Monarch Batik Pillows for Rusty

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The Monarch batik pillows for Rusty were made with the Monarch collection from Island Batik. The pillows are finished and he is very happy with them. This is my 5th quilt project using this collection.

Pillows for Rusty

Here he is getting a little shut eye, doesn’t he look comfortable!

Rusty with his new Monarch batik pillows

Leftover Fabric From Circular Illusion

I had just enough leftover strips from my Circular Illusion wall-hanging to cut out a 8-inch square of both strip set colors. I then cut out a 8 inch square of one of the other Monarch collection fabrics, laid the strip square on top and cut down the middle of both pieces.

I then sewed 1/4 inch from the cut line to make 2 quilt blocks similar to how my Red Batik Table Topper blocks were made (see the tutorial).

Quilt Blocks

These were the quilt blocks that I made. I decided I didn’t like too much yellow so I got out my handy seam ripper and removed both yellow half square triangles and replaced them with one of the red batik prints.

Quilt blocks with a yellow batik that I didn't like

This Works Better

Using one of the batiks that are the reds works better.

Adding coordinating fabric blocks

Add Sashing

I didn’t realize the pillows were rectangle until I finished piecing the blocks. I just added a 2-inch sashing to the sides to get the size I needed. I used another coordinating batik from the collection.

Added sashing to the sides of the blocks

Finished Pillow Covers

I did a envelope style backing for the pillows.

Finished pillow covers from the Monarch batik collection

The First Pillow

Here is the first pillow, it looks pretty good on the Sofa quilt doesn’t it?

One of the batik pillows

The Second Pillow

Here is the second pillow, which has some of the yellow/gold batik strips.

Another pillow

Sofa Quilt and Pillows

It looks good having matching pillows on the couch.

Pillows on the sofa quilt

Rusty Goes To Sleep

Rusty was glad when I finished taking my photos so he could go back to sleep.

One More Quilt Project Coming

I have really enjoyed working with the Monarch collection from Island Batik and I have one more quilt project and tutorial to share with you. That will be my next post!

Table runner tutorial coming soon

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  1. Love it. The colors blend perfectly. You’re an amazing dog Mom. Rust is SO lucky!

  2. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    Lucky Rusty!!! Both the couch quilt and the pillows look fabulous…so does your table runner!!

  3. What lovely weather you are having Connie. Hope you are able to make the most of it. Rusty’s quilt and pillows look gorgeous. I hope you are getting plenty of doggie treats with all this modelling you are doing Rusty as im sure its very tiring for you 😊

  4. Stacia Roble says:

    So lovely! Rusty is King of the house now: rescues so very much deserve that title! I’m sure he feels like one special member of the family.

  5. Those look great on the sofa. I really like that Monarch line. Rusty matches it perfectly too.

  6. Another great project and using up scraps also. I know we all enjoy Rusty’s inclusion too. I see a nice Table runner. Have you posted this before or have a pattern, or are you teasing us for something upcoming?
    Glad your weather is getting better. Spring is close by!

  7. Bonnie Wilson says:

    Rusty looks so comfortable in his luxurious sofa bedding!!! I like the idea of putting the smaller strips next to a corner fabric…I think I will try it!!!
    Thanks for all your ideas!

  8. Beautiful work and Rusty is adorable.

  9. Rsty really got the hang of being the Pet! Indie doesn’t get on the furniture any more but that’s because she can’t jump up anymore – so she has a double dog bed with several quilts for “fluffing”. This fabric you choose is beautiful!!!!!!! Thanks

  10. Marion Jenkins says:

    Your sofa looks fabulous with the quilt and matching pillows Connie. I love the colours including the yellow/gold. Bless Rusty. I’m so pleased he’s settled so well with you. Thankyou for all that you do and share. Best wishes xx