live on :)

sophie said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments. What a great way to being a Monday morning.

The fabric choices were easy ... I won most of them (including two fabrics with the polar bears) as a door prize at a guild meeting last spring. I added a couple of red and white prints and the green stripe for the flange from my stash. You can see the original inspiration here.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

The polar bears are perfect! Really cute. Great job!

Ellie Q said...

Great fussy-cut details! And so glad to hear that I'm not the only person who finished her pillow right before my hop day!

Quilt n Queen said...

Good morning Sophie. I love how the polar bears...'just moved in'...cute! Love your fabric choices...it's the perfect background. Looks beautiful on your couch. Thanks for sharing your time and inspiration with us...Happy stitching, Pauline

Annette said...

LOve the bears and your idea of a row holiday quilt. I will keep that in mind too.
thanks sew much for sharing today
in stitches

Fischtown Lady said...

wonderfull

giddy99 said...

Oh, these are lovely fabrics; your pillow is wonderful!

JanesQuilting said...

Your pillow is adorable, I truly like the fabric that you used. Sometimes it is the fabric that makes the item. Thanks for sharing.

Helen said...

Hello Fellow Poster, Love your pillow. Just getting around to see what everyone has made.
I was able to browse around and look forward to more of your posts as I follow your blog. Thanks For Sharing!

Kathy Gordon said...

Lovin the polar bears! Cute!

LuAnn said...

I love your pillow and the polar bears are really cute on there.

Needled Mom said...

Very cute and wonderful colors!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Super cute! Love the polar bears and the fabric for the shutters is terrific. Thanks for sharing.

PolkaDotClassic said...

Hi! Sophie :)
Love the choice of fabrics and the polar bears are just too cute

BizyStitches said...

lovely fabrics for the tree and adding the little touches really made a cute pillow. Thanks.

Chris said...

Of course there are polar bears on Holiday Lane!!! :-)

Mary said...

Your pillow turned out so cute. Love the bright color.

Anna said...

LOL, love the polar bears!

Melinda said...

I LOVE this! Those bears are so cute and the rest of the colors are so vibrant! You would've had my vote for the top 3!

Farm Quilter said...

Love your fabrics and the polar bears are perfect!!! It looks just right on your red loveseat!

Robin said...

Your pillow is really awesome! I love the polar bears. Great job!

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work! very festive

Gmama Jane said...

Polar bears and color choices are spectacular! Like you, I began my pillow on Sat. after the Thanksgiving
guests had all left! Great minds work best under pressure, don't you think?
Blessings
Gmama Jane

evelyn said...

Beautiful and bright. I love the bears.

Carrie P. said...

polar bears are perfect for your pillow. thanks for sharing.

StitchinByTheLake said...

The polar bears are a perfect touch. :) blessings, marlene

Just Carol said...

The polar bears are a perfect addition to your pillow and I love the bright colors! It would make a great runner and/or a nice row on a quilt.

Sallie said...

Great job! Love the polar bears!

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
Love the bears and the colors are stunning. Yours has to be one of my favs in this hop!
Thank you for sharing

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Beautiful and the cushion looks absoutely perfect on your red sofa ☺
Liebe Grüße
Bente in Germany

JCnNC said...

The fabrics are so scrumptious and eye catching. Thanks from Judy C

niniandthesea said...

I love your swirly tree fabric! Cute little town!!
Nini~

Frances said...

Polar bears moving in to the lLane. Must be attracted to the pretty houses.

Judy said...

The colors are awesome and the bears make the pillow charming. Thanks for sharing!

Thearica said...

Love your pillow!

Denise :) said...

The polar bears peeking through are such fun! GREAT job! :)

legato1958 said...

I love your pillow! The fabrics are great!

susie

MoeWest said...

I love those fabrics! You did a great job on the pillow.

Wendy said...

oh wow, fabulous! I love the polar bears!

Pamela said...

Love, love, love your polar bears. And the trees. Awesome pillow! Thanks for sharing.

barbara woods said...

love your idea

Martha said...

I love your pillow...thank you for sharing it.

SIMPLESEW said...

Love the fabrics you chose and the polar bears! The great thing about it as a pillow is it's readily visible and looks great in the love seat.

black bear cabin said...

totally adorable sophie! i love the little polar bears, and those bright fabrics are wonderful! what a lovely new addition to your holiday decor! :)

Beth said...

What a cute pillow! The fabrics are so cheery. Thanks for sharing.

Michèle-Renée Charbonneau said...

Those polar bears are awesome in your Holiday Lane pillow. That is a clever way of using Brrr!, Sophie. Thanks for sharing it with me!

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