Monday, September 10, 2012

my love affair with 2 inch squares

Pillow
after the sailor mouth swap i got on this kick of cutting 2" squares from scraps. i tried to gather some low volume scraps to make a patchwork pillow, though honestly my scraps have so many brights that this doesn't really fit the low volume requirements. every square is a different fabric. i'm finding it hard to break that obsession. i'm working on a baby quilt with 2" squares now and i have to tell myself that it's ok to repeat fabrics now and then.
Pillow
i kept the quilting at a minimum. i used aurifil 50 wt mako to piece and to straight-line quilt. like the rest of the quilting world, i really loved using aurifil. it's quite thin and seams press nice and flat. i also did not have the shredding/breaking problems with quilting that i did using the sew fine poly thread. i just ordered a cone of white. it will be my go-to piecing thread from now on for certain.
Pillow
the last time i was at joann's i bought a couple of 16" pellon pillow forms. with sales/coupons i found them very reasonably priced and they are nice and puffy.
Pillow
for the backing i used some cute walk in the woods fabric. the binding is some gray riley blake chevron that is handstitched to the back.
Pillow
i used my favorite exposed zip closure. i find that it's slow to make but it does have the nicest results. i made another pillow just after i finished this one with an envelope closure and i don't like it as much.

5 comments:

  1. So cute! I love these bright squares, and the backing fabric is so fun!

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  2. It's a really fun pillow! I have been cutting 1.5" squares as I work on other projects. I'm not sure how crazy I'll get with them, but this pillow is inspiring for that!

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  3. Nice!! I just bought some of the big-ass Riley Blake chevron myself. I think I want to do a skirt though with it...

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  4. this is my favorite and i LOVE the binding!

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  5. Darling! Wondering if you can direct me to a tutorial for the exposed zip?

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