Pillows, pillows….I really think this is my year of pillows! The colors in this one make me think of Spring…..speaking of which our weather has been beautiful the last two days and I’ve been out working in my yard. I was cutting some of my ornamental grasses and was sweating!
A couple weeks ago I watched the Orange Peel Quilt Tutorial by Jenny Doan and cut out a plastic template that let me get my piece out of a charm square block. I used a light weight fusible interfacing as mentioned in the video.
I decided to make a pillow but my block needed to be a little bigger so I added some 1 ½” borders to it.
Then I cut up some of the charm squares into 2 ½” square and added them to the sides. Yes….I know they are a little longer than my center block but I don’t care…..I just trimmed them off. There weren’t any quilt police around.
I added 2 ½” squares in the corners to break up all the color.
I like to make my pillow tops with a layer of batting and a backing.
I also caught the orange peel pieces in my free-motion quilting doing my usual little wiggle stitch. All of my sewing and free motion quilting was done on my 15-91 Singer straight stitch sewing machine.
For this pillow I had plenty of the background fabric so I did the envelope backing. I like to overlap about 5 inches on my pillows.
Next thing to do is sew the front and back together. Many times I cut the backing a little bigger and then trim it down after the pieces are sewn together.
Here is the finished back of the pillow.
The pillow is 14 inch x 14 inch and I also made a softly stuffed pillow form for it. The charm pack was an older one that I had called Terrain by Kate Spain.