Years ago I saw adorable cross stitch family portraits in Martha Stewart Magazine. I immediately knew I wanted to translate them into a quilt (I dislike cross stitching). After some thought, I decided on a sort of simple applique and made up these two pillows to test the technique.
Then I shoved the completed, but unstuffed, pillows in a pile in the shed and years went by. This week I found them, added stuffing and put them on the couch. I like them! My only complaint is that what was intended to be pink lips looks like a weird pig nose.
So these were done ages ago but, if memory serves, I cut out all the little squares, drew a chalk grid on the background fabric, sprayed the background with spray quilt basting, stuck on the squares, then sewed them down. After it was done I washed it to get the spray baste off (this caused some fraying but it doesn't bother me). I did notice that the spray discolored the fabric a bit. Whatever, done pillows.
Oh, and the pillow in the background was made from some cool sewn fabric I got in Costa Rica at a craft fair.
Tonight in the car, Oscar asked me, "mom, do you have a web on your computer? Not like a spider web. A web like daddy has on his phone when he says he's going to 'look that up on the web'"
The World Wide Web is a bit hard to explain to a four year old but he seemed satisfied with my description.