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.
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.
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.
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!