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Pillow for my partner

As I wrote in my previous post, I have been participating in the second round of the Pillow Swap over on flickr.  Don’t tell anyone but, this is the first pillow that I have ever made–well in fabric–I did crochet myself a pillow once….  Anyhow, I just finished up my pillow this morning and wanted to share it with you.  I started with these fabrics(they got edited just a tad as I went along) & some Kona cotton in Snow:

Cathedral windows were first on the agenda.  It’s a design that I have been wanting to try for awhile just never got around to it.  I had several tutorials already saved in my favorites so I read over them.  The one I found most helpful was this one by Hyena In Petticoats–although there are several with a simple google search. 
I decided to feature a little bit of applique within the pillow as well.  I had seen some applique stitching that I wanted to try that gives a really neat effect–plus, I loved the idea of adding some cute birds.
I used my darning foot, feed dogs down & stitch length set to 0 & then just went around the birdie several times adding the legs, fluff, beak & eye after several passes.  I also used a fusible innerfacing on the back which is something I do quite often when doing any sort of applique–this really helps even out your stitches and prevent puckering.
And, here’s the finished product:
I added the small gray border and a fun little strippy border using 1″ strips of fabric–took quite a few of those little boogers LOL.  I did just a little bit of machine quilting using a gray thread to outline the center portion as well as the gray border.  I finished off the pillow with a hand sewn binding.  I really love the binding and how it finishes off the pillow–definitely something I’ll be doing again–maybe even for pillow #2. =)
And the other little birdies:
For the back, I added a little ticker tape border and a pocket closure.
The pillow finished out at 18″.  I hope my partner loves it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Comments (18)

  • I absolutely love this!

    I have always wanted to try cathedral windows, but they look so hard and I am too chicken.

  • I'm sure your partner will love this. I can't believe this is your first pillow! You've got some great skills! All that attention to detail and great eye for colors.

  • This is ridiculously gorgeous! What a lucky partner you have! Great fabric choices too!

  • Ohmigosh, that is exquisite!! How can you bear to part with it? Your partner will be stoked!!

  • The tickertape back is fantastic! There's no way your partner could not love it to death 🙂 Where did you get your fabric?

  • That is one beautiful pillow!! great job!

  • so lovely that you received a cathedral Windows pillow too! How I wish I were your partner – birds, neutrals, grey, applique – fantastic!!

  • Thanks so much everyone! Jeanette–you should definitely give it a whirl–it does take a bit of time but not difficult at all. =)

    And, for those who asked–the fabrics were all from my stash–which is obscenely ridiculous LOL! =)

  • Just amazing! I've been wanting to give those windows a try, but keep waiting until 'later'.

    This is such a happy, spring pillow 🙂

  • I can not believe after seeing this on Flickr it is your first pillow. I so love, love love this pillow and the birds totally make it.!

  • Seriously, you're first pillow?! It is amazing and I'm so thrilled to give it an excellent home!!! Thank you for the wonderful surprise in the mail today! 🙂 I love it. Jessica

  • Love those birdies! You did a "marvelous" job!

  • Did you hand stitch the windows or did you do it by machine? The stitches look so uniform. It is a beautiful pillow, well done.

  • You did a beautiful job. I love your color/fabric choices and the applique birds are adorable!

  • This pillow is amazing!

  • Love what you did! What a great update for a classic design!

  • I too had been planning to do this for 2 years and have not gotten to it yet. But I think the time is NOW! Thanks so much for inspiring me to get busy on the Cathedral Windows pillow and pincushion!!!

  • So creative and beautiful. You inspire me.

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