It may only be February but it feels like it's been a long, cold winter where in Winnipeg! We've had a bit of a reprieve from the "cold" part in the last few days but we know that's just temporary. It also feels like its been a particularly grey winter. 

That might be why I was feeling like it was time to freshen up my living room decor. I knew I needed something bright, something cheery… and something I could do in an afternoon.

I just LOVE these fabrics from Michael Miller. When they arrived from Minerva, I couldn't believe how soft they were. I think any of them would be lovely for apparel sewing as well - they have a lovely drape.

Oversized couch pillows are my go-to when I need a quick decor change. I use pillow forms that are 20 inches by 20 inches.

With six of these Michael Miller fat quarters I was able to make two oversized couch pillows in just a few hours.

The design for the front of my pillows is a nine-patch square, with each square made up of three strips. 

I used a 1/4 inch seam for the front of the quilted pillow. And 1/2 inch seams for assembly the front and back of my pillow.

First I cut strips 2 3/4 inches wide. The length didn't matter except I knew I wanted to be able to get at least two 7 inch wide squares from each section once I had sewn the strips together.

Sew three of the strips together on the long side. 

Press open.

Cut and square so each section is a 7 inch square. Do this till you have 9 squares.

I chose to alternate each section both in colour and in the direction of the strips.

Sew your blocks together horizontally first (three across). Press open and then sew each of the three sections together vertically. And there you have your pillow front top.

Cut a piece of batting to size and quilt as desired. I chose a matchstick design for my pillows.

For the back, I used what was left of three of the fat quarters. Sew two together along the long side for the bottom section. Cut batting to size, quilt, and then create a hem on one side. And with the remaining piece, cut batting to size, quilt and create a hem on one side.

Wrong sides together, place the front and back pieces of your pillow together. I use an envelope method for my pillows (woooo - no zipper sewing necessary). This means on the back, you will have your pieces overlap. You want them to overlap by at least a few inches so your pillow form isn't hanging out. This method makes it very easy to remove the pillow form and wash your cover if necessarily.

When you have your front and back pieces lined up, sew around all four sides. Turn your pillow cover right-side out. Make sure to get your corners turned out fully. Fill your cover with your pillow form.

Instant mood brightener!