Wednesday, December 11, 2013

potluck pillow

I'm pleased to have another finish to share today!
Several weeks ago I picked up a Potluck mini charm pack at my LQS and the idea for this simple pillow popped into my head before I made it to the check out. I love it when that happens! The design reminds me of a contact print. Remember those?
The background is white Kona cotton and I quilted it with lines 1/2" apart. The white sashing gives each print a little breathing room. The ruler print is my FAVORITE, so it got the center spot.
I finished off the pillow with an envelope backing. My friend (and awesome hair stylist) Lindsay gave me this red and white polka dot fabric (from IKEA) for my birthday last summer. Isn't it a perfect match? There seems to be a lot of that going on this week. I'm tickled!!! I also am quite pleased/relieved/surprised that the dots line up SO well. Woo-hoo!
I added a binding strip to cover the raw edge, which adds a crisp and tailored finish. It was a nice way to inject a few more red and white polka dots into the project as well. :)
The original plan was to finish off the pillow with binding using the tape measure fabric, but simplicity won out in the end, and I skipped it.
It measures about 20" square. It's my new favorite!

51 comments:

Kay said...

I love the simple and clean look. A girl can never have too many dots!

I am Just One Mom said...

Wonderful front and back!

Friederike said...

So simple and yet stunning! A great idea I might have to copy ;) I also love the polka dot fabric for the back. IKEA has some good quality classic designs. It's worth looking there from time to time.

tink's mom said...

It's so crisp. love it. And the polka dot back it to die for.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is so super cute. I have that same little stack and wondered what to do with it. Can I copy?

marcella said...

So, so cute! I just love it. What a great way to use a charm pack.

Teresa Stanulis said...

That looks fantastic!

SarahZ said...

cute as can be!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

It is just a beautiful pillow!! Love the colors.

otti said...

Wunderbar
Loveley

Potter Family said...

question...about your pillows. do you fill with batting or stuffing? and if batting, do yu just roll them up to match the size?

beth potter
potterkb(at)gmail(dot)com

~Carla~ said...

Love it to bits!! :) I've had one of these on my list forever.. our local fabric shop had one made with the mini charm packs as well... soo sweet!!

Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts said...

this pillow is awesome!

Amber Colby said...

Love it! It's absolutely adorable. I've got several pillow ideas I want to make, it's just a matter of finding the time to make them all :o)

Denise Russell said...

Love it! I am glad you used the other fabric for the binding - it turned out perfect! Now, can I send you my mailing address (hint hint)? :-)

Jacque. said...

Perfect. Each part of it making the whole. Perfect.

Hilary said...

Gorgeous!! And such a great use of a mini charm pack :)

Izzy said...

Oh it's simply beautiful! And I love the back.

Sigi G said...

This pillow just cries to be held and cuddled. The white sashing definitely adds something to each little square and makes them stand out. I really LOVE it!!

Di~ said...

Darling! pillow. When I go to IKEA, I don't ever find fabric that I like! Have you seen Allison Harris' (Cluck Cluck Sew) book Growing Up Modern? I made 3 of the pillows in that book. They have a pocket for books. They are for my grand daughters.

Andi said...

Just gorgeous!!

Susan Owenby said...

Nice! Perfectly simple. I love it!

Karen said...

This is such a great pattern!!!

Dominique said...

I highly approve of the red/white dots! Love the simplicity of the pattern and the almost primary colours that make me smile.

Sarah Craig said...

Such a great use for those pesky and addictive mini charm packs!! I see several of these in my future….

Susie said...

It's stunning

A Quilter's Mission said...

Great pillow! That dot is so perfect for this.

Heidi Staples said...

So lovely! Simplicity really is best sometimes!

Jenny said...

You're on fire! And surely must have the world's most extensive small dot collection. That was the perfect choice!

diane said...

A perfect way to use a mini charm pack.

Maggie said...

It's gorgeous! So cute. Great fabrics in the charm pack and my favourite is the tape measure too xx

Gunilla said...

I just love it!!!

Lucy Daniel said...

I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!! Can you share your instructions for the actual pillow? Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!

Suzanne said...

Yay for you. I like the way you spaced the quilting and the juxtaposition of dots on the back. Feel free to leave this one at my house at the next gathering.

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

I love it!

Thimbleanna said...

Super Duper cute CrazyMom! I saw a quilt in a catalog made up like this and now I want a whole quilt too. Can't you just see your pillow full-sized? Adorable!

Jennifer said...

Wow! Love it so much!

Judy said...

I love stopping by here! You always have wonderful eye candy to share. Love all the inspiration and motivation I get from your blog! Happy sewing!

Jill said...

Is there a pattern or tutorial? Would love to make one for the TV room. The fabric you used front and back is perfect!

beth said...

the pillow matches your header PERFECTLY!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely pillow. Bright and cheerful it will sparkle any room.

Swedish Scrapper said...

My new favorite too! It does look like a contact print! I was just looking at some mini charms yesterday and wondering what to make with them...lovely idea!

Dawna Caplin said...

Love, love, love! I just bought that charm pack for my sis in law for her birthday so will print off your pic and tuck it in for inspiration!

margaret said...

there is no better way to use this charm pack than the way you have lovely

Gemini Jen NZ said...

That's really cool - you may have inspired me to do something similar with a mini charm pack of Christmas fabrics that I have been moving around the spare room!

Pam said...

I decided last night that I needed some new cushions, guess I will be doing a lot of chain piecing later, once I have cut a stack of charms into quarters that is.

Vera said...

That's fun pillow. Love those giant dots.

pandchintz said...

Looks fabulous - love all the fabrics, particularly the red spot backing. What a great idea to put a binding on the edge.

Carla said...

LOVE!

leanne said...

I saw this on instagram last week and fell in love straight away - I need to make a cushion for my MIL and as I don't have a lot of time this is just perfect :)

Anne Lowry said...

that is the cutest ever!!!!