Sunday, June 14, 2009


I've been pondering a lot about decorative pillows recently, as I have grown tired of my 3-year old living room pillows. Here they are in all of their "matchy-matchy" glory.

I dug out all of my old shelter magazines and decorating books, and every evening I pored through them pondering every decorative pillow in sight. I read the fine print about the different fabrics, sizes, and trims. I pondered and pondered. You see when you get older in your retirement years, you have more time than money, so you ponder a lot!

My research has led me to several theories. I have for now discarded the "matchy-matchy" theory. There is also the "collected over time" theory - you know - a new pillow every year from a different source. Along this same idea - the "only bring home something you absolutely love, then it will all go together" theory.

Since I sew and make all of my pillows, I guess I should apply these last two theories using fabric I love and have collected over time. I love the red floral and fruit fabric so much that I ripped apart some old curtains to make these two new pillows. Here are the results of this week's pillow making frenzy. I don't know - they are probably still too 'matchy-matchy'.

I'll live with these for awhile to see how I like them. BUT, I guess I had better start assembling fabrics over a period of time to check out the last theory - "the scientific method". That is a large print, a small print, a solid, and a geometric (a stripe, check, or plaid), all in a color plan. But, of course, I have been told they can't be from the same line of fabrics, as that would be too "matchy-matchy"; PLUS I must love them all dearly. Do you suppose there is a legal number of pillows allowed? Like maybe it is 21, the same as the legal drinking age!



Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I like them Sally. They're beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Sally I don't think you can ever have too many pillows! Yours look great both the old ones and the new one you made! Am impressed with all your sewing skills!

Went to a city flea market in Aguilar and found a pink ATLAS sewing machine!!! The lady just gave it to me!!! I am dying to clean it up and see if it will work though it needs a belt right off!

I am trying to rest up from all the activities the last 4 weeks- Hope to be able to get with you soon! WE may have a contract on our NM home which will mess up the schedule again but I am so glad to think we might have sold it finally!!


Sue said...

Hi Sally...glad to be back in the loop!! I adore any kind of throw all of yours...I'm posting on Wednesday about a blogging firend of mine who can't seem to get interest in her blog...she's a fabulous seamstress.You would love her posts...she does wonderful pillows and decorating ideas...check her out and tell her I sent you...she would love to know that people are stopping by.... her name is ellen and she's a lovely lady from Michigan...

Shelia said...

Oh, Silly Sally! I love your pillows! Why not make them like little shams that you can take off and that way you can make pillow covers and when you're tired of it, just make another cover! Do I do that? Naw, but I keep thinking I should!
I think your one pillow with the red and looks like grapes is the same fabric as my little curtains in my kitchen.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I love the fabric for the last pillow! I made an inspiration board out of that one. Oh I don't know, I like things symmetrical so I always have to have two of the same pillows on my sofa. Then I throw in a third different one and have different ones on the other seating.


Smilingsal said...

You downplay it, but you are soooo talented. I love the pillows--old and new. I especially like the cording. That's the tricky part for me. Why not do a tutorial? Happy Blue Monday.

santamaker said...

Sally, I LoVE them! The fabrics are great! I am in the process of recovering my family room pillows as well!

Picket said...

I love them and I love you can sew....I just have to use stitch witch and glue gun! lol

Chatelaine said...

They are all very nice. Don't worry about matchy matchy. If you like it that's all that matters.

I like to rotate my pillows seasonally.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, I love them! I am the absolute queen of mismatch, and I think you've done a fabulous job of blending without matching. But, I did laugh at your ponderings. So cute! I really enjoyed this post. laurie

Nouveau Stitch said...

Sally, thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments! Your pillows are all gorgeous...your fabric choices and workmanship top notch! Sewing is such a great talent to possess...I love that we can change the look of our home in an afternoon!

Can't wait to see more of your "ponderings!"


Tootsie said...

I have been doing the same thing!!! I love the pillows!

Susie Q said...

Oh sally! These are gorgeous!! I LOVE pillows and have no sewing skills whatso ever...thus, I have to BUY mine and the ones I really adore are out of my orice point! : ) I admire your talents do create magice with your sewing machine!


ceekay said...

First of can not put a limit on pillows...21??, but what if the best one was 22?!?
Anyways...I had to tell you about the peanuts for my cloche...oh I thought about the little bag of shelled peanuts..and that would have been smarter...but hey, I was there, they were there...I wouldn't have to stop know the drill. Hence, I shelled my own peanuts! Just thought you'd want to know!!!