Buoy oh buoy

Amy Friendcurved piecing, invisible zipper, pillow cover9 Comments

I made this pillow for my Dad. One childhood memory that I can recall, is my dad giving me “word lessons” while washing my hair.  One time I remember that we were talking about words that are spelled differently but pronounced the same.  One of his examples was “buoy” and “boy”.  See, Dad was a former English teacher.  It’s funny because I now hear my husband giving the kids science lessons on the properties of water in the tub…he was a science major.  You share what you love I guess!
My Dad also loves the ocean and all things nautical so the two thoughts came together in the design of this pillow.
I drafted my own pattern for the lobster buoys.  I am comfortable with curved piecing when using precut fabric from my die cutter but this is the first time I drafted my own pattern with curves.  Granted, they are gradual curves, but I am pleased with how they came out!    

I used my Sizzix to cut the letters using Tim Holtz’ Alphabet Die.  The pillow is closed with an invisible zipper from Zipit. The narrow border which you can hardly see due to my overstuffed pillow form, and the backing, are Kona Modern prints in the Pacific colorway.   

I’m worried that the nautical colors, which tend to be primary, make the pillow look too juvenille. I hope not. Fingers crossed.