pillow talk–part 1
When I opened my boggart wardrobe this fall during my sewing room clean-up, I found a bunch of pillow forms whose original purpose I had long forgotten. Later, faced with my usual Christmas gift dilemma (what can I make fast?), I remembered those pillow forms.
For Son #1, I made this window-paned pillow with a 20-inch pillow form using a fat quarter of funky mini-car fabric by Echino, a Japanese import I bought at Fabric Nosherie. It has a wonderful linen-like texture, cool vintage car motif, and a great blue-red color. I decided a finished 5-inch square would best highlight this fabric. Framed by the tan fabric, it pops. I quilted it with straight-line skewed quilting.
For the pillow’s reverse side, I found this long-forgotten masculine black-and-tan checked home-dec fabric during my sewing room reorg. Once again, it’s helpful to take stock of what’s already in house.
I followed this tutorial to make the zippered back–what a brilliant design! See how the zipper is beneath the flap? It makes for a reversible pillow, hides whatever zipper installation flaws may occur, and hand-holds those of us who are zipper-phobic (me!) with the genius use of fusible tape. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Autum for sharing this technique.
The only tip I would add to Autum’s tutorial is to remember to top-stitch after sewing the zipper to the bottom half of the pillow back.
I liked the zipper-backed design so much I used it again for this 16-inch pillow I made for Daughter #2 with strip scraps left over from the making of her bed quilt. I sewed the strips to make simple finished 4-inch blocks.
I quilted it with wavy lines as described by Faith at Fresh Lemons Quilts–my new favorite quilting technique. I never considered quilting waves with a walking foot–again, brilliant.
More pillows tomorrow . . .