Happy Friday! How are you? How was the week? Well you'll be happy to know I did manage to finish up that little project. I even managed to get in a trip to Target before hand, along with a trip to get a pillow form, luckily on sale for 40% off !
Before I get started I want to tell you I was totally inspired by a pillow on Pinterest. It's been pinned a bunch of times, you can see it here. You totally need to go check it out, I think it's adorable and it's been on my mind since I pinned it.
Cutting the shape of the shield was easy. I folded a piece of paper in half and just cut what I thought a shield might look like. For me it just seems easier than drawing something. Maybe it's because scissors cut paper so smoothly, I'm just better at it than with a pencil. I traced the shape on some fusible web and fused it onto my shield fabric.
Phase two after the shapes.. I made the bias stems the old fashioned way. I love how cute the plaid looks cut on the bias. I used my Go! Baby Rose of Sharon die to cut the leaves and flowers. It's my favorite die, I use those flower shapes all the time and I think the leaves are perfect. When I don't feel like getting my die cutter out, I use the June Tailor Mix and Match flower templates that are the same shape. There is even a leaf template set.
I cut four 8 1/2 inch squares and made a four patch, then centered my shield and fused it. Then I did all my blanket stitching. Have I mentioned how much I love blanket stitching? You'll probably notice the pink striped bias pieces aren't there... I had planned on a bow but it just looked funny and after consultation with Elizabeth I left it off.
The pillow front has a layer of batting with minimal quilting around the shield shape and down each side of the 4 seams. I think the batting gives it some substance. I assembled it with an envelope back, and binding, that just seems so easy. Right now it's on my chair, but it will soon head into the pillow vault with all my other pillows for it's own protection.
I will note that I tried a 16 inch pillow form and it just didn't do the trick. I pulled out an 18 inch form I had laying around and it is perfect. Now my pillow is nice and firm.
Ok that's it. I'm glad I got it done. I'm very happy with my version of the pinned pillow. Have you been inspired to make something you saw on pinterest? Tell me about it.. I'm all ears.
Ok, have a great weekend! xo
P.S. It's Roseann's birthday, head over to Facebook and wish her a happy birthday!