Plethora of Pillows: Painter’s Palette Pillow

For my Plethora of Pillows project, I chose to sew a pattern called Painter’s Palette Pillow by Laura Jane Taylor. It’s an easy, no-applique scrappy project sewists and quilters will love.

You’ll find the pattern in this book.


I chose a 20″ x 20″ pillow form that we sell and they are the softest pillow forms I’ve ever purchased. Really, this pillow pattern is so easy I almost made two of them back to back. I decided to skip the zipper and just make a pocket pillow. With two kids and a busy schedule, I cut some corners every once and a while. I’m sure some of you understand this! After I prepared my pillow background fabric with batting and backing, I started out by going through my scrap box and finding a rainbow of 16 fabrics, some of which I have collected from our Quilter’s Candy Basics fabric collection. I left out larger print fabrics and decided to stick with smaller prints instead, then I cut each square approx. 3″ square with my freshly sharpened pinking shears.

Quilting Fabric Selection

Quilting Fabric Selection

After I had each square cut out I arranged them in the order I wanted, then pin-basted them to my background fabric. (After I started sewing, I wish I had spray-basted with 505 Spray & Fix on the squares because it would have been easier to sew over the edges of the squares.) The next step was trimming up the pillow background.

Trimming up the top

Trimming the pillow top

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Quilting in straight lines

Then it’s time to quilt! I am not that great at free motion quilting, so I thought I could handle sewing straight lines. It was a breeze. I realize that the squares could have been straighter, but I’m sure it will look better once it’s washed. Overall I’m pretty happy with how my pillow turned out!


My finished pillow!


  1. Winthur - September 3, 2014

    It is so cute, Jenna! I want to make one…

  2. Jenna - September 3, 2014

    oh! thanks Winthur! 🙂

  3. Ann - September 3, 2014

    What an easy, clever way to add some color to a room! I like the rainbow effect of your squares. Good job Jenna!

    • Jenna - September 3, 2014

      Thank you Ann!

  4. Jenni - September 3, 2014

    Nice job Jenna! It’s so fun and colorful!!

  5. Meregilda Olivares - September 4, 2014

    I like all the projects but, would like to make some of them. Can you please give me an address where I can send for a catalog. Thank-You

    • Jenna - September 4, 2014

      Hi there Mergilda, I have signed you up for a catalog! (I’ve also deleted your address off of this posting)

  6. Teri - September 9, 2014

    Love it! What a great way to showcase some favorite fabrics!

  7. liz - October 6, 2014

    I luv this, how quick & easy! ??did u sew the blocks separately or did they get sewn down as u quilted the top?

    • Jenna - October 6, 2014

      Hi Liz, basically I just basted the pieces of fabric on the top, and then I quilted over the squares….so so easy, no blocks at all!