I don’t do too many swaps anymore where I actually make things for other people. I wish I could, but I just don’t have the time and can’t over commit. But when I found out that there was IG edition of the Pillow Talk Swap (a perennial favorite from Flickr days), I decided to hop in and do a little swapping.
My pillow has now been received and I have received my own, so I can finally share!
I got Kelly aka Scrap Studio, who was freaking running the whole thing as my partner. No pressure there. lol Thankfully, her favorite colors are some of my own, so I got to work in my happy place.
It took me a long time to decide on a pattern for her. But she had a couple of definitely requirements for her pillow that I wanted to do. Mainly that it be a rectangular pillow…which already sets your mind to designing because not every design we do in quilting is particularly effective in rectangular form.
But I decided to look at it as a way to guide my choice, not a limitation. Knowing that Kelly really appreciates traditional designs as well, I finally chose the class Flying Geese Block. But I really wanted to make it fresh and modern. It’s such a graphic shape that you can definitely do that.
I immediately went to my happy aqua place for fabric scraps and also threw in a healthy dash of low volume fabrics from my scraps (which then promptly distracted me for a few days because I decided my scraps DESPERATELY needed to be gone through – I have some for sale that I will offer here soon if anyone is interested….GREAT scraps).
I wanted to make it modern, so I also added in some solid fabric that would showcase some “ghost” quilting that I did in the flying geese pattern. I really love how that turned out. I used a thick thread in my machine and slowly sewed them.
I added an invisible zipper on the end (second one in a month! score for practicing tricky skills!) and quilted in the ditch on the rest to showcase the pattern of the geese.
I think Kelly really liked the pillow (thank goodness!) and she’s now trying to find the perfect spot for it in her house.