I finished the heart pillows! I really love how they turned out. These have replaced the old IKEA pillows we kept on the bed, which I think were a little too busy for the quilt that we have.
To make the pillows, I used a free pattern from the blog, Noodlehead. The pattern was super easy, thanks to a video posted on the website. I’ve never sewn curves like this before, and had a little trouble matching making the red and white pieces match up perfectly, but the two halves of the square came together easily so I didn’t worry too much. I knew I wanted to quilt the pillow tops, which helped with any wonkiness in the edges. :) I think this pattern just goes to show that kinks in the details of a sewing project are usually invisible, once everything comes together in the end.
For the front of the pillow, I used leftover Kona cotton that I already had in both tomato (red) and snow (white). For the back, I used a decorator weight black and white striped fabric. What do you think of the zipper? They’re looking better with each pillow I make!
Blanca wanted to help model the pillow. Although, she’s such a gorgeous model, she kind of distracts from the loveliness of the pillow, don’t you think? ;)
xo ~ Amanda
Before school started up again this week, I was able to work in a quick project that’s been on my “want to make” list for some time now – quilted pillows! I don’t know why I’ve put off making these for so long – pillow covers are really easy to make (these are the perfect self-confidence booster for a beginner seamstress), and they make a room look so much more polished.
I haven’t really invested too much in home decorating since Jose and I have always been renters, but I do like to spend time making pieces for the home that I know will go along with our decor for years to come.
I got the inspiration for these two patterns from the book, Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal. I just love this book, and the history of the log cabin pattern itself. I love that the design lends itself so well to a more modern quilting aesthetic, which is what attracted me to quilting in the first place.
While making up these covers this past week, I realized there are so many great things about accent pillows. I hope you don’t mind me sharing here in list-form the many benefits:
- Pillows instantly spruce up the room with some color, and don’t require too much work (like a quilt).
- You can trade pillow covers out with the season, since storing them doesn’t take up too much closet space.
- Pillow covers allow you to practice new techniques with quilting, before deciding if you want to go at it full scale with a larger quilt.
- You can use scraps from old projects to make a new pillow cover.
- And last, but not least – new accent pillows (hopefully) hide the fact that you own a sad, slumped sofa. :)
I have a feeling these are not the last of the pillow posts! I had so much fun making the covers, and can’t wait to make more of them this year.
And last but not least – the dogs have been enjoying the warm weather this past week, and especially love the little patch of sun that comes through the storm door in the morning. I caught Blanca there in her famous tongue-out sleep pose this week.. Isn’t she gorgeous?
Hope you enjoy the weekend!
xo ~ Amanda