Daisy May Sunflower Pillow

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I think all of us enjoy making gifts, of course sometimes I have a hard time waiting until Christmas to give them to someone. I’m not sure who will get this pillow and for right now I decided to call it the Daisy May Sunflower pillow as it is so bright and summery looking.

Daisy May pillow at Freemotion by the River

I bought a new accuquilt die at Christmas time and this is the first thing I cut with it. There wasn’t as much contrast between the petals as I wanted so I had to add some more stitching to it.

Here is the flower with the center pebbled and some lines on the petals. I really like pieced backgrounds.

outline stitching on a flower at Freemotion by the River

I decided this will be a pillow, it is about 13 inches square so I used a piece of a old sheet on the back and did some quilting on the large petals with a little darker color. I really wanted to use the color I had done the outlining with but then my stem lines would disappear. Once this was done it really didn’t darken the petals much. I then did some echoing around the flower.

Lots of free motion quilting on a pillow at Freemotion by the River

Here you can see the stitching up close.

Closeup of quilting on a flower at Freemotion by the River

Finished size of the pillow ended up being about 12 inches square so I used an old sheet to make a pillow casing and stuffed it. I bought a couple of pillows from Ikea that were way too plump so I’m using the stuffing which is really nice. I’m strange…..I like flat bed pillows.

Stuffing the pillow

Pillows are always so much fun to make.

Daisy May pillow at Freemotion by the River

I used my AccuQuilt Go! and dies for these projects. Last week I showed you the flower I made and turned into a table topper. Be sure to take a look at the flower table topper I also made with this die.

Projects using the Accuquilt die Flower Power at Freemotion by the River

I was asked which die I used and it is the AccuQuilt GO! Flower Power #55309

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  1. I just saw this tutorial about an hour ago and fell in love with it, colors and quilting! All I need is the die-cut and it will be on my to-do-list! Thank you for sharing this Connie, I love your tutorials!

  2. What a beautiful cushion – I bet your family/friends/potential present people are saying "pick me, pick me!" I really love how the pieced background gives it extra life.

  3. That is a really cute and sunny pillow! I think I'd like to make one of those for my mother-in-law! She really loves sunflowers!

  4. I really like your pillow and think making something each month a great idea. I'm going to see if I can combine this monthly goal with the Let's Book It challenge and move some books to new homes and finally make something out of them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Beautiful pillow! I love sunflowers. I am sure your giftee must, too, and will be very pleased … 🙂 Pat

  6. I really really like the sunflower pillow. I don't have an accuquilt cutter, but I suppose I could cut it the old fashioned way. Either way, it is just beautiful.

  7. This sunflower pillow is stunning. How lovely to have a Christmas 2014 gift completed. Blissful Stitching…

  8. Your pillow is gorgeous and I can't believe that you are already making your 2014 Christmas gifts . . . talk about being prepared 🙂
    Keep Smiling.
    Your blogging sister, Connie 🙂

  9. I so love this pretty flower pattern you are using. It really stands out. Your stitching is just awesome! It will make someone a lovely gift!

  10. I love your Daisy May Sunflower pillow! I think the colors are fantastic (and the quilting). I like sunflowers and it reminds me of a sunflower block from an old book that I have were the petals have a small pleat at the center giving it a little dimension. I think I will look for it and make a sunflower pillow too!

  11. What a gorgeous pillow, Connie! I can help you with who to give it too! 🙂 I really love that scrappy background and your quilting is the perfect finishing touch. It looks like a very expensive designer pillow. Not that I know what a designer pillow looks like, but yours sure does look classy! Nice job!

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