As I am planning to make two big quilts for Christmas (as presents) and because I have never made anything like it before, I started small and tried out patchworking. I looked through my stash and realised that I had quite a few blue-and-white fabrics, all in different shades and patterns. As some were just small scraps, I chose to make a pillow case, where I wouldn’t need much fabric. Below are the fabrics that I used, only one fabric is not in the picture – I added it afterward. I think it is a good mixture, both light and dark, graphic and floral.
After I measured my pillow, I made a template – 50×54 cm. I divided into more or less equally wide rows and layed out the fabric squares: I made sure there were no dark areas as well as never the same fabrics touching each other.
Next, I sewed the pieces into rows and then assembled the rows to complete the front of the pillow. At this point (well, actually once I started cutting the fabric) I decided to throw perfectionism out of the window – otherwise, I would have driven myself crazy trying to make every seam perfectly straight. So now there are some ‘mistakes’, but that doesn’t really bother me.
For the back, I chose a fabric that is the only one I bought extra for this project. I really like it, it’s cute, but not too girlish and the pillow looks good also with the back as the front.
My thoughts about this project? I was surprised how quick it was to assemble, but then, of course, I didn’t care about precision. But it was a good start and I think now I’m ready to tackle bigger projects as well. And sorry about the wrinkles in the first picture – it already gets used a lot! :)