I apologize for my absence last week, however, with summer comes summer vacation! And we are currently on our way back from the west but I had to pop in for a minute and share this little pillow that was finished just before leaving.
This pillow came about because of the Scrap Vortex Quilt Along and a comment from my mother a few weeks ago that she thought her new apartment needed more colour. As I was sorting scraps for the QAL, I found many (many!) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch strips left over from this scrap beauty. Realizing that they are in fact quite colourful led to the pillow.
Here’s what I did – three rows of 15 of those strips are sewn to strips of grey measuring 1 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches. If you’re smarter than I am, you will begin and end with a 2-inch strip and use two 1 1/2-inch strips in between for a nice square 15-inch pillow top. Either way, trim up to either 15 or 15 1/2 inches square and layer with backing and batting. I quilted random-ish vertical lines in the grey about 1/2-inch apart, and a couple of lines in the patchwork. Create an envelope back and sew to the front to complete.
I used these great instructions from Amanda Jean to create the pillow form from leftover curtain lining fabric and stuffing that mom gave me when she moved (I’m slyly returning it to her in a new package :)). Amanda Jean also has a tutorial for making an envelope backed pillow (I usually just use my judgement rather than follow a tutorial, but if you are looking for one, you’ll find it here).
And that’s it – one little finished pillow to add some colour to a new apartment! Linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday.