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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.

vintage car pillowFor 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.

IMG_1012For 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.

zipper is hidden!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.

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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.

wavy quilting alaI 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.

IMG_1018I used Aneela Hoey’s Little Apples turtle fabric for the back. The wavy quilting looks like wind blowing through the trees.

zigzig pillow backSee how with the zippered back it looks like another pillow? This technique is a keeper.

More pillows tomorrow . . .

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2 thoughts on “pillow talk–part 1

  1. Dana Silver on said:

    You’re giving me inspiration !

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