Monday, February 25, 2013

giant pillow redux

My son turned 10 yesterday.
And it was a very good day.
I finished his giant pillow around 11pm on Saturday, a mere hour before his birthday. Come to think of it, I finished up his baby quilt at 11pm the night before his actual birth. Kind of a fun coincidence!
I'm happy to say that he absolutely loved it. He was never very far from it at any point during the day, so it was obviously a big hit. Hurray! (It matches his flock quilt nicely, too. Bonus!)
I love it too!!! The colors! The solids! The quilting! It all makes me so happy. I wish the zipper installation would have gone a bit better, but I'm sure it will withstand lots of use, even though it's not perfect. (By the way, yes, I am completely hooked on honeycomb quilting. No apologies!)
It's really hard to convey the size (36" finished) through photos, but here are the two giant pillows (my older son's pillow is on the right) on the couch for scale. They are ridiculously big and sooo fun!

My daughter already has requested one for her birthday, which is in two months. I don't mind a bit! My husband is happy that the monster sized roll of batting that I brought home last winter is finally getting put to good use. :)

Happy Monday to you!

48 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

My birthday is in July...lol..Very nice pillows!

Svetlana said...

oooh what a fun, ginormous pillow. Now I feel like I should make a giant like that too. I bet it's nice and comfy. Happy b-day to your son!

Maja said...

And my birthday is in September...lol!
The pillows are fab!!!
Your honeycomb quilting...
Can you use the extra feeder on the machine?
I think we have the same sort of machine you and I and many more.

Lani Padilla said...

Love it! And love the colors too. Thank you for posting the screenshot for the Janome. I have the same machine (love it :) ).

Lani
SimplyFreshVintage.com

Thimbleanna said...

Those are SOOOOOO cute CrazyMom! I'll bet we're going to be seeing them all over the internet soon!

bloominworkshop said...

So fun! I am getting ready to try out your honeycomb quilting on TWO quilts that need to get finished!

Ann said...

These are awesome! Reminds me of when I was a kid and we had two of these in the living room. Mine as a dull brown velvet like material -- not nearly as cool as yours. We loved them.

beth said...

You stuffed the pillows with batting? More info please. ;)

Nana-Bob said...

Yes please, where did you get the pillows?? :) They look awesome! (my bday is December so you have a while ;)

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I love to use this stitch when quilting. It looks great on your pillow!

amandajean said...

beth and Nana-Bob,

yes! i stuffed the pillows with high loft (and extremely soft) polyester batting. my husband and i just pulled the batting apart into medium sized clumps and filled the pillow with it. then simply zipped it shut. with my older son's pillow I made my own huge pillow form, then made the zippered cover. Either way, the insides are removable, and the covers are washable. the pillow form is neater (less batting floating around) but the advantage of no pillow form is that I can add more batting at any time, as the stuffing compresses.

hope that helps!

aj

Sara said...

That is some serious batting! Great for a 36" pillow! I need to make a pillow like that for my 5yr old to watch movies on!! Happy Birthday to your son!

Cheerful Homemaker said...

Love the bold colors :)

Berglind said...

When you say giant you mean GIANT!!! Hahaha, love it, great colors and contrast... love the quilting too :)
Congratulations on his birthday!
Berglind (Iceland)

cath said...

very nice pillow !

Katherine said...

Happy Birthday to your handsome boy!

Always makes my heart melt to see a handmade gift so appreciated. Looks like he has a comfy spot, thanks to his mama. Gorgeous finish - crushing on those solids and your quilting.

Dedra C said...

I copied you and made all three of my kids giant pillows for Christmas. They love them mucho.

Linda said...

Can't believe P is 10!!!! Where does the time go?? Tell him Happy Birthday for J and I! :)

Kathryn said...

I looooove honeycomb quilting! I tried it after your last post about it and am on my third quilt using that technique. It goes fast and looks so great! Thanks so much for the idea!

Live a Colorful Life said...

These pillows are both just fabulous!!

Pinklibby said...

Love the pillows! I have a couple of girls in college and they would love them! The honeycomb quilting is great!

amidthismoment said...

Those pillows are so much fun! And I'm sure it does your heart good to see him loving something you made for him.

-Bobbi

Rachel said...

Love both of those pillows, and the quilting is awesome!!

Di~ said...

Great pillow(s)! I want to see that baby quilt made by you 10 years ago! :) next post?

diane said...

a big pillow has so many uses for a boy to lounge around on. It turned out really great

wish2stitch said...

Those cushions look awesome. I just LOVE the colours.You have inspired me to try out some different quilting patterns too. The honeycomb looks great.

Michele said...

Love it and the colors are perfect.

Ginette said...

I love these! What a great idea!

Kwilty Pleasures said...

Those pillows make me want to curl up on them! Great work. Love the quilting!

karen said...

The pillows are great. I don't know where I'd be without the ginormous roll of batting in my living room!

Beth said...

The giant pillows are amazing. The colors are great.

Lorna McMahon said...

You are such a good mom.... And it's obvious, your family appreciates you. And we all appreciate you sharing!

Dee said...

I love the honeycomb quilting, I did it on a baby quilt this past week.I will use it again!!! Your pillows are great.
Thanks

kathy-o said...

WOW - that is so cool! I'm totally hooked on honeycomb quilting, too. I'm using it on EVERYTHING!!! Thanks!

QuiltyGirl said...

I think we need some of these in our house!
I thought I remembered that you just bought a Janome Horizon (7700)? What stitch/settings did you use for the quilting?
My old Bernina had a great stitch, but I haven't found something I like as much on my 7700....but I also haven't tried very hard! (I think I played with #19 but I didn't change the settings much...)

Jilly said...

I love it too. I especially like the honeycomb effect. I may try that out and I am thinking a big cushion like that might be good in my bedroom. I have a large cuddle chair.

Vicki lOU said...

AmandaJean,

I love it! It's a great, joyful, gift idea for preteens and teens. I'm happy to see you made use of the "honeycomb" again too.

I finished my Quilt-As-You-Go project from our class two weeks ago. I washed it and am LOVING the way it crinkled up and got softer. Thank you. If I have a chance, I'll stop by Riverside on a Thursday and show you. I'm very proud of it.

Debbie N. said...

I love this!!!! I need to make 4 of them for my kiddos!! Our floor would be one giant cushion ;) Stupid question though - how did you fill them? Did you just fold the batting over and over to fit? Stuff it in? That probably wouldn't work though, then the pillow would not lay flat nicely. Hmmm. . . I've seen the huge bags of poly-fil at Joann's, would that work?

Debbie N. said...

Oy! just saw your comment to another post. Sorry! Still love them :)

Chase said...

If we weren't moving in a few months, I would make a few of these. The size is perfect for movie and dinner in the living room. It is perfect for a 9-year-old to sit on for reading at home in her cozy spot. I keep coming back here to look both pillows. Now, I need learn how to pin this, so I can have a collection of to make, to sew! Thank you for sharing~ xc

Scrap 4 Fun said...

These are sooooo cool....I think I may need one of these too. Gayle

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Sarah said...

It looks gorgeous. Happy Birthday to your son. My daughter (eldest child) turns 10 in August this year too. I think the picture of the 10 year old sitting on the pillow gives a good indication of how big it is!

mamaacorn said...

Love the pillows! I think my boys would love them too, so I may be making my own soon! Thank you for sharing!

Anna said...

i love these pillows so much! My mom made us big pillows when we were little and I remember just loving them! So you stuffed these with just batting?

Heyyo Momma said...

These pillows are great! Definitely adding these to my To Do List I should be able to get to before my kids have their own kids. ;)

Esch House Quilts said...

What a great pillow! Thanks for answering the question about the batting. I was wondering where on earth to find a 36" pillow form :)

gale said...

I love these! I'll have to make some for my kids. I'm so happy to finally see a cool quilting stitch that I can actually try! (I have the same machine you showed in the link).