Pretty “Play” Pillow & Pandora or “The Four P’s”


Ode to a Cold & Rainy Day


Last week I spent the better part of my morning sewing and stitching.  Since it was a cold, gray, dreary day, I didn’t feel too bad about spending the morning in my warm sewing room, throwing in loads of laundry in between stitches and listening to Lionel Richie Radio on Pandora.  (Lionel Richie Radio? you ask. But, it was that kind of day…Singing along to songs that are mushy, lovey-dovey, and nostalgic.)


My vision was a patchwork pillow cover with a cute banner across it and I decided to use every crafty machine in my toolbox.  Hmmmmm….


Fire up the Cameo Silhouette!  I used a design that came free! with the purchase of the Cameo.



Then I edited it to the size I wanted the banner to be and used the Replicate window tool to add another row to cut out.  Cameos are sooooo cool.



At this point, I’m listening to “Oh No”, by The Commodores.  Such a heartbreaking song…

I want you

to want me,

I’m going crazy knowing he will be your lover tonight.

And when he comes, I’ll let you go,

I’ll just pretend as you walk out of the door.

(Anyone remember the movie “The Last American Virgin”? from the ‘80s?  Poor Gary…Anyhoo, it’s a classic movie along the lines of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Valley Girl”. Not to be missed in any 1980’s adolescence.


Ok, back to 2013…

Did you know the Cameo can cut out fabric?  YES!   I used the fabric blade to cut out my design and it worked pretty well.  (But you must iron on the stabilizer first.  I learned that the hard way.)

My next step was to plan out the fabric for my pillow cover.  I wanted a 14×14 cover so I used some quilting squares I purchased way long ago in the hopes of making a quilt. (For the record, I don’t know how to quilt yet but a see a quilting class in my future AND I hope to have the knowledge and guidance of my good friend Amy because she makes beautiful quilts.  At least she did, before she had 3 boys…C’mon Amy…get quilting so I can learn from you!  So what if those boys need to eat!)

The squares I used were 5×5 and I layed out a design.


But what do we hear?


I’m all of out love,

I’m so lost without you…

I knew you were right, believing for so long.

Ahhhh, we’ve hit Air Supply.  C’mon…you know you know the words…


Starting with the first row, (and using my second crafty machine, AKA a sewing machine), I sewed each square together wrong sides facing using a 1/4” seam.

It’s important to iron each seam flat after sewing.  I found that out the hard way again.



And then you have a row!  Yay!


Wow, that’s green!


Better, I think.

At this point, it seems to be time for some Bee Gees.

I know your eyes in the morning sun
I feel you touch me in the pouring rain
And the moment that you wander far from me
I wanna feel you in my arms again

Let me ask you,  “How Deep is YOUR love?”  (for this post?)

Once all three rows are sewn together, it’s time to sew the rows together.  That doesn’t make much sense, does it? 


Ok, look closely…Do you see my boo-boo which, once again, something I have now learned the hard way?  First one to see the mistake is AWESOME! (Hint…compare to original layout).

Hmmmm…..the song playing at this point seems perfect.

I did my best
But I guess my best wasn’t good enough
Cause here we are
Back where we were before
Seems nothin’ ever changes
We’re back to being strangers
Wondering if we ought to stay
Or head on out the door
Just once…

(Transported back to “The Last American Virgin” movie again…poor, poor Gary.)

Oh well, what are ya gonna do?  I just left it the way it was.

Now it’s time to add the banner cut from the lovely Silhouette.  I used the scraps as my template.



I placed the cut out banner triangles in place, used some applique spray adhesive and pinned them to the fabric.


And here comes REO Speedwagon….

You should’ve seen by the look in my eyes, baby
There was somethin missin
You should’ve known by the tone of my voice, maybe
But you didn’t listen
You played dead
But you never bled
Instead you lay still in the grass
All coiled up and hissin
And though I know all about those men
Still I don’t remember
Cause it was us baby, way before then
And we’re still together
And I meant, every word I said
When I said that I love you I meant
That I love you forever
And I’m gonna keep on lovin you
Cause it’s the only thing I wanna do
I don’t wanna sleep
I just wanna keep on lovin you

OK, who doesn’t sing along with that one? (Don’t answer that.)

It’s time to sew the banner down.  I’m nervous about this because they are small little triangles and I feel like I could majorly screw this up if I sew it all crooked.


It’ll all be OK because Pandora is now playing “Too Much Heaven” by the Bee Gees.

Oh you and me girl
Got a lot of love in store
And it flows through you
And it flows through me
And I love you so much more
Then my life..I can see beyond forever
Ev’rything we are will never die
Loving’s such a beautiful thing
Oh you make my world.. a summer day
Are you just a dream to fade away


So here is how it looked with the banner sewed down.


I feel like it needs something.  A little contrast maybe.  So I sewed I line over the top of the triangles in brown thread so it would add a little pop of color.  Very slowly, as not to wreck what is turning out to be a pretty cute pillow.


A little better, right?

Now it’s time to move to yet another machine.  My beloved Embroidery Machine named Marie after my grandmother.

But first…

Thanks for the times
That you’ve given me
The memories are all in my mind
And now that we’ve come
To the end of our rainbow
There’s something
I must say out loud
You’re once, twice
Three times a lady
Yes you’re once twice
Three times a lady

Oh Lionel, sing it so!

I used my Embroidery Machine, AKA Marie, to design the word “play” to fit in.



To ensure I wouldn’t misplace the embroidery, I printed it out and made sure once my fabric was hooped, it was centered where I wanted it.  Nice little feature, Marie!


Suddenly I am transported back to 1985.  School Skating Party.  I’m in the 8th grade and I hear those words, both dreaded and anticipated all at the same time.

“Couples Only, Couples Only”  Oh please, please, please don’t let me be the only girl in my class NOT asked to skate during “Couples Only, Couples Only” like it’s some elite club I want to be part of.

Or wait…It’s doe-eyed Molly Ringwald as Samantha Baker watching beautiful Jake Ryan dance with his perfect girlfriend, her heart breaking all over the place!  Stop staring, Molly!  Go blow out 16 Candles somewhere.  Just go buy yourself a cake, put some candles in it, make a wish and blow them all out.  Don’t forget to eat that cake all by yourself.

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
So true
Funny how it seems
Always in time, but never in line for dreams
Head over heels when toe to toe
This is the sound of my soul
This is the sound
I bought a ticket to the world
But now I’ve come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
Oh, I want the truth to be said
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true

Time to embroider and hold my breath it all works out.



Now to add the backing and zipper. 

Please, this post is so long I can’t do it anymore!  Just pretend I went through the backing and zipper installation.  Go to this awesome blog AKA Design Sponge, and copy theirs.  That’s what the hell I did!

                     The Finished Product



Is anyone still reading this?

So I leave you with this to ponder…

If we can’t solve any problems
And why do we lose so many tears?
So you go again when the leading man appears.
Always the same theme
Can’t you see
We’ve got ev’rything going on and on and on.
Ev’ry time you go away you take a piece of me with you.
Ev’ry time you go away you take a piece of me with you.

But wouldn’t it be so funny if the lyrics went, “Ev’ry time you go away

you take a piece of meat with you”?

Thank you for going on this journey with me!  You’ve been a trooper!


Peace and Lost in Love and I don’t know much,


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