These new quilted pillow covers have been a long time in the finishing, and then hung around almost as long in the to-be-photographed queue. The two on the ends are the result of turning Jackie’s Block of the Month sew-along into a pillow-of-the-month effort (the “of the month” part has slipped a bit). The bluebird pillow in the middle started as a leftover block from the early spring, 2011, Blockapalooza sew-along, so it’s been very patient.
These are the tip of the pillow iceberg; more pillows and pics will follow as I get things edited and draft some Etsy copy. I’d planned to put all three of these in the Etsy shop, but Mr. de Hilo won’t let me sell the bluebird one, so we get to keep it.
I was secretly hoping he’d pick it out, and probably would have kept it for myself anyway.
I’d like to keep all of them, but there’s a limit to how many throw pillows any household can absorb. My plan is to monitor shop stats for a while to see which get pinned/viewed or gosh, even sell, and retrieve the lonesome-est ones for couch use.
Here’s the bluebird, head on:
The back is Amy Butler “Coreopsis” in home dec weight. I’ve had that fabric in the stash for several years, and am glad I didn’t use it for something else, because I love it here:
The line across near the bottom is the edge of the lapped zipper. I don’t like envelope closures (they have a way of gaping open that creates a hunchback effect), so all of my pillow covers get a zip. Bound edges are growing on me, too, in spite of being extra work.
This one got some free-motion leafy play in the corners and border, in bright blue thread:
I wish I had more of that border fabric, but the scant 1/3 yard grabbed from a remnants bin is long gone. At the time I made the original block for this I only had an FQ of the bird print (it’s the enchanting “Summer Tree” by Philip Jacobs). I’ve since accumulated a satisfying amount of yardage in several colorways, so there may be more bluebird pillows in my future.
Detail pics of the other two pillows in this batch coming up in a next post…