Fall Pillow

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Pillow by jenib320
Fall Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I may have put up my Christmas tree yesterday, but it is still Fall, so I made up this little pillow using some lovely fall colors! I had a 16" pillow form on hand, and had sketched up this pillow pattern using half-square triangles (HSTs) who knows how long ago. It was on a piece of scratch paper in my sewing room. Seemed like a good enough excuse to make a new pillow to me! :)

Fall Pillow by jenib320
Fall Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I started with the 2nd fabric in this stack, the yellow plaid, a print from Happy Campers by American Jane. I then pulled the brown and orange from it. The top fabric, a plaid from Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt was a last minute addition.

Fall Pillow by jenib320
Fall Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
The piecing took a little while since all the HSTs needed trimmed and such, but it still came together pretty quickly. I wanted to echo the plaid prints in my quilting, so I did a few simple diagonal lines in a fun orange thread.

Fall Pillow by jenib320
Fall Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I opted for an envelope closure in the back using Kona Wheat. To give it a bit more weight, I cut the backing pieces twice as long so I can simply fold it in half and top-stitch. This way the entire pillow is lined, and it's double thickness on the back.

Fall Pillow by jenib320
Fall Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I choose this sweet stripe from Wee Woodland by Keiki for the binding that I picked up last week! It was the perfect match for this pillow! As much as I dislike binding, I do like binding on a pillowcase. It just looks so nice. And it's an opportunity to add another fabric, which I'm always up for!

Fall Pillow by jenib320
Fall Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I had a lot of fun making this pillow. I don't use brown very often, I'd like to continue to incorporate it into my projects.

As I was playing around with this pillow, I got to thinking about all the possibilities that HSTs have. I'm thinking about doing a block of the month tutorial series in the coming year, a different HST block each month. What do you think? Anyone interested? :)

Happy Fall!

44 comments :

  1. I love it Jeni! I think I need a fally quilt or pillow or something :)

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  2. love the pillow Jen!! and would LOVE a HST block of the month!

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  3. What a great use of plaids! I tend to shy away from them but this project is a definite confidence booster with the use of checks and plaids. Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. Oh I love the idea of a hst block every month next year and just think of the fabuolous lap quilt it would make at the end. Yes please do :)

    btw I love your fall pillow and I've just the fabric so I'm pinning it...thanks for sharing.
    -annabelle

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  5. I think an HST block of the month would be lots of fun!

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  6. Your fall pillow is beautiful!! And your hat sounds fun!

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  7. I would love a block of the month :) Please do one!! Everything you make is so beautiful & inspirational!!

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  8. great pillow! the fabrics you chose are perfect!

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  9. love your pillow Jeni.
    I'm working on a christmas pillow for myself recently :)

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  10. I love what you did with the fabrics using HST and it's a stunning pillow and so the offer of a monthly block would be welcome thank-you.

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  11. Good idea about the doubling the back fabric. I always do an envelope closure on a pillow but sometimes the fabric is just too flimsy.

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  12. I think a monthly hst block sounds fun!

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  13. Love your pillow and the fabrics are beautiful!!

    Love the HST block of the month.

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  14. I would love a quilt block a month.

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  15. Love the pillow! A block of the month sounds fun!

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  16. I would be interested in the HST block of the month! Love the pillow! And I like binding!

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  17. Oh I absolutely love that happy campers plaid! I snagged a fat quarter of it at a local quilting store a couple of months ago.
    Such a great pillow!

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  18. The pillow is gorgeous. Well done.

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  19. First off adorable pillow and I like that you have put up your christmas tree already...I want to but the husband refuses to allow holiday decorations up 'til after thanksgiving. we'll see how long that lasts! =)

    second off I am addicted to HST and would love a block of the month type thing. I have a lot of new projects in the works involving HST. =)

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  20. Lovely fabric mix and great idea to double up the backing, good to have that extra weight on the back.

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  21. Such a sweet pillow for fall, I can't believe you have your Christmas tree up already - where did the time go???

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  22. oh my gracious jeni. that is beautiful and the katie jump rope plaid is perfection.

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  23. Love the block and the fabric makes it perfect for fall! I need to consider seasonal pillow covers. So smart!

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  24. I love this Jeni! It's the perfect Fall pillow!

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  25. love your pillow and the idea of a monthly hst tutorial!

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  26. I really love that pillow!
    Hugs from Spain
    Liliana

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  27. L-O-V-E!! Fall colors are not my favorite generally speaking, but your pillow makes me want to do a room from it!! Great work, beautiful!

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  28. I love the pillow and your idea on hst. Thanks!

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  29. This pillow is gorgeous & I'd love you to do the monthly HST tutorial.

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  30. Beautifull pillow :-) I enjoy folovering your site, and your ideas are great, and absolutly love your pictures og George ♥♥♥
    sorry for ny english

    from Mia in Denmark

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  31. The pillow is really great, I love the block and the fabrics you chose! And the binding really binds it all together! (Duh! ;-))

    I think the idea of a block a month is great! It is a manageable project and surely would inspire many to try new patterns! :-)

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  32. I hate triangles, they never seem to fit in place. I'm strugling at the moment with them, so I would clearly benefit from s tutorial, thanks.

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  33. Very interested! You are my inspiration at the moment..you have created so many lovely items recently. Today I just love the binding around your cushion cover! I have also made a couple of your little lined drawstring bags lately.

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  34. Gorgeous darling! I love the colours and the bound edge is really pretty!

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  35. Pillow is marvelous and I am definitely interested in a block of the month tute!

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  36. Gorgeous pillow and colors! And I would love an HST block a month tutorial :)

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  37. I might be recreating this great pillow today! Love! And a HST BOM? Count me in!

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  38. I love this, Jeni. Perfect fall colors - I love every print.

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  39. Wow. I love the colors in this pillow. Awesome job.

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  40. You've put together a great pillow. Such great fall colors. I love HSTs, so I'd be sure to jump right in on a BOM. Thanks. Kathie L in Allentown

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  41. I love this pillow! I love making pillow covers as a little practice session for a new quilt block that I want to try out. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Lovely, lovely pillow, Jeni! The colors make me so happy. And I do love the HSTs. A BOM would be fun!

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