Just about a month ago, I enjoyed an amazing visit with my sister, Paula. She spent two weeks here in California and we not only relished the perfect, sunny days and lavender fields, and delicious wine…but we spent a lot of time together sewing.
Because, that is what we do. It is a passion we share. We love dreaming up our next project together. And we spend a lot of phone time when we are apart talking about quilts.
My sister needs a bit of a bright spot right now. Something to make her smile. Something to let her know I am always there for her and thinking of her…and so the Chevron pattern from Pillow Pop (designed by Brooke Biette from April Two Eighty) seemed like just the right thing to make her. It is a nice 18″ x 18″ size.
This is a fantastic design which uses some bright pops of yellow, lots of neutral solids, and some terrific low volume prints. That great yellow ruler fabric actually came from Paula’s stash because she knew I would love it. There are also some fantastic flower and bird prints, black and white text fabric, a bit of gray chevrons…and of course, dots.
Paula loves dots.
I used a mix of neutral solids which included some linens, cotton, and a blended fabric with a linen feel. The thin black border is black essex linen – a luscious fabric that I know Paula loves.
I pieced the back using more black essex linen, and a gorgeous text fabric also made of linen. The dot fabric hides a black zipper.
Bound with a pretty yellow stripe fabric, and quilted by echoing the pattern of chevrons…
…this is a pillow that truly pops.
If you have not had a chance to check out Pillow Pop: 25 Quick-Sew Projects to Brighten Your Space, compiled by Heather Bostic…you should. It is a great book and I plan on making more pillows using its patterns.