Sunday, January 25, 2015

First Finish for 2015: Grey Improv Pillow

My first finish for the year and it feels great! for the past couple years, I've made something for my co-worker's ringette team's fundraiser. First it was a quilt, then a pillow and I decided to make a pillow again.
pillow front

I used the Improv under the Influence that Krista featured in her MQG Pattern of the Month "Chess on the Steps," and taught in a recent workshop for the VMQG. I thought the grey could use a little pop of colour, so I added the flanges when I pieced the improv strips together. I'm really happy with how it worked out!

Grey Improv Pillow

I quilted it with Aurifil 40wt in a gorgeous green colour (#3320) using a motif inspired by Christina Cameli's newest book Step by Step Free Motion Quilting. I used my walking foot to quilt the wavy green lines, most of which were quite organic. I made two lines in each section parallel. I then went back and free-motion quilted some pebbles in between them.
Improv Pillow and Flanges

I used more of the green on the pillow back.
Improv Pillow Back

And finally, I added an invisible zipper as the closure (though it's not that invisible).
Invisible Zipper

The pillow cover measures around 16" square and I've stuffed it with an 18" pillow form to make it nice and plump.

This is my first 2015 Finish Along finish as well!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side


  1. Love it! The flanges are such a great idea - I may just incorporate them in a future project, great quilting, too!

  2. It's wonderful, I love the green flanges especially.

  3. Very pretty and yay for a FAL finish!

  4. Awesome !

    Greetz from Belgium,
    Sonja (scrapadoe)

  5. Love this pillow. It looks so moderen.

  6. Love this pillow. It looks so moderen.

  7. Love the grey and green!! Very nice!

  8. Ooooh I ,ove that. Great quilting too

  9. The flanges and the rows of pebbles make the pillow unique. Great work Felicity... you're an inspiration!

  10. I love it. Catches the eye so completely. And the stitching is the icing on the cake.


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