Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunshine Pillows : :

Sunny Pillows

Last week I pulled this sunny stack of fabrics from my stash, all Art Gallery Fabrics mostly from Bonnie Christine's newest line Sweet As Honey, with a couple Chromatics, a Reminisce floral, Squared Element in Lemon, and a Tule Folklore print added to the mix! A very happy collection!

For Sunny Pillow Making

With quick cutting & piecing and some shiny yellow variegated Aurifil quilting, I made myself a very cheerful set pillows!

Sunshine on my Cutting Table

Happy Yellow Aurifil

I finished both with binding, my most favorite way to finish pillows these days!

Sunny Binding

Pillow Backs

One in sunshine yellow and one in sunshine orange!

Sunshine Yellow

Sunshine Orange

A perfect quilty start to another new week!

Happy sewing!  Maureen 

53 comments:

  1. Maureen, these pillows are lovely. The binding on the edges is a great idea.
    I have a few questions about pillows:
    1. Do you use pillow forms?
    2. Do you have recommendations for choosing filler for pillows?
    3. How do you size your pillow cover to the inner form? For example, if you buy a 12 x 12 pillow form, do you make your sham the same size? You have such a nice, full fit on your pillows.
    Thanks!!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I do use pillow forms always. I recommend picking up the ones available at Jo-ann Fabrics. They are usually 40-50% off. For sizes, I like my pillows to feel very sturdy and full, especially since pillows will lose their fluff and will flatten over time from use. For these I made a 15" square finished pillow cover to fill with a 16" pillow insert. The fox pillows I sell in my shop are made to be 1/2" - 1" under 12" for me to use a 12" insert, etc.. It definitely makes for a nice, full pillow!

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    2. Thank you, Maureen, for your super helpful answer!

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  2. In the back of my pillows whenever I do an envelope closure I get some fabric sagging? Do you have any suggestions on why and what I can do to fix it? Thanks!

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    1. I had the same problem and fixed it by adding a fabric covered button on the bottom half, then a loop of fabric on the top- very pretty!

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    2. I think the trick is to be very generous with the backing fabric overlap, for example -- for these 15" pillow covers, I cut my two pieces for the back at around 11" x 15.5," hemming one piece and binding the raw edge of the outer fabric because I love that look. I hope this helps!

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  3. Beautiful pillows... Love all the tiny details!!!

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  4. So bright and sunny ~ just what's needed this time of year! love the quilting!

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  5. Ohhh, my favorite colors. You did a beautiful job Maureen.

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  6. So cheery and bright! Perfect for SPRING! :)

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  7. These pillows are really beautiful. I just love the orange.

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  8. So cheery and beautiful! Thinking I need to pull some fabrics and make a few pillows for our couch - - - or go fabric shopping?!!?! :)

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  9. What a lovely thing to see today. They're so cheery!

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  10. How beautiful, and perfect colors for my wishing-for-spring state of mind! :)

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  11. That is interesting that you made the covers up to 1" smaller than the pillow insert. I recently made pillow covers for my cousin's breakfast nook. I used a grey canvas, and I actually made the pillow covers 1/2" larger, thinking that they would shrink when washed. Since they were used over a bolster seat cushion, the pillows I made covers for were lined up on the wall to sit against.

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  12. I love how you paired the fabrics, Maureen! So sunny! I've been collecting the Sweet As Honey line this winter and wondering about how I will put it together .. thanks for your lovely blog!

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  13. Gorgeous as usual!

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  14. Love your blog Maureen...Your pillows are amazingly gorgeous...just as everything you make is gorgeous...You are such an inspiration to me. Makes me want to make new pillows but then I just did a month ago..

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  15. Thank you for this project. I am inspired by your blog and I sew want to make one.

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  16. Very pretty! The sun is shining here today -- definitely a mood booster!

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  17. A perfect project for today, as we welcome the sun later into each evening!

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  20. These are gorgeous! I really need to start adding binding to my pillows. It really makes them pop! Ugh Maureen I hate binding! lol Let me know if you have to many pillows in your house and need to find new homes for them ;)

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  21. I just wanna squeeze these pillows into a glass and drink it with breakfast! These are so pretty and a real treat for the winter doldrums!

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  22. Beautiful cushions, just right for spring time. Would you consider doing a tutorial for the cushions as I would love to learn how to do the block and edging you used?

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  23. i love these so much, maureen. seriously, STUNNING!

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  24. I do love bright and cheery, it gives hope that the sun might (eventually) come out again!

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  25. Maureen how do you attach & finish off the binding. Your pillows are gorgeous.

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  26. I love this sunny bright quilted pillows for spring and summer. Is there a way to get a better finish on the back side binding? Would it be possible to hand stitch down the binding on the back?

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  27. I absolutely love the colors and prints of these fabrics. The pillows look so summery and I can picture them outside on a porch swing! Making pillows was the perfect choice!

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  28. Lovely! I don't know which one I like more, tho I do love the bug. I like your binding edges.

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  29. These pillows are simply gorgeous. Love the fabrics!

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  30. Lovely colours! I can feel the sunshine :)

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  31. Those pillows are sure to brighten any room. Love the sunshine-y feel they have!

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  32. Beautiful!! I love the fabrics, they're just what we need after the winter..a little sunshine!

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  33. These pillows are beautiful! My favorite colors!

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  34. wow perfect pillow ! love the colors!

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