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Spring Pillows


If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you probably have noticed a lot of pillows! That is because I am sewing along in a Threadbias Pillow Pop group (actually, I’m helping to lead this group!). I’ve been trying to make at least one pillow for every month to help members of the group as needed. If you want to join us, there is no deadline to sign up. I am really impressed with some of the interpretations of the pillows from the Pillow Pop book  – we have a very creative bunch over there!

I’ve been getting ahead the last few weeks and have three spring pillows to show you today – they are all very different, but to me they represent spring so well. All three pillows measure 20″ X 20″ finished.

GardenDistrict.FinishedFront.010001April’s Pillow is called Garden District … and it was a bit labor intensive, but I made some small changes in the pattern which made it come together quicker (namely, I chose to strip piece some of the petals and used one fabric for other petals in the design).

The fabrics in this one were scraps of Bonnie and Camille collections to make the petals.

GardenDistrict.FinishedFront.020001I used Kona solid in Taupe for the trellis.

The pillow is machine quilted using a red thread and following the pattern of the petals.

GardenDistrict.Front10001I made a simple envelope back to finish this one.

GardenDistrict.FinishedBack0001FreshBloomPillow.Front020001May’s pillow, Fresh Bloom, is meant to represent a vibrant bloom of flowers using fusible applique. The project in the book used multiple colorways and over 80 circles. I decided I wanted something less scrappy looking that more clearly depicted a flower.

I chose three colorways: orange, yellow and gray…and cut about 45 circles of various sizes. Careful placement of each colorway resulted in a pillow which looks like a bouquet of brightly colored flowers.


I quilted Fresh Bloom by stitching about 1/8th of an inch along the edge of each petal and then echoed the entire “bloom” around the outside.

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The back is pieced and sports a hidden zipper.

PhotogenicPillow.front030001Perhaps my favorite pillow of the three is June’s pillow which is titled Photogenic. I was thrilled to discover some vintage Heather Bailey fabric – two older collections which I bought when I first started quilting and then had no idea how to use those huge prints.

This pillow is super easy to piece and I finished it in less than 3 hours. I chose a print with huge roses to be my focus fabric.

I really like how the turquoise and kelly green prints frame the whole thing.

The back is pieced with a hidden zipper closure.

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I used a simple, straight line echo quilting to make the pillow pop.

PhotogenicPillow.quilting0001I really had a lot of fun making all three of these springy pillows which I hope I will enjoy year round!




  1. carol marie carol marie
    April 24, 2014    

    Wendy, these pillows are awesome! I really love the “Fresh Bloom,” just gorgeous! I need to finish Garden District…been to busy to sew…ugh..

    • Terry T Terry T
      April 24, 2014    

      Such beautiful spring pillows! Love how they look on your porch. My favorite one is the Fresh Blooms one. Gorgeous! And I really appreciate you being our fearless leader making the pillows ahead of time to figure out the bugs!

  2. April 25, 2014    

    They are so great! You are so creative. 🙂

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