Friday, March 16, 2012

Amy Butler ~ Sun Glow ~ Pillow Cover

In between larger quilt projects, but with time up with sleeve and in need of a sewing fix, I thoroughly enjoy making pillow covers.

Emma from Ballarat Patchwork very kindly sent me a whole range of batting samples that I have been keen to work with ~ ranging from cotton, cotton/poly blends as well as 100% wool and wool/poly blends.  The sample pieces are more than generously large enough for pillow covers and I have enjoyed this opportunity to try out a different batting as well as quilting designs.


I love quilting small projects!  If you look closely at the quilting lines you may notice that I have used different colored threads for the horizontal and vertical lines of the grid ~ a green and a blue thread ~ although not immediately distinctive the colored threads do add small detail to the pillow cover.


The threads I have used are by Rowan and are designed to match Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms fabric collection.  They are 100% cotton 50 weight thread - extra long fibers - which more simply translates into a lustrous and fine quality thread.  Previously blogged here:  Threads.


For the back of the pillow cover I have used Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush Home Dec (Lovesme Lovesmenot) in LeafThe pillow cover has a zippered seam for easy insert removal and cleaning.

Pattern:  Sun Glow is a free Amy Butler Pattern available HERE (pdf file):  The pattern is for a large pillow measuring 24 inches x 24 inches and is well written with easy to follow instructions.  I used my own method for sewing the quilted pillow top into a cushion with zip inserted in side seam.
Fabrics:   Soul Blossoms by Amy Butler (quilting cottons)
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 100% Cotton (which quilted beautifully and combined with the quilting grid created a texture that I hope to replicate on more quilts).

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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20 comments:

  1. You said you have a whole range of battings to work with... I'm wondering if there exists a high-loft cotton batting that I could use to make a fluffy comforter. I'm not keen on polyester batts.

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  2. It's beautiful! I love the quilting with 2 different threads.

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  4. Beautiful! I love the combination of fabrics and the 2 threads is a great touch. I have batting envy because I've ran out!!

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  5. stunning! LOve the two colours of thread too x

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  6. Wonderful pillows and I love your use of the two thread colors!

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  7. This is so wonderful! Thanks for highlighting this pattern- I've been making tons of pillow covers lately, but all smaller, and I just realized I have a couple of these larger pillows that are a super boring grey right now next to all the fun things I've just made. <3 Amy Butler. Her fabrics never get old!

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  8. Beautiful colours and design!

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  9. Really beautiful. A great way to try out so many different things!

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  10. Fun to see this! I'm just starting out making one of these using the voiles.

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  11. Adorei!E olhando para o meu sofá bege,com almofadas tradicionalmente,marrom e caramelo...Que raiva,nfhgythfgt,palavrões´k´k´k´k´kk´k´k´.Obrigada por postar sempre bom gosto e ideias generosas.beijos.

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  12. Every time I see your grid quilting, I get giddy. Precision. I love it, you have it.

    Thanks for the eye candy!

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  13. This is so gorgeous Rita. I Love it!!

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  14. Beautiful going to have a go myself :)

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  15. Hi I'm a busy mum of four and just trying to get started on some machine quilting and other craft projects that I have in mind I'm wondering as ur very talented in what u do do u recommend a good all round quilting book with usefull tips and and hints as I'm desperate to learn hope u don't mind me asking but unsure were to stat :) ilona

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  16. Always good to read your unbiased opinion on products. Thanks Rita....and pillow is gorgeous.

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  17. I really love this project and am inspired to make some long-overdue pillow covers this weekend!

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