Posted on Thursday the 26th February 2015 by Will Cook for Shoes
My living room is quickly filling up with quilty pillows. It's such a fun way to add colour and a personal touch to the space.
For my most recent pillow additions, I was playing with a beautiful selection of fabrics, which I received from Minerva Crafts. These are from the What a Gem collection by Alison Cole for Camelot Fabrics.
These colours were so much fun to play with!
I decided to work on a scrappy, string, quilt-as-you-go compilation. This is a fun way to pull together the different colours and patterns from this line. And I love the way everything came together for the final product. I used four 11-inch squares of batting to start. Then I cut up some of the fabrics into different widths and lengths.
For each of the four 11-inch squares of batting, I starting in the middle and pressed one of the strips of fabric, right side up. Then I selected another strip of fabric, lined it up - right sides together - on one side and used a 1/4-inch seam to sew together. I pressed open the fabrics, and then repeated the steps till I got to each end of the square. Then I trimmed off the extra fabric.
When I completed all four squares, I arranged them so they formed a diamond pattern and sewed them together using a 1/4-inch seam.
At this point you can quilt the top of the pillow as desired.
I had some fun and used a number of different free motion quilting patterns to bring out the texture and design.
I'm really trying to work on my free motion quilting skills. I ordered a new foot for my sewing machine and it has made ALL. THE. DIFFERENCE. I'm so excited to work on this more!
For the back, I used a simple overlapping technique so that you could easily slip a pillow form into the cover once it was done. The back of the pillow was also quilted in a coordinating design.
This was a fun project and I love the new pop of colour it's added to my living room!
What sewing projects do you love to do to add new colour and texture?