I must be on this pillow kick (see 02/21/19 post From “Orphan Blocks” to Pillows) as I’ve made another little pillow.
Saturday, before “Snowmageddon” descended upon Central Oregon, I went over my friend Marie’s house for a Sew Day.
I did not want to arrive empty handed so I whipped up the evening before a little pillow, from a dog faces panel (Dogs of Many Breeds by Elizabeth Studio) I had in my stash, of her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Pup Pillow Making
After cutting from the panel the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel block, I worked to find fabrics in my stash to pair with it:
I decided to go with a gold shot cotton inner border and a gold small print floral outer border.
I used the “quilt-as-you-go” technique to assemble the pillow, piecing the pillow directly to a piece of batting.
After trimming excess fabric to even up the borders, I had a completed pillow top:
I give the pillow enough weigh in the back as the front was quilted with batting, I used a double layer of coordinated backing fabric.
After pinning the two right sides together, I stitched around the edge of the pillow, leave a couple inches opening for turning right sides out and for stuffing.
I like to stuff the corners first when stuffing a pillow to make sure they get enough stuffing. I used which I like because it is made from recycled materials:
Once the pillow was stuffed to my liking, I pinned the section I left open and whip stitched it closed with coordinating thread.
I figured out a couple years ago that pinning the open section of a pillow (or other stuffed item) before you whip stitch it close gives you a better chance of an even closure.
Pup Pillow Reveal and a Very Cute Model
Here is the completed pillow:
But here is something EVEN CUTER, my friend’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel doing a photoshoot with the pillow!
Of course she was thinking: “I am way cuter than that dog in the pillow!”; or “Lady, hurry and get this photoshoot done, I want a biscuit!”
In case you were wondering what I worked on during the Sew Day at my friend’s house – I worked on my ongoing English Paper Piecing project and actually made a little progress:
You can check out posts about this ongoing project in my series of posts Adventures in Paper Piecing – (scroll through to see older posts after you click on the link).
Oh and if you would like to see my friend Marie’s lovely quilt studio that I got to hang out in on Saturday, you can check it out on her June 2018 post in her blog Fierce Beyond 50 – A (Craft) Room of One’s Own: Craft Room Ideas, Inspiration, and Eye Candy.
This post also includes a photo of her writing desk where she writes her amazing Women’s Fiction novels! (Marie is New York Times Bestseller Author, Marie Bostwick).