new pillows!

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Recovering our pillows has been on my list for far too long. Somehow it always gets pushed down the list in favor of a new quilt (or new Linden sweatshirt, if I’m being honest!). The other day a neighbor and friend asked for a little lesson on making zippered pillow covers and I thought I had best brush up on my skills before attempting to teach someone else.

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Thanks to this, pillow covers got moved to the top of my list and before I knew it, I had 7 pretty new pillows!

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At first I was just going to make one practice pillow, so I pulled out some Rifle Paper fabric. Then once I decided to keep going, I gathered some other favorite prints – some more of the Rifle Paper florals, a Skinny LaMinx panel I purchased ages ago at Nido,

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some of my favorite Umbrella Prints hearts, and a great handprinted panel from Spin Spin.

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I made my own piping for each and inserted an invisible zipper along one side. I read a few pillow tutorials to make sure I was going about it correctly, and ended up mostly following this tutorial by Jona Giammalva.

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I love her tip on using a zipper 4″ longer than your pillow (no trying to sew around that pesky zipper pull!), and was surprisingly pleased at how well glue basting worked here. I used it to hold the zipper tape in place and then used it while sewing the two sides of the pillows together. I think it really helped make this a nearly frustration-free project!

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(seriously, mom?)

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vintage chambray top

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I love yard sales, and despite not actually needing anything, I can’t resist stopping to browse. This summer I stopped at one sale and in the midst of a bunch of junk, I found a trunk filled with cheap fabric and then a handful of these vintage patchwork blocks at the very bottom. For $2 for the bunch, I certainly couldn’t not bring them home.

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These patchwork blocks are hand sewn and made up of stripes, checks, ginghams and other tiny prints (plus that one red solid!). There’s some discoloration and staining, but I kinda like it that way.

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There were a total of 10 blocks, though two were falling apart and slightly different in feel. I used the remaining 8 and paired them with a few chambrays and stripes I had on hand to make this large checkerboard section. I wasn’t sure how to enlarge it, so set it aside for a while. The other day I decided to embrace the ‘make use of what you have’ feeling that I get from these blocks (many of those tiny squares are pieced together), and pulled out the rest of my chambrays to see how I could piece them together to get this quilt up to size.

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I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and am so pleased that these patchwork blocks finally found their way into a quilt!

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solids, sans gingham…

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I feel like I say this often, but here it is again – this is another quilt that I didn’t actually set out to make. I have a number of quilts to finish, and a list of quilts I want to make, but sometimes I feel the pull of something that’s not even on the list.

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Such is the case here. After purchasing a bundle of Cotton + Steel’s new ginghams, I pulled out a bunch of coordinating solids – I made a few half square triangles with the ginghams and solids and wasn’t really loving it. I was into those solids though, so decided to move ahead with some hsts out of solids. I added in a few additional fall-like colors and, inspired by a quilt from Bold Expressions, started making and trimming hsts.

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The quilt I’m inspired by is made up of hsts with similar squares grouped together. It also uses hsts in varying sizes, so they don’t always line up. I love that look, but after making blocks in a variety of sizes and trying to fit them together, I found that I preferred keeping my blocks all one size.

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I couldn’t let the smaller blocks go to waste though, so I’ve added in a section along the bottom and a strip along one side with the smaller blocks.

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Those two gingham blocks? A little nod to the original inspiration!

 

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