Text It Blog Hop - Soul Mate - a Finished Pillow!

Do you ever have a moment where you know you just have to say YES to the thing? Like, say, a blog hop for a book by Rebecca MAE Designs?

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I mean, we’re both Maes! We might as well be…

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

Get it? Get it? #sorrynotsorry

We blog hoppers were sent a copy of the book a few months ago, and when I flipped through, I immediately knew what I wanted to do. Lori, my amazing brand photographer, needed something to give away at a bridal show later this year, and the infinity Soul Mate pillow was perfect! (Because Lori and I have a very symbiotic relationship. That mostly benefits me.)

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The book version is for both a full quilt that you can personalize with your names and dates. In fact, it’s the quilt featured in the first pic! The book also includes instruction to make pillow shams, so I followed those and made it in Lori’s trademark colors - aqua and white. All photos are by her.

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The book includes seven different, adorable alphabets. This one was perfectly sized for the infinity templates (of course) and is just a fun, happy font. Easy peasy to stitch down - look how perfect I got the corners on that A. Go me!

May background fabric is Vintage Holiday by Bonnie & Camille. The other fabrics are scraps.

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is wishbones, which kind of look like infinity loops as well. I go all in on themes. I thought about cross hatching the outside of the infinity ring, or adding the hand-stitching on the ring that’s suggested in the book, but in the end, I wanted to stick with the theme. Plus, the infinity ring puffs out nicely without any quilting to hold it back.

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The book has instructions for using binding instead of stitching the edges and flipping the pillow right side out, but I really liked the clean edge here. I actually had fabric out (Lori’s border from her first t-shirt quilt) to make the binding before deciding it didn’t need it. But if you’re making pillow shams for your bed instead of a little couch pillow, you might want the book’s binding idea so it’s more washable!

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

This part! So, I’ve always done pillow cover backs horizontally, which sometimes leads to gappy backs because, well, pillows that are longer instead of taller tend to do that. It never once occurred to me, until this book, that I can make longer pillows with a VERTICAL envelope. I mean, duh. Really. So I did the vertical and the overlap is just perfect and look how nice and non-gappy that is!

Also - my labels! Dutch Label Shop! I need to do a full review, but let’s just go with - I love them.

Soul Mate Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

Oh those little aqua flowers. All the heart eyes! That was my one little scrap of that!

And now for the fun stuff! Do you want to win a copy of Sherri’s book? Of course you do! And there are TWO PRIZES!

I’m giving away a hard copy of the book here! (US only, unfortunately, but Joanne will be giving away a book for Canadians next Tuesday!) All you have to do is leave a comment about your soul mate (mine is CC) and make sure your email is not no-reply.

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(photo courtesy of Aurifil)

The second giveaway is for two spools of Aurifil thread - colors will be random and they ship worldwide! To win, leave a comment about what your favorite color combination is (and make sure you’re not no-reply!)

For a bonus entry to both giveaways, follow me on Instagram and comment with your username!

Both giveaways are open until March 19.

If you don’t want to wait to win it (or it’s March 20 and you didn’t win, boohoo!), you can buy a signed copy on Sherri’s page or a non-signed copy from Amazon.

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Each of my blog hop buddies will also be giving away a hard copy of the book and two spools of thread, and Sherri has a big grand prize, so make sure you visit all the rest of these lovely people and give them some texty love, too!

MONDAY MARCH 4 - BEE HAPPY

PAMELA JANE MORGAN - WWW.MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES.COM                             

SHARON LILABELLE LANE - WWW.LILABELLELANECREATIONS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY

LAURA PILAND - WWW.SLICEOFPIQUILTS.COM

LEANNE PARSONS - WWW.DEVOTEDQUILTER.BLOGSPOT.COM

KATE MUTER STARCHER - WWW.KATIEMAEQUILTS.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 - PILLOW TALK

KATE COLLERAN - WWW.SEAMSLIKEADREAM.COM

CHERYL DAINES BROWN - WWW.QUILTERCHIC.COM

DORIE HRUSKA - WWW.FOREVER-QUILTING.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM

JEN SHAFFER - WWW.PATTERNSBYJEN.BLOGSPOT.COM

LYNN KANE - WWW.PUPPYGIRLDESIGNS.COM

TARA MILLER - WWW.QUILTDISTRICT.COM

FRIDAY MARCH 8 - LOVING YOU

ELLEN AULT - WWW.HANDMADE3D.ME/MAINBLOG/

SHERRI NOEL - WWW.REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM              

MONDAY MARCH 11 - COUNTING SHEEP

DEANNE EISENMAN - WWW.SNUGGLESQUILTS.COM

RAEWYN BARGE - WWW.STITCHINGFARMGIRL.BLOGSPOT.COM

SUSAN PELLAND - WWW.SUEPELLANDDESIGNS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 12 - HOME PILLOW

JOANNE HARRIS - WWW.QUILTSBYJOANNE.BLOGSPOT.CA

PATTY DUDEK - WWW.ELMSTREETQUILTS.COM

ANDY KNOWLTON - WWW.ABRIGHTCORNER.COM

SANDRA STARLEY - WWW.UTAHQUILTAPPRAISER.BLOGSPOT.COM

CINDY PIETERS - WWW.STITCHINATHOME.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 - LIFE IS SHORT

BECCA FENSTERMAKER - WWW.PRETTYPINEY.COM

KATIE BOCK - WWW.SEWINGWITHKATIE.BLOGSPOT.COM

ALLA BLANCA - WWW.RAINBOWSBUNNIESCUPCAKES.BLOGSPOT.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 14 - HUSTLE PILLOW

TERRI BANDEN BOSCH - WWW.MEANDERINGSALONGLIZARDCREEK.BLOGSPOT.COM

WILLOW OLSON - WWW.BEARPAWDESIGNBLOG.WORDPRESS.COM

ERIN SAMPSON - http://auribuzz.wordpress.com/

FRIDAY MARCH 15 - SEWING MAT

LAUREN WRIGHT - WWW.MOLLYANDMAMA.COM.AU

SANDRA HEALY     - WWW.SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS.COM

CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH - http://www.cheryllynchquilts.blogspot.com/

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP

SHERRI NOEL - WWW.REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM