Monday, October 6, 2014

quilted applique pillow

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When you make new pillow covers, do you just buy new inserts? Do you take off the old covers and store them for the seasons? Or do you do what I do and just put the new cover over the old one???

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Eventually, I'd like to buy more inserts and have more pillows on my couch but my motivation for this pillow was to replace one I recently made that didn't fit in my living room the way I thought it would. I wanted something really simple and I wanted to only use fabrics from my stash so I pieced together the simple two color background and quilted it heavily with light pink aurifil and then added the half circle applique. 


I actually used these fun novelty prints for the back of the pillow. Since I was only using stash fabrics, I figured I might as well choose from my novelty fabrics since I don't use those as often as I used to. 

Just a side note - I used french seams to piece together the bottom panel which was quick, easy, and worked well and I'll definitely use that technique again when piecing pillow backs.

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And another side note - the light was so great on my couch when I was taking these photos. I seriously should have taken pics of my kids instead!

13 comments:

  1. One of my aims is to fill my lounge with pillows too. But there are always so many other project distractions. This one looks lovely especially on your grey lounge. I like the idea of putting the new cover over the old one. I seem to store them and then forget about using it again.

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  2. This is perfect for a living room that you don't want to be cutesy. I love it!

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  3. Such a great addition to your couch! It's neutral and modern on the front, with a pretty little party on the back! And don't feel too badly about not taking pics of the kids. . .if they are anything like mine, they wouldn't have sat nearly as still and lovely in the light as the pillow did. ;)

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  4. I love the contrast between front and back. And it certainly looks like it fits into the decor perfectly.

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  5. Very nice! I do all three options. I replace some, I buy new and I cover some :) I only started making cushions recently though.

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  6. I love that it's all business at the front and party at the back!

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  7. I like the understatedness of the front (not sure that's a word!) I like to stuff a new cushion into a newly made cover but often don't have any on hand and repurpose old one!

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  8. The pillow matches your sofa so well, and I love the pop of pink you used in the quilting to tie together the colors on the backing. French seams are pretty amazing, and I keep thinking about how to use them in projects now that I have used them a few times.

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  9. I just reuse the pillow form. I love this pillow. You are so great at making sophisticated looking projects!

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  10. I love the simplicity of the pillow. I love those little 1/2 circles :-)

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  11. Just simple but so beautiful!!!

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  12. Great pillow. I love the modern minimalist design that you created but still a little pop of color from the back. I usually re-use my pillow forms; switching around the pillow covers I want to display. But recently I made a pillow for using batting scraps as a filling and it worked out pretty well.

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