Here are a couple of pillows I made to decorate our home with for Christmas this year.
If you follow me on Instagram, it's likely you've seen me working on them. I post so much more there these days. It's not that I don't enjoy posting here, but it's just so much faster and easier (and the pictures don't have to be as nice - thank you filters! haha).
I got the idea for these after seeing Tessa's tutorial for her Noel Patchwork Pillow. Great inspiration over there on The Sewing Chick! I didn't follow her tutorial, but I wanted to give her credit for the inspiration. The patchwork border is mostly 2.5" squares, except the solid red bits on each side which are 2.5" x 3.5". Every bit of fabric, fusible web (for the applique) and batting used for both of these pillows were scraps and not cut from stash. Even the fabric I used to back the pillow tops for quilting was something I was just going to get rid of (an old scratchy print from Joann). That makes me so happy!
I quilted them using my walking foot, every two inches at a 45 degree angle, both ways. I really like this sort of quilting for smaller projects that I want done ASAP. I timed myself on one of them and I had it basted, marked, quilted, and squared up in about 30 minutes. Not bad at all!
These pillows are an interesting size - roughly 11" by 19". I made them from some seen-better-days throw pillows we've had forever and were all floppy and flat. I made the covers smaller so I could stuff the inserts in to make them as full as possible.
I may not have a fantastic Christmas quilt to show off this year (one day!), but for now, I'm super happy with our little Merry & Bright pillows. Merry Christmas, y'all!
PS - Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a fat quarter of Tule from Stitcherie! Comments on that post close tomorrow, so get your entry in now.