After recently figuring out how to make a proper quilted pillow, I was on a bit of a pillow roll. I’m going to show them one after another as I get them photographed in a reasonable setting (as in, not in my poorly lit flat)
The SAIL / STARS pillow was a gift to one of my best friends. She is a serious lover of colour, so that was my starting point. I toyed with some ideas and tossed them all before I remembered her love for everything nautical. From there things went quick. After a simple sketch and rough measurements I sewed a sailboat up as a I went. No pattern, little math. Probably not the most economical way when it comes to fabric usage, but it was fun to do it this way.
The rainbow stripe background was decided upon after I remembered Rashida Coleman Hale’s airplane mini quilt. Sailboats, airplanes – just a different form of transportation. I guess that’s why it sprang to my mind.
For the back I pieced some small hourglass blocks and arranged them pretty randomly. After adding all the navy background (c+s match fabric), I found it to look like a constellation of stars in the night sky. Just like I had hoped it would! I’m in love with the little story of the sailboat sailing from sunset into the night.
This sailboat marks another item on my list of things I one day might make into a pattern, if the timing is ever right.
Fabrics I used are mainly from 2014’s Cotton + Steel collections. I loved using up some of the navy match fabric, because I never found it to fit into any of my projects before. The pink is from Tula Pink (how fitting, I know). The mustard is one of my favourite solids ever, I probably overuse it.
The pillow case was made for a 20×20” filling. You can read how I zipper-finish my pillows in this tutorial. I’ve gotten really fast at this and it’s oddly satisfying to have clean and sharp corners.
I hope you all will have a lovely weekend, I will spend it with my siblings ♥
This post is linked up with TGIFF this week at Qhezzetcock Quilts, Finish It Up Friday at crazy mom quilts, Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.