nordic pine pillow
My friend, Jill, is from up north, the daughter of a Lutheran minister of sturdy Swedish stock. When I came across this tutorial for a Scandinavian Christmas tree pillow by Kerry Green, I thought of Jill, of course. I followed the design for the front but used whole pieces for each red strip rather than piecing. Like the original, I fussy-cut a strip of tea cups, a nod to Jill’s beverage of choice. I left off the top and bottom white strips and trimmed to create a 19-inch square. I quilted it with organic (read, wandering) lines using a walking foot. It was free-motion quilting with training wheels–I like the finished look and it wasn’t nearly as anxiety producing as straight-line quilting or FMQing.
For the back, I quilted the top and bottom panels the same way as the front and inserted a zipper in the middle beneath the brown strip. I sewed front and back wrong sides together and then added the red binding. I like that the design can carry from Christmas through Valentine’s Day and beyond if desired.
Curious about our chicken? It (minus the hat and bow) is the work of ceramic artist Jens Morrison (circa late 1960s–early 1970s) and is a favorite piece of Daughter #2’s.
finished dimensions: about 18 1/2″ square; I used an 18″ pillow form