My pillow made it to the Semi-Finals!! WooHoo
I'd love your help to become Champion of the Pillows!
Edyta Sitar’s new pillows from
Pillow Talk: 25 Lovely Pillows for Your Home Sweet Home,
sparked the idea for a fun contest sponsored by
Fat Quarter Shop and it's been so much fun!
Check out their blog for lots of info and
a chance to win goodies!! Click Jolly Jabber
To me, pillows are like potato chips, you can't just have one!! So I went a little crazy and made a few, because the patterns in the book are so much fun, I just couldn't stop at one! I decided to put a modern spin on the Spectrum Pillow by irregularly cutting the strips and adding a burst of black down the center. I used a fun black and white striped binding after I finished the backing pieces with some charcoal Essex Linen. I also made a fun triangle pillow using the same Spectrastatic Fat Quarter Bundle | Giucy Giuce for Andover Fabrics and a Creative Grids triangle ruler and I loved how the two look together!
My inspiration for my modern pillows came from my bedroom. I decided I needed a few modern decorative pillows for my bed because we just moved into a new home 9 months ago, and I have a clean slate! So you'll have to check back for updated pictures once I get my room all finished. I'm planning to recover my headboard and paint the walls a light grey to go along with my solid white duvet cover. It's going to be fun, so stay turned for that.
Since I am a long arm quilter I finished all of my pillows at one time, I loaded one really big piece of muslin fabric for the backing, then one big piece of batting, then placed all of the pillow fronts on top and basted down the 4 sides of each pillow. Then, I picked out pantographs for each pillow and since they are only 18-20 inches they stitched out really fast. If you work with a long arm quilter for your quilts, you might ask if he or she is willing to load all your pillows at once so you can save time and money. Here are a few behind the scenes of all my pillows loaded on my long arm at once.
I also made an extra bonus pillow based on the Lucky Charm paper pieced pattern from the book, I added some bubbles on the long arm to give it some fun texture, but I forgot to take pictures of that one.
Since I have an IKEA close by my house, and I am putting these pillows on my bed, I decided to get some big fluffy 20" down pillows and I love how they look and feel! The picture below really looked pretty with the sun shining some amazing rays through the window onto all those colors! I attached the binding to the fronts of the pillows and then folded them over to the back and then hand stitched them down. Oh wait, when I do pillows I also cut my binding only 2" because I really like the thin look better.
Most of these pillows can be done in a day or two, especially if you use the pillow kits that the Fat Quarter Shop stocks! All the pieces are laser cut and perfect, and they already have the fusible on the back, so all you have to do it press them and quilt them. I got two of the kits shown below, I picked the Dot Dot Dot Pattern and I also made the Rainbow Drops Pattern after pressing the little pieces onto the provided background fabric from the kit, I just put them on my long arm, picked a dense panto and secured them that way. I figure since they are decorative they are not really going to be used all that much, and when they start to look worn out, I'll be excited to order new fabric and make more!! I really encourage you to try them, even if you are a beginner, you will love what a fast and fun project they are. They also make great gifts! You can do this!!
Fat Quarter Shops offers fabric kits for many of the pillows in the Pillow Talk Book. Each pillow fabric kit includes the Laundry Basket Favorites fabric for the 18″ x 18″ pillow top. You will just need to order the book and 0.375 yard for binding and 0.625 yard for backing separately.
Please be sure to come vote, in the meantime, if you sew up some Pillow Talk pillows, be sure to share your projects using #PillowTalkBook and tag Fat Quarter Shop for your chance to get a shout out on Livestream!
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Hey Y'all, I'm Gina Tell! I live on Lake Travis just North of Austin Texas. I'm a full time long arm quilter and lover of all this art and outdoors!!