SAIL / STARS pillow

SAIL / STARS pillow | veni vidi vicky

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)

SAIL / STARS pillow | veni vidi vicky

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.

SAIL / STARS pillow | veni vidi vicky

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.

SAIL / STARS pillow | veni vidi vicky

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.

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This sailboat marks another item on my list of things I one day might make into a pattern, if the timing is ever right.

SAIL / STARS pillow | veni vidi vicky

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.

SAIL / STARS pillow | veni vidi vicky

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 ♥

veni vidi vicky

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.


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    • venividivicky

      Thank you so much Sheri. I love dense quilting but it can make a quilt stiff. Since I don’t use backing fabric when making pillows (each side is just the quilt top and batting, the whole thing still comes out pretty soft =)

  1. thecozypumpkin

    Oh my! There is so much I love about this pillow…the vibrant color, the design, the quilting, and those hourglasses on the back!!! I wish it was going to live at my house. ;)

    • venividivicky

      Aww thank you Amanda. I have plans to incorporate the hourglass constellations into another quilt. It’s one of those projects where I almost prefer the back to the front.

  2. Lorna McMahon

    What a strikingly beautiful pillow! I love how you used the backing fabric to make the mast of the sail boat and added the triangles in the water. The hourglass blocks add a fun element to the back, too. And the quilting is such a compliment to this fun design. Your friend is going to love it! Thanks so much for linking up with the Let’s Bee Social this week!

    • venividivicky

      Lorna, thank you so much for all these nice words, here and on instagram. I’ve been admiring how far you’ve come with your quilting and blog this year (pattern designing like a machine!). Your words mean a lot ♥

  3. Heide

    What a FAB pillow! Love the sail boat, and it reminds me of sailing into the sunset. The back is great too! Thanks for the link to the pillow tutorial.

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