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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

More Patchwork Pillows

I have been really into making pillows lately.  I love the idea of have a variety of them around the house.  You know, a few for the kids to toss around and a few that are a little nicer that, dare I say, don’t get used.  I hate that it makes me sound like my mother, but with 3 kids blowing through this house like a hurricane everyday it is nice to have something pretty to look at that doesn’t end up on the floor.


I also feel like I don’t have enough quilted things around the house representing my work.  Quilting is such a big part of my life I thought it would be nice to have a few conversation starters laying about to share with friends or family. 


The first one here I pieced with the leftover scraps form another quilt I am working on for a Moda Bake Shop project, using a jelly roll of Good Fortune by Kate Spain and a Moda white jelly roll.  I had a small pile of scraps left over and I couldn’t bear to just toss them out with the trash.  Then I added a decorative stitch to the straight line quilting for some added visual effect. 

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For the second one I pieced together 1 1/2” strips of coral and white and cut them on the 45 degree line, then pieced the panels together creating a herringbone or zig-zag pattern.  I then used the same decorative stitch for the quilting.  The fabric is Clementine by Michael Miller from his Cotton Couture Solids line, which I am totally crushing on right now. 


Currently, I am working on a pillow using a Noteworthy charm pack and I not quite sure how I want to do the back.  I am not trilled with how these zipper closures came out, so any suggestions?   Or do you know of a great pillow tutorial I can use to learn something new?

Have a great day!

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  1. They look great. It's funny how we forget sometimes to make stuff for our own home! I am deliberately making an effort to make stuff for home.

  2. I love these. I also totally know you what mean wanting to make more things for my own home. You would not know that quilting/sewing is such a big part of my life from looking at home. I should change that.

  3. Your pillows are great! Kate Spain fabric is so pretty, isn't it. I thought you had used chevron fabric when I saw the picture. So clever to piece it like that. When I do a zipper closure like that, I place it at he bottom of the pillow, about an inch from the edge. Then if it isn't perfect, you don't really notice it anyway.

  4. Those pillows are adorable! I cannot believe I never though to add a decorative stitch to my small project quilting-- so cute! If you find the great pillow tutorial, please share it. You've inspired me but I have no pattern to use right now.

    Also crushing on cotton couture.... How soft and awesome is that stuff?!

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