Something about participating in the Holiday Edition of the Pillow Talk Swap got me in the mood for holiday themed pillows. If you’ve been following me for a while you know I love the scrappy look for projects. This pillow is no exception it is a great scrap buster project!
I used some of my very favorite prints: Heather Ross Briar Rose , Find the Narwhal by Sarah Jane, Pinwheels by Sarah Jane all picked up for a steal at SAS. Rachel Ashwell Twigs from the Wildflower collection (after searching 30min I could not find a purchasing link for you), a repro print from maywood studios that reminds me of wallpaper that I picked up in Afton, WY a few summers ago. My very favorite Liberty print that I got at Purl SoHo’s warehouse in Tustin, CA. It was $24 yd, so I bought a quarter yard and have slowly used to it here and there. I also included White Floral from Tasha Noel and used it again for binding.
It was rather simple to make as well. I cut random lengths of 2″ strips of the prints and made a 14×14 patchwork block. Next I cut a 14×14 block of the light grey fabric and basted it to the patchwork square (right side of the patchwork to wrong side of the grey square). Using water soluble ink I traced a 10″ heart onto the grey fabric. I hand basted around my hand drawn heart and then machine stitched along my inked line. To make the patchwork visible I cut the grey fabric as close to my stitching as possible (making sure not to cut through the patchwork)- thus revealing the heart!
I sandwiched the heart with batting and a muslin back and hand quilted around the heart and along the horizontal seams of the patchwork. I have decided hand quilting provides the best puckering post wash. My daughter is tickled to have this pillow on her bed- so maybe it’s not just for valentines day!