A Garden District Pillow

January 30, 2014 Julie

Garden District Pillow - In Progress

I joined the masses yesterday and called a “snow day.” Often, it seems like no big deal to open up shop even on days like yesterday. And, usually it isn’t as long as I can clear the walkway and driveway to make it safe for people to visit the shop. I’m probably going to be here anyway so why the heck not?

But, when you’re fighting a cold and sore throat, keeping the shop open sure does make it hard to stay in your pajamas and sleep most of the day. Which is what I really needed. And, I know it was exactly what I needed because I feel a million times better today. 

This time of year, the weather or sickness can force us to slow down. Maybe that’s why I’ve been enjoying the process of making this throw pillow called Garden District. The pattern is featured in Pillow Pop : 25 Quick-Sew Projects to Brighten Your Space, a new book I’ve recently added to the shop. This book has tons of great pillow projects that’ll help use up that fabric stash and give you a reason to try something new. Well, 25 projects if we’re being technical.

For Garden District, I grabbed a stack of fat quarters of Amy Butler’s Hapi fabrics and got to work cutting and piecing all the petals. If you’re strategic about your quilt projects and do your cutting and piecing in an assembly-line fashion, the project does tend to come together more quickly. But, quilting isn’t all about speed, is it? If it were, why would we take a whole bunch of beautiful fabric, then cut it up into a bunch of pieces and then sew it back together???

I had been craving a project like this pillow — one that allows you to slowly take on piece by piece and go step by step. Too often I try to rush through projects because I’m preparing shop samples or class projects. But, not with this one. One of the great things about quilted pillow projects is that you’re not committing to an entire quilt. You’re committing to a 20″ square. Just a 20″ square! So, relish in the process and maybe try a new technique. Why not?

Currently, I’m finishing up the hand quilting part which is just a running stitch around the petals with variegated Valdani embroidery thread. After I finish the hand stitching, I’ll attach the envelope backing and then the binding that goes around the permitter of the pillow. I’ll be sure to show you when it’s all finished.

What projects did you work on during these last snowy days?


The pattern book, Pillow Pop, Amy Butler Hapi fabrics, Valdani embroidery threads, and all sorts of other sewing tools and notions are available for purchase in the Home Made shop! Stop on by.


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