I started with this stack of fabrics, shamelessly inspired by the color palette from Central Park.
Then, after a few crazy days on something I tried to call a vacation but was really a bit more like an exercise in sleep deprivation, I decided to cut into the fabrics and make some HSTs. I didn't really have a big plan in mind, so I just kind of played with the HSTs. I started with a stack of 5" squares of my prints and some handy dandy Kona Coal, then I sewed a 1/4" seam around all four edges, and cut into four little triangles, making four gorgeous HSTs. Never done that before? Check out this video - you'll seriously have a lightbulb moment!
Anyway, so after I started with the HSTs, I started playing with the layouts. I wasn't 100% in love with them at first, so I decided to shrink the size of my squares, and went down to 2.5" squares, and I really liked the change in scale, and using both sizes together.
Then, I kept adding to it, and wound up with this, which I liked very much. I also had a ton of leftover HSTs, so I knew a pieced pillow back was in order.
I stuck with some super simple straight-line quilting in white thread, to echo the design of the pillow front and I'm really happy with how it turned out.
After much indecision, I wound up going with an envelope bag - I used up the remaining fabric I had cut for this fabric - some strips of Kona Coal, some 2.5" squares, as well as some leftover HSTs. In hindsight, I wish I had just done a zig-zag all the way across, but I think this kind of looks neat in its' own scrappy kind of way.
|Note: That's just some dew drops on the pillow!|
I'm going to be a little sad to pack up this pillow cover and ship it out - I really do love it! But...I know somewhere out there, my partner is cooking up something extra special for me, so I think I'll survive. I'm excited to see what pillow turns out to be mine, this group is full of such insanely talented women, I'm super honored to be a part of it.
I'm linking up with Fabric Tuesday today over at Quilt Story - off to see what everyone else has been sewing up!