Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Orchard Pillow in Stitch!!

Keeping a secret is really hard, especially since I feel like every one of you is a friend with whom I wanted to share this with so badly! You see, before I started blogging I never would have had the confidence to submit design ideas to magazines or book publishers. I really want to thank all of you for encouraging me with your positive feedback on my work.  Your requests for tutorials and help with your own projects confirms that I've got something to share.  So I did it!

I designed this pretty Orchard Pillow last summer (based on this mug rug that I made the year before for the very first mug rug swap on flickr).

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With some guidance from the lovely Ayumi, I submitted my sketch and swatches to Stitch and they accepted my project!  

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And after a very long wait, I can finally tell you all about it because the magazine is now out and available for purchase from Kathy at Pink Chalk Fabrics!  Look, there is it!!! (I haven't seen it in real life yet. I think it will be a couple of weeks until I receive my copies - and you can be sure there will be a giveaway so stay tuned!). Thanks for taking pictures for me Kathy, and allowing me to use them here.



Photos by Kathy Mack - used with permission


And thank YOU for all you've done to bring me to this place of excitement, and for sharing it with me.  I hope a few people will like it enough to make one for their summer garden bench. Or even their living room couch! Now, that would be a real thrill.  

The pillow construction is not difficult. It's straightforward machine applique with a little sneaky faux-trapunto technique to give the pears some extra loft. It's a great technique to use on pillows, or even baby quilts if you want a particular motif to stand out and have some relief off the quilt top.  The stems are super fun to do as well; it's all explained in the pattern instructions.

Orchard Pillow by Poppyprint

I can't wait for my copies to arrive in the mail, and to have my project back so we can enjoy it this summer!  

The sun is shining here finally. It's a great day. Enjoy it!

81 comments:

Anna said...

beautiful! what an awesome pillow and congrats on it being published. :)

Delores said...

Congrats, krista, you must be sew, sew excited!

♥Duff said...

congrats, rock star! I received my copy the other day and haven't gotten to it yet--now I'm going to dive in!! Your pillow is absolutely remarkable--love the button detail on the back.

Delores said...

forgot to ask if it is available in canada?

felicity said...

Congratulations! It's a beautiful design and beautifully executed (as usual). So happy for you, Krista!

Alisa said...

Congratulations! It looks like a great little project.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Congratulations!! What a great achievement!

shannon said...

congrats on being published!!

DianeY said...

Really sweet! I can see how you are thrilled! I think I have at least a little of all those fabrics in my stash! Hmmmmm!

rubyslipperz said...

ConGRAT-YOU...EEEE-lations!!! What a great project...it certainly deserved to be in PRINT!

I'm doing the happy-feet dance in excitement for you...well, as fast as this old body can dance =P

hugZ,
annie
anniesrubyslipperz.com

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

Congratulations, Krista, how exciting!!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Congrats, Krista, that is so exciting!!! I love the pillow, it's so gorgeous :)

happysewlucky said...

Congrats Krista! I'm only surprised it took so long. This is way overdue. I LOOOOVE YOUR PILLOW. It's stunning. And I love your pics of it too. Great job.
Virtual hug for now. Real one when my cold is gone and I can drive down the hill to deliver it in person. :-)

Sandi said...

Congratulations Krista,

It is always a rush to see your name in print! What a great project, you've done a lovely job.

Enjoy!

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Congratulations Krista!! Love the pillow!!

badlandsquilts said...

Wahoo for you! Congratulations!

Krista said...

Yay!!! It looks so awesome. I'm glad to see you can finally get the word out :)

Kerry said...

How exciting Krista, it is a lovely design and what a thrill to be in Stitch!

carol said...

I know exactly how you feel!!! Congratulations! YOU, of all people, truly deserve this!

Kiera said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting and I'm so happy for you!

CitricSugar said...

Fantastic!! Great project, too.

Sonja said...

YEEAAHH!! Go Krista!! Congrats, this is awesome news!

Dianne said...

Here I am jumping up and down with excitement for you, Hooray! Hooray!! Hooray!!!!!

Heather D. said...

Of course people are going to make this, Krist! It's just wonderful, so charming. Many congratulations. I'll be looking forward to that giveaway.....

My Sweet Prairie said...

Right on!

For some reason, I misread it as "Orchid Pillow"... and i'm lookin'.... and I'm lookin'... and I'm like, "no... those look like pears. I don't get it."

ROLF

Nice work! Nice stitching too. ; ) Yay!!!

~Monika
sewing in Saskatoon
but apparently unable to read well. harhar

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is SO cute. I have been stalking my bookstore waiting, and waiting, for it to arrive on the shelf. If it doesn't get there like ASAP I will order it from Kathy. Congrats on this! It's a great design with perfect fabric choices.

jacquie said...

congrats! totally awesome!

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, good for you!!! I always loved the mug rug from that first swap!! Your pillow is beautiful!

Kelly said...

Congratulations! That pillow is gorgeous!!

Sigrun said...

Congratulations! It is a great pillow!

What Comes Next? said...

Congratulations Krista! This pillow is fabulous, and most deserving of being published. You definitely have the talent, and you need to share it, so, any time you need a little push, you just come to us!

hueisei said...

Congratulations! It looks like a great pillow. So pretty!

Amy Friend said...

Congratulations Krista!

Flying Blind... said...

Congratulations!!!
What a brilliant cushion, and wonderful to be shared with the world!!

ann said...

I was just perusing my copy of Stitch, it arrived yesterday in my little town north of Toronto. Big city like Vancouver can't be far behind in getting theirs. I love your design Krista and am thinking of making one for one of our VP's at school whose last name is...Pears. Congratulations..it IS a big deal.

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

Beautiful cushion! Well done you, congratulations!!

Kathy P said...

What a wonderful success! Congratulation Krista!

Ariane said...

Gorgeous!!! Congratulations!!! Your pillow is gorgeous!!!

Carol Browne said...

Congratulations, Krista! I love that pillow. And take it from me, you're a very good secret keeper :-)

I will be buying a copy as soon as I see it on the shelves!

Cynthia F said...

Woohoo! Congratulations- it's just beautiful!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Yipee for your Krista! It is just adorable and I'll be making one!

Rachel said...

Congratulations, Krista! It's a VERY cute project :)

Leanne said...

Wow! That is so wonderful, look how perfect you pillow looks on that bench in that magazine. I am so going to buy it as soon as it is available here! I am so happy for you, and I want to make the pillow too.

Patti said...

Congratulations Krista! Whats with all the amazing designers in BC !!!You gals are so talented! I had to laugh at Monika's comment because I initially read it as orchid as well! Maybe a Saskatoon thing?!

Katie B. said...

That's so cool!! I love your pillow. Well done!

Needled Mom said...

Congratulations! It is just awesome.

myredbike said...

This is such exciting news, Krista! The pillow is beautiful and it's thrilling that you designed it for Stitch! I loved the mug rug it's based on and think you've made a great pattern.

Kristie said...

Congratulations, Krista! Beautiful design, good for you!

Jolene said...

Wow! I am SO not surprised that they accepted your pillow. It's stunning!

traceyjay said...

so cute! I will have to pick up that magazine! :)

PinkGranny said...

I like it! Congratulations and I am glad you took the leap to submitting your designs, you are talented!

Barb said...

Yay, Krista. So exciting, and well deserved. Your pillow is lovely - I like the long shape. I hope you have other patterns in the works!

Pam said...

Congrats!!!! The pillow looks great and I know all your stitching peeps are pretty proud of you!!

Jo Ann said...

congratularions! i can't wait to see it!

Kelly said...

Yay! It's so beautiful!!!!

P├ętra said...

Congratulations! What a great design I hope it's only the beginning for you.

Mermaid Sweets said...

Congrats! That pillow is gorgeous. Just discovered your blog, amazing.

trudys_person said...

Congratulations Krista! Beautiful design and awesome project!

And congratulations on winning Red Pepper Quilts/Canton Quiltworks giveaway! I'm sooo jealous!

It's a great day for you!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Congratulations!! Wow that is amazing...your project is awesome and totally deserves to be in that magazine!

Wind Spirit said...

What an exciting time for you and know your Mom is so proud of you too,

Rebecca Jane said...

Yeah you! Way to go! Woo hoo.....and every other congratulatory word I can think of! Its a good thing!

Nova said...

Yay you!!!! that's awesomeness in a pillow right there that is :) Congratulations!!! Hurrah!!!!! xxx

Ethne said...

This is just amazing Krista
What a lovely colourful cushion and congratulations on being published and being brave enough to send the info in, not knowing how it would be received and what the feedback comments would be. You a way braver than me.
Can I make a next pattern suggestion?

Ruth said...

Congratulations! The pillow looks amazing! The quilting really makes it.

Terri said...

Congratulations! The pillow is simply lovely!

Michele Pacey said...

That pillow (and yourself as well) deserves to be in magazines. It's just awesome! Way to go you!

Arita said...

The pillow is gorgeous and congrats on the publication.

ayumills said...

Oh I just can't wait to receive a copy of this mag because of this pillow! It's one of the cutest pillows I have ever seen! Oh even the back of the pillow is CUTE! The apple buttons are killing me!!

Bena said...

It looks so so fresh, and so appealing. Well done .... you have so much talent.

roxanne said...

!Krista, felicidad! you got this through hard work, but ALSO talent....if I see these products. xxx Marion

Carla said...

Congratulations! Love the pillow.

Tamie said...

Congratulations! It's beautiful.

pinksuedeshoe said...

Ahhhh! Congratulations! I love this pillow. For several reasons actually. All the same reasons I loved the mug rug too. It has pears on it. You use my favorite Farmers Market Apples and then one more reason It will one day end up on my living room couch. Or my MIL's :) So so great, congrats!

Ginette said...

Congratulations on being published!! That is an awesome pillow!

Tammy said...

Congrats, Krista, on getting published in stitch. Way to go! Love that Orchard Pillow.

Katy Cameron said...

Woohoo, congrats on your publication, well deserved :o)

Rene' said...

Congratulations Krista!!!! Your pillow is such a lovely project and very deserving of publication! I am very happy for you! I picked up my copy yesterday and love it!!!!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Congratulations! Sew Cute! Way to go! Let us know when it is on the stands.

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

You're famous! Can't wait til my copy wings its way over here. Keep up the good work!

Kristen said...

Congratulations! I read this post and then was in my LQS. I stared at that mag and said to myself, why is this magazine cover so familiar? Yes that's right, Krista's published!!!! Whoohoo!

Kiki said...

Hi Krista - Heather is over here on Salt Spring and told me about your success! We just looked at it and WOW! how cool and wonderful! Congratulations.
love, Karin + Heather