Pillows Projects

Handmade Holidays

On my side of the family this year for Christmas we decided to be a bit thrifty in our gift giving  The over abundance of gifts isn’t what Christmas is about so we wanted to take the focus off of this aspect of Christmas.

We did a name exchange and one of the names we got was my sister Nicole’s name.  Nicole took two of my pillow classes earlier this fall and she had two partially finished pillow tops that were just waiting to be turned into pillows–they were sitting in my sewing room & who knows how long they would have remained there waiting on Nicole.

Nicole took my Half Square Triangle class.  If you remember she decided to change the colors to an aqua/grey theme & we raided my stash to choose fabrics.

Nicole's Fabrics

Nicole had her pillow top all pieced so all I had to do to finish it up was the quilting (I straight line quilted using 12 weight Aurifil thread), the back (envelope style), and binding.

Nicole also took my Christmas pillow class.

We decided to change this one up a bit also–she wanted a coordinating pillow to match the zig zag pillow.  So we used the same fabrics and instead of a reindeer applique, I suggested a birdie applique.  Nicole had this pillow top completed including the quilting (once again using 12 weight Aurifil thread) so I finished the back and added binding.

 I am really digging the Aurifil 12 wt. thread for straight line quilting–I lengthen the stitches a bit and I really like the more substantial thread against the fabrics–really gives a nice pop.

Happy Tuesday!


Comments (25)

  • Can I be your sister? lol She’s a blessed lady! vbg

  • I’d love to be your sister, too!! Great gift and it’s FINISHED – a word seldom used when you compare it to the un-done stuff in my stash!!

  • Lindas !!!!
    Parabéns pelos belos trabalhos!!
    de Maria Filomena

  • These are totally gorgeous!

  • Amazing pillows! Just adorable!!!

  • Your pillows are really cute. Your sister was lucky that you had her name.

  • Love the gray and turquoise fabric. Are they all from the same line?

    • They are not. They are from quite a few lines. If there are any specifically you need the line name on let me know!

  • Finishing projects is a great idea. That was a perfect gift for her!

  • They are very pretty, and I love the fabrics your sister picked out. 🙂

  • I would be lying if I chose one thing as a favorite…I love every single piece in this post!! GORGEOUS! I’m totally loving the teal and gray, and I’ll admit, I was secretly hoping that when I scrolled down, you were going to say that the bundle was for sale somewhere and I was going to go buy it! HAHA!!

  • OOOh!! how I love the 1/2 squ,. with the orange . I love them all but he orange is my favourite

  • So cute! And I love that you did a ‘thrifty’ Christmas. If you had to purchase those pillows, you would have to plunk down some serious cash!!! They are stunning. I wish I was close enough to take some of your classes!!!! Hugs!

  • love!

  • I love the fabrics you raided from your stash. to.die.for.
    Beautiful choices and the pillow is fabulous.
    Love the Christmas pillow, so cute.

  • I love your pillows and the fabrics!!

  • I really like the birdie & chevron/zigzag pillows.


  • These fabrics are lush. I love the cushion with the little bird on – too cute!

  • These pillows are soooo pretty.

  • Those are gorgeous. I love the aqua/gray combination.

  • Love, love, love the cute lil’ birdie pillow. So adoreable. Your sister is one lucky girl to have you as her sister.

    Blessings to you both, denise 😀

  • These are beautiful! I’d love to shop in your stash!

  • Love those aquas and the birdy, all the materials in that cushion are great! We did much the same thing for Christmas also. I made one of my granddaughters a Tank Top Dresse with Christmas material. The three boys I made a pillowcase each with “Cars” material. The three girls I made them pillowcases with girly material but different cuffs on them. They all got a DVD each as well.

  • Darling reindeer and bird pillows!!!! And I have seen that teal bird print twice now and cannot figure out who makes it. Can you let me in on the secret?! 🙂 Thanks!

    • It’s from an older Moda line, “Sweet”.

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