I am sure I mentioned that I had joined a Pillow Pop Sew Along with my Threadbias pals. In the Sew Along, we have the choice whether to make one or two pillows. The pillow patterns are selected by the moderator for each month so we can then choose whether to make both, or just choose one that fits our needs/interests. There is one “Easy” pillow and one “Challenging” pillow each month.
I decided to make both pillows, and give them to my daughter. Living in an RV, I could have lots of pillows around but finding a place to put them when someone actually wants to SIT on the chairs, or SLEEP on the bed is sometimes difficult if not annoying.
Having to move a series of pillows seems to be too much hassle for the DH most nights. They end up on my side of the bed and then I have to put them somewhere. Choices for storing them are limited, so early one we decided to do away with the decorative pillows that came with the RV. I don’t miss them, and without a sofa it doesn’t seem unusual not to have them anymore. For those of you wondering, we took the sofa out when the bed part of the sofa become too uncomfortable to use. We replaced the sofa with a recliner for DH and a Canadian glider for me. We are both happy with the choice, but I will tell you our grandson wasn’t at first. He was about 6 at the time and still liked to cuddle up next to me when we were sharing a book. As he grew it became more and more difficult, and then impossible, for us to share a chair. Now he just pulls another chair up close and leans over the arm of the chair so he can still be close enough to lean his head on my shoulder. I love cuddly kids!
Back to the Pillow Sew Along.
The patterns for all our pillows during this 12-month Sew Along come from the book Pillow Pop. You can see the link to it over on the right side of my blog. I bought an e-book to use on my Kindle rather than the hard copy. It was my first time trying to make a quilt using an e-book. It worked fine, but I had to keep going back to it to refer to layouts, etc. but I would have done the same thing with a book so it worked out fine. It provided an internet location to download the templates needed.
“Easy” pillow for January is called The Metro. It is a modern looking pillow with different sized rectangles against a light background. “Challenging” is called Gumdrop and is a series of squares with curved sections. I used a light blue-grey mottled fabric for the background though it looks white here.
Metro turned out to be the Challenging pillow top and Gumdrop the Easy pillow top.
Why was Metro the “Challenging” one when it was supposed to be the “Easy”? The measurements were wrong in the book! The author has apparently transposed some numbers. It seems that samples should have been made with each pillow in the book prior to publication, using the exact directions and measurements as given in the book. That would have assured that all measurements were correct and saved a lot of headaches. The first one of our group to make “Metro” alerted us all to the problem so we were able to get the pillow completed.
I decided to do both pillows with Asian fabrics as I was gifted with a great many Asian fabrics back in October. You saw the “Origami Cranes” wall-hanging I did for my daughter at Christmas. These two pillows were also made for her so it seemed like she’d enjoy the Asian themed pillows too.
Metro directions called for a somewhat random quilting design on the pillow which I did follow. I think I would have enjoyed something else more but done is done, so it stayed that way.
Gumdrop was rated “Challenging” due to the curves. I found the curves very easy to do as I had worked with curves before and they went together very nicely. I did straight line quilting, using my walking foot to keep the equal distance between each line. I like the curves and lines together. One seems to accentuate the other. I think the Metro might have been nice with a radiating circle quilting design.
Back of Gumdrop, with an envelope closing.
Pillow backing for “Metro”, using pieces leftover.
I reduced the size of the Gumdrop pillow templates so I could achieve a 14 1/2″ pillow. It was written to be a 20″ pillow.
Metro, 18 1/2″, and Gumdrop, 14 1/2″.
They were fun to make, but I don’t mind waiting a few weeks to make the next two. These were mailed to my daughter earlier this week so she most likely has received them by now. She knew they were on their way.
That’s Pillow Pop for January.