Orange Peel Quilt Pillow

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Orange Peel Pillow

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.

Orange Peel Pillow

I decided to make a pillow but my block needed to be a little bigger so I added some 1 ½” borders to it.

Orange Peel Pillow

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.

Orange Peel Pillow

I added 2 ½” squares in the corners to break up all the color.

Orange Peel Pillow

I like to make my pillow tops with a layer of batting and a backing.

Orange Peel Pillow

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.

Orange Peel Pillow

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.

Orange Peel Pillow

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.

Orange Peel Pillow

Here is the finished back of the pillow.

Orange Peel 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.

Orange Peel Pillow

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  1. I love it and even more so because it is with Kate's fun and bright fabrics.

  2. Nancy @ Wrapped In Love says:

    Love the colors and YOUR pillow!!! Up the Mississippi from you! 🙂

  3. JanineMarie says:

    This pillow is scrumptious! I think it would also make a really fun quilt. I'm intrigued by your little wiggle FMQ stitch for the applique. I only have straight stitch on my machines, so I will definitely need to try this out.

  4. What a beautiful pillow Connie. I really like the added border you created for this one. So pretty.

  5. Missy Shay says:

    I love how your pillow turned out!

  6. Createology says:

    Fabulous Pillow and it looks like it is welcoming Spring.

  7. Love that Terrain line and made a quilt out of it that is on our bed right now. Love your pillow!

  8. That is so cheerful and refreshing Connie! I really love it – fabrics, design, quilting and everything! I got so excited to hear that you do a wiggle stitch with your 15-91, because i do the same thing when appliqueing with my 301! Who says they aren't zigzag-able machines? LOL

  9. I was fond of Terrain when it came out – how nice you still had some to play with and it made for a sweet pillow.

  10. Very pretty! Very springy! I love all the colors and of course you did an amazing job! 🙂

  11. Susan Arnold says:

    That's a very attractive pillow, and perfect for spring! Love your fabrics!

  12. This cushion is just so cheerful, its delightful : )

  13. I LOVE your pillow! So spring-y!!!

  14. Vicki in MN says:

    Cute pillow, but I can see why you love them, nice small project that can be done quickly and it's so useful! It's nice out here too, maybe not as 'hot' here though-we still have snow on our lot-north side of a hill.

  15. charlotte says:

    I love your pillow. I might have to make one. I have been wanting to try the orange peel in a small project and this looke perfect!

  16. lovely pillow! and you say 2015 is the year of pillows?? I thought 2014 was…..?? you have a problem Connie, you are quite addicted to pillows!! LOL
    Do you have any pillow shapes left or re-use or buy more??
    inspiring and fun and great job on the quilting