I’ve been on a paper piecing kick this summer!
Phases like this usually set in after I’ve finished a couple of traditionally pieced quilts. In true fashion I made some baby quilts in spring and since felt drawn to smaller projects that include more precise designs. I’d never have the patience to make a bigger quilt with the paper piecing technique, but there are so many great blocks out there that translate well into a pillow cover or other small projects.
I’m in love with the Kitten Around block by Michael Ann Made. I had this idea of a pillow top with 4 cat blocks set inside a colourful frame, so I went ahead and purchased the pattern. To mix my layout up a bit I mirrored one cat template before printing the copies out. This way one of the kittens ins facing the other way. Sneaky thing!
For the colour palette I started out with a fabric I was set on using on the backside of the pillow – it’s from the Collage collection by Carrie Bloomston. I pulled coordinating prints and basics from my stash and ended up with a colour story pretty unusual for my taste. But since I had already decided to turn this project into a birthday gift for a good friend, it fit perfectly. She loves cats and I knew the palette would please her eye. Win!
Prior to sewing the 4 cat blocks I added strips of fabrics to two sides of each of the block. This formed a kind of log cabin finish framing the central blocks.
The finished pillow cover measures 16×16” (so fits a standard small pillow size 40x40cm, as we have them available in Germany). I used my zipper technique for fully quilted pillows again, since I quilted both the front and back side of the cover. The bonus using this method is that there’s no ‘backside’. Instead the pillow is equally usable from both sides.
I finished this work in progress in time to enter it into the ‘Modern Makers Retreat Cushion Palooza’. If you check their hashtag #mmrcushionpalooza on Instagram, you will find a wonderfully inspiring collection of all sort of handmade pillows.
This post is linked up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Thank God It's Finished Friday this week at Celtic Thistle Stitches, Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story and Sew Cute Tuesday at Young Texan Mama.
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