Do you enjoy making pillows? They make a wonderful gift, a great way to add color to a room, and best of all, they are a great way to practice a new quilt block or some free motion quilting.
In my last post, I shared a tutorial for making 4 flying geese at one time. If you missed it, be sure and click the link and check it out or get the PDF that includes both tutorials.
16-inch Flying Geese Pillow
- ¼ yard teal
- ¼ yard orange
- ¼ yard light orange
- ¼ yard yellow
- ¼ yard cream
- ¼ yard gray
- ½ yard for pillow back
- 16-inch pillow form
Make the flying geese blocks in the 2″ x 4″ finished size (using the sizing chart).
- Cut (1) 5¼-inch square from the teal, orange, light orange, and yellow
- Cut (16) 2 7/8-inch squares from the cream
- Cut (8) 2½-inch x 8½-inch rectangles from the gray
- Make (4) different colors of flying geese blocks
- Using one of each color – sew 4 flying geese blocks together
- This will measure 4½-inches x 8½-inches
- To make a 8½-inch square block, add a 2½-inch x 8½-inch piece to each side
- Your block will now measure 8½-inches square
Repeat this step for all 4 blocks keeping the colors in the same order.
Layout your blocks and then sew them together.
Your pillowtop will measure 16½-inches square. You could also use this for a table topper.
Add batting and quilt. I also like to add a layer of muslin as a backing to my pillows. It is up to you whether you do this.
I used a gray thread on the gray fabrics and did some free motion swirls and then changed to a cream thread to quilt with a small stipple design around the flying geese.
Once again I am using fabric from my stash and I didn’t have enough of the gray for the back of the pillow. I found a fabric that was a pretty good match and used it.
FINISHING THE PILLOW
ENVELOPE STYLE PILLOW BACK:
For this pillow, I decided to do an envelope-style pillow back.
Each backside piece will be the same width as the front side and ½ of the length plus 4 inches.
This will account for seams and create an overlap which is the envelope part. If you make the pieces too short, you will have a gap when you insert the pillow form.
For example, my pillow is 16½-inches so 1/2 of that is 8-inches + 4= 12-inches.
Cut two pieces of the print 16″½ x 12″ for the pillow back. On each piece fold the one side under ¼” and press.
Mr. Mickey joined me in my quilt studio and found a pile of fabric that he could lie on. Looks like a quilt project for Halloween that never got finished!
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