Today I’m working on a custom order for some pillows. My mom and dad are getting their house ready to sell, and they have neutralized all of the paint in their house (a.k.a. no color on the walls). I was visiting them a couple of weeks ago, and helped them paint. While I was there my mom mentioned that she needed to make some new pillows for her living room couch. She asked what colors I would recommend, and I suggested green and magenta because she had a photo of a flower with those colors in it and a lovely Austrian vase with similar tones. I was going to help her pick some fabrics while I was there, but we just ran out of time. So when I got home, I called her and told her that I would love to make some pillows for her. I already have some pillow forms from Ikea (20″ square) and as you know, I have a lot of fabric. She took me up on my offer, so I got to work.
It took me a little while to decide what pattern to use for the main block. I chose the Ohio Star block pattern from Amy @ Stitchery Dickory Docks’ BOM Craftsy class last year. I love the flower fabric, it is so vibrant and lovely, and I knew that it would be perfect for the center square of the block. I fussy cut the flowers from the fabric to showcase the pop of magenta. I matched the magenta color for the hour-glass blocks. I combined the magenta cotton with a white linen. I love the contrast of the two fabrics.
Once the Ohio Star blocks were done, I used a thin border of a lime green cotton to outline the blocks and bring in the green from the flowers. Then, I chose a darker khaki fabric for the sashing, but I wasn’t in love with the solid color, so I decided to break it up with some more fussy cut flowers from the main floral fabric. It is finished off with a border of white, which I will also use for the back envelope opening. (That’s not finished yet!) Here is the finished pillow front. I am trying to decide whether to add some thin batting behind the cover and do a little quilting before attaching the back. Check back tomorrow for a look at the final pillows!