Wednesday, November 5, 2014

String Pillow

I had quite a few strips leftover when I finished Gumballs. I like scraps but I could have made another quilt all the leftovers I had, wufda! I put together this bonus pillow with a few of the leftovers. I still have plenty to round out my pink and teal stash bins. When I first started quilting I tried to keep my scraps as minimal as possible. I even threw scraps in the trash... gone but not forgotten, sigh. Now I always cut a little extra to build my scrap bins. This pillow was featured at Quilt Story!!

I cut the strips into varied widths and lengths of 3 and 5 inches and put the wider strip right in the middle. I had no plan while putting this together, just sewed together pairs and then matched them up with other pairs until I had long strips. I moved them around a few times on my design wall until I liked the layout. Using light pink thread I did some free motion quilting in a wavy pattern going the opposite direction as the strips. I saw a similar quilt top in Sunday Morning Quilts. Love.

I had a scrap piece of hot pink minky that was just the thing for the back... wow!

This is the second time I have used minky on the back of a pillow. It's a little stretchy and slippery but the backing piece is small so its a fairly manageable task.... hardly any swearing at all! Serious. This pillow ended up a good fit for an 18 inch pillow insert. It actually measures a little bit smaller than 18 inches square but I like my pillows poufy! This pillow is available in my etsy shop.

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  1. Love your pillow! It would be perfect for a teen girl's room. You have inspired me to use my scraps to make a pillow; I just need to learn how to put in zippers, and I'll be using up my scraps, too!

  2. I am always amazed when we as quilters can start a project without really knowing where we're going and come up with something so lovely in the process. The combination of simple pieced strips and colorful fabrics really works here. : )

  3. Cute pillow! And the minky will make it so cozy!

  4. That pillow is so cute! Love your colour palette! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  5. How lovely! Those colours are lovely together!