Saturday, May 8, 2010
one mother's day patchwork pillow
This patchwork pillow goes to a special mother-in-law who is always so sweet to me and gushes over her grandboys. She is crafty herself, so I thought she would enjoy a pillow made especially for her.
When I saw the center fabric, I immediately thought of her. We both share a love of young adult books, and the cute little birds, bugs, flowers and trees remind me of a children's book. Did you notice the tire swing on this tree?
Of course, there are a million and a half ways to piece a pillow top together, but I decided to go with simple log cabin squares. Since it's my first one, I didn't want to complicate matters. And I just love the color combination! It definitely screams spring and I like how the darker grey frames the squares and draws attention to the pillow; white would have done the same thing, but I think grey is a nice change of pace.
I had no idea what I wanted to do with the back of the pillow. I thought about piecing the other side together to get two pillows in one, but ultimately I decided to keep the back simple, too, and just to go with one large piece. More flowers on light green and I surprising like this fabric now that it's on the pillow (I debated for 30 minutes). I could see this fabric as a major part of a full-size pillowcase.
And last but definitely not least, I included an invisible zipper! I used this tutorial from Sew Katie Did and it turned out great the first time! Well, next time I should try to get a little closer to the zipper teeth because my zipper isn't exactly invisible, but it's close enough for my first venture. And I love the pale yellow called Primrose; it matches the rest of the pillow just perfectly.
Definitely a Mother's Day success.
This pillow measures 14 by 14 inches. The perfect size for a little guy, too.