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52 Pillows – #30 – Abstract No. 1

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Inspiration: West of my home in northern Utah is the Great Salt Lake, known for its very high salt content and miles of salt flats. But near the center of the lake lies Antelope Island. I grew up seeing the

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52 Pillows – #29 – Happy Trees

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One of my husband’s favorite t-shirts finally fell apart to the point where I couldn’t repair it. As he came to terms with this sad reality, he asked me, “Can you make it into a pillow?” Of course!… And so

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52 Pillows – #28 – Cube

Our house is pretty small and there’s not much room for a traditional kind of ottoman. Add in a toddler with a feeding tube attached to a rolling pole and there’s definitely not room for a traditional ottoman. So when

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52 Pillows – #27 – Milkweed

52 Pillows #27

When you think of Milkweed, you may think pesky weed, sticky white sap or something like that. Personally, I like it. I have fond memories of driving with my dad in the rural areas looking for Monarch Butterfly caterpillars on

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52 Pillows – Halfway! A Recap

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In February 2011 I began my “year-long” 52 Pillows Project. At the time, I felt my life had “become about surviving, being practical and efficient, stretching every dollar, sometimes just getting through the day” because of the stress. I was

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52 Pillows – #26 – Face

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My original idea for this pillow was to emulate this jacket I made years ago. The jacket face design was appliqu├ęd using woven apparel and quilting fabrics. For the pillow I decided to try felt, but I had planned on

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52 Pillows – #25 – Morbid

#25 Morbid

If you’ve ever been through a completely insane experience, an event that turned your life completely upside down, you can probably appreciate the value of a morbid sense of humor in getting through the experience. I know we have. Halloween

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52 Pillows – #24 – Chocolate

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My husband showed this video to me about Phil Hansen, an artist who developed neurological damage resulting in permanent shakiness of his hands, and how, after coming to terms with this challenge, actually used it to his advantage and as

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52 Pillows – #23 – Diversion

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Back in February, in the middle of our daughter’s most intense chemotherapy treatment, my sister brought a bunch of gorgeous fabric and spent a morning with me in my studio under the guise of my making a set of decorative

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52 Pillows – #22 – The Ten-Minute Pillow

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Baby’s napping. Never know how long she’ll sleep… My son’s been wanting a fuzzy purple pillow… I have had the instructions for “The Ten-Minute Pillow” for, I don’t know, 7 years or more, so today seems like a good time

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