I had so much fun this week playing with shapes and making pillows! It is a nice change from working on big projects. It felt good to be able to start and finish in one day! I have quite a few charm packs that I have yet to use, but love the color combinations. They were perfect for these projects!
I started with the Feathered Fabric Charm Pack designed by Zandra Rhodes from Freespirit Fabrics. I had a triangle template that I received as a free gift with a quilting order on-hand that I had yet to use, so I pulled it out and started to cut. It was fun to play with the colors and layout on the cutting table. I found this adorable purple button in my button tin that used to be on a coat.
I also used Pellon Fusible Fleece to add a quilting dimension to the front of the pillow. I wish that I had also used it on the back. I used quilting fabric for the back and sides and it was not firm enough to hold the shape well.
I decided to go with the English Paper Piecing technique and used large hexagon templates. This size really showed off the fabric designs and helped make the sewing go pretty quickly.
This time, I used the Pellon Fusible Fleece on both sides of the fabric and quilted two different designs.
The results were wonderful! The pillow has much more structure and the fusible fleece made for a very cozy finish.
When hand sewing the final parts of this project, I used thread conditioner - Thread Heaven - for the first time. Once again, I had received it as a free gift in an order and was not really sure what to do with it. It actually made a big difference in the hand sewing! I can't believe that I have gone this long without it!
The pillows turned out adorable! I learned so much with these mini-projects. It's time to get back to work on finishing my quilt project. Hopefully, it will be finished for the blog next week!
Front of Hexi Pillow
Back of Hexi Pillow