Monday, January 20, 2014

Getting a Good Start on the Year

Well now lookee here - a(nother) finish! Whee!

Pillow Cover Front

This pillow cover is 18" square and is a donation to my friend's ringette team fundraiser.

I was trying out a ruler I've got to see if the triangle shape would work for my VMQG/MQG Riley Blake Basics Challenge quilt. Again - two birds, one stone etc.! I liked what came out of my experimentation so I decided to make it into a pillow cover.

triangles closeup

Instead of batting, I fused the front and back pieces onto Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece and didn't use a backing when I quilted the lines. I marked them with a Hera marker. If you don't have one of these little gizmos and you like marking quilting or cutting lines, get thee to your favourite purveyor of quilt notions immediately and buy one. They're wonderful - they put a crease-type mark on your fabric that isn't permanent so you don't have to worry about pressing it, washing it etc.

Pillow Cover Back

I quilted straight lines on the front, and on the back, I added in some random zigzags to my seams and I kind of like the effect (look at the bottom right of the photo and you can see it):

back closeup

Anyhooooo, I followed the finishing technique described in Patchwork*Pottery's lovely Crane Star pillow pattern to make the envelope-style back with a nice little tie. I probably should've planned the placement of that accent triangle a bit better but this project was quite improv in its construction. A lot of "hmm...what next?" type thoughts. It was relaxing, though.

This is my first finish that counts toward my 2014 Q1 Finish Along goals. Hooray!

Finish Along 2014


  1. Very pretty! I love that finish for the back!

  2. I enjoyed reading about your process...very fun pillow back, I must say!

  3. I have a Hera marker too and it's pretty much the best thing ever. I can't imagine using anything else to mark quilting lines! Awesome pillow. I might have to get over my aversion to yellow... seems really popular right now and it looks super with grey.

  4. Very cute, Felicity. Since I hardly ever do any of my own quilting (although I aim to change that this year...), I have often wondered about the hera marker. This past weekend I did straight line quilting and used painter's tape. I think the hera marker would have been a much better option. Hence, I will get meself to me nearest purveyor of quilting notions....

  5. I love my Hera marker. This is very pretty--love the back

  6. Nice project! I love all the details!


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