August 10 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

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Preview Pillow
By Julie, Fricknits

Julie designed this pillow as a gift for a wedding shower. She writes, “It’s a preview pillow in two ways: it has the wedding date stitched on it, and these are the fabrics I will use to make the couple’s wedding quilt! So I hope they like them, because I sure do. In fact, Anna Maria Horner’s ‘Good Folks’ is my favorite fabric line to come out since I became fabric obsessed. I love it SO much I may have to make my own quilt from it.”

You can see the back of the pillow here, and a more detailed shot of the embroidered panel here. Julie adds, “One ‘trick’ I’ve come across during my recent embroidery binge is to use fabric lines I like to inspire my color combinations. I did the same thing with this piece, but using the ‘Chocolate Lollipop’ line.” Be sure to check out Julie’s embroidery set on Flickr for favorites like this great collection. Happy Birthday tomorrow, Julie!

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46 Responses to August 10 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

  1. JulieFrick says:

    @Erica- yes, it’s stem! You can see it closeup if you click the link to the photo on Flickr.

  2. Erica K says:

    what stitch did you use for that embroidery? Stem? It looks more full than regular back stitch. So nice! What a lucky couple!

  3. JulieFrick says:

    Misty.Creek: I’d be more than happy to share my sources for patterns if you want to message me- the robots were Sublime Stitching patterns, and godzilla was from Badbird designs. I believe the details are in the tags on the original Flickr shot, but do let me know if you need more info!

  4. Kathleen says:

    LOVE IT.

  5. Megan says:

    I love that pillow! The embroidery looks beautiful!

  6. Nima says:


  7. Erica T says:

    Very cute idea!

  8. Cara says:

    This is lovely, and I really like the idea of using it as a preview for the quilt.

  9. Gwen says:

    The preview idea is so great!

  10. Lynn Osborne says:

    I love those colors and the hand embroidery is just perfect.

  11. Becky says:

    Wow! That is beautiful! Great idea for an anniversary present too.

  12. jodi says:

    Super cute, and very whimsical and Bohemian. Great idea.

  13. Sara Aoyama says:

    It’s beautiful. She is lucky to get this!

  14. Erica says:


  15. Helena says:

    So pretty, love the color combo.

  16. Evelyn says:

    this is such a beautiful idea! I amsure the couple will love the quilt – the colours are gorgeous!

  17. Misty.Creek says:

    I’m the first? Wow! I so need to stitch some dinosaurs and robots for my boys, too. They would love it! Where did she find her patterns?

  18. alisha says:

    I’m sure the happy couple will love the quilt! The pillow is beautiful.

  19. Tiina says:

    I love those birds.

  20. JulieFrick says:

    Thank you! I plan to spend a good deal of my birthday stitching!
    Happy Hand-Sewing month!

  21. deirdre says:

    can you teach me how???

  22. Katie says:

    This is fantastic! A great way to showcase a little piece of embroidery that might have otherwise been lost in a frame.

  23. wintu nancy says:

    What a pretty choice of colors. It is always inspiring to see color combinations that I wouldn’t normally use.

  24. Serena says:

    Gorgeous! And great idea to let the fabric colors inspire embroidery colors!

  25. kate says:

    Wow, I adore this SMS theme of hand-sewing! I am definately inspired to dig out my embroidery floss again.

    This pillow, in particular, is gorgeous; what a fabulous gift.

  26. craftytammie says:

    What a gorgeous pillow! Lucky couple.

  27. Grace says:

    This pillow is wonderful – so bright.

  28. Kelli says:

    I am in love with this pillow and am bookmarking it now as a future wedding gift!

  29. Elizabeth says:

    What a beautiful gift 🙂 And the colors are gorgeous!

  30. ac mcclendon says:

    that is a really beautiful embroidered panel! what a wonderful gift!

  31. Elaine C. says:

    Love the colors! I think your hand stitching is a perfect design compliment to Marie Horner’s fabrics . . .I’m sure the couple will love it! I do!

  32. Nancy says:

    The fabric is AMAZING. I love the idea of a shower pillow to go with a later wedding quilt. What great wedding gifts.

  33. Jewel says:

    This is so lovely! I am sure that the couple is going to adore it.

  34. April says:

    I love the embroidery on this pillow. It is absolutely beautiful.

  35. megelin says:

    that embroidery is so lovely!!

  36. Suzanne says:

    Wow, she does wonderful work. Very nice!!

  37. Ellen Ban says:

    What a great shower gift and preview for the wedding quilt! The embroidery is beautiful.

  38. Krystina says:

    I love the colors! The fabric on the back of the pillow is just adorable!

  39. Bridget says:

    I love this pillow. I hope you will also post pictures of the quilt when you can. I am sure the receipients will always cherish it. Thanks sms for dedicating a whole month to hand sewing. It is my favorite theme so far.

  40. donnag says:

    Love love the hand sewing!

  41. Ramona says:

    What a beautiful shower gift and I love the idea of it being a preview. I am sure the quilt will be beautiful also.

  42. Julie says:

    That pillow is fantastic! 😀

  43. Katie Mitchell says:

    This is beautiful! What a lovely wedding gift.

  44. Margie says:

    Oh thats so beautiful! I love your fabric combination.I really love that you put the wedding date on it.

  45. __L__ says:

    Woww! It’s a marvellous work!! I love it!

  46. alison says:

    What a beautiful pillow. I love how Julie uses fabric lines to inspire her color combinations.

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