I created each of our bedroom pillows from simple ideas that were floating around in my head. I had very few scraps left to play with, and I didn’t want to overwhelm them with too much pattern.
The 12″x16″ pillow was cut and pieced from a scrap block that didn’t make it into the quilt top. This pillow includes all of the prints from the top, grouped by color. I love the random look but my eyes and brain find it much more calming to look at something with a bit more order.
A few offset pieced strips, button closures, and this pillow was done!
The second pillow that I worked on was the selvedge strips. I used paper foundations to piece 4 6″ squares. I drew a diagonal line through each square, covered 1 side with grey kona and on the other side I added selvedge strips. The only marking that I did was to make the diagonal of the foundation. After each block was covered, I trimmed the edges to 6″ square. After playing with several different layouts, I decided on the striped design. I left the paper foundations on the blocks until after I had all 4 blocked pieced together. This pillow also has a layer of batting and some straight line quilting. I finished the pillow with purple piping, grey kona for backing, and purple buttons on the envelope closure.
The last pillow is probably my favorite. I wanted a pillow with out last name initial, “M”. But I didn’t want the look of machine embroidery. So I drafted a paper pieced block pattern! It’s a really easy process, especially if you already have some paper piecing knowledge. And it resulted in just the look that I was going for – crisp but not perfect! I also had the initial idea of using elastic thread to smock the border fabric, but decided to try using my ruffler foot instead. I left the ruffler stitches in until the pillow was complete, but I found that they distracted from the print in the border. I’m so glad that I pulled them all out. I love how the fabric has kept it’s print even with all of the gathering.
I have a few more Hope Valley scraps left over. I’m hoping to try a log cabin style block with selvedge strips next. First I need to get to work on Addy’s quilt and pillows, though. She had a ton of fun “helping” me with these, and she can’t stop talking about her new quilt and pillows. 🙂