September 3, 2013

Liberty Granny Square Pillow

Today I'm so excited to be a part of the 
Liberty Stiles Pillow challenge,
hosted by Sew Mama Sew blog.

It's always a great day when fabric arrives at my door,
and this special delivery all the way from London
was received with a big old "Yee-haw!"

There were 8 fat quarters of the lovely
Liberty Stiles fabrics shown here.
For the Sew Mama Sew challenge,
we were asked to use at least four of them
to make a pillow.

{I chose to use the top 5 prints in the stack.}

I had a vague plan in my head,
and I cut a whole bunch of little pieces...
1" squares of white
stitched into triangles on opposite corners
of printed 2" x 3" rectangles.

When I put the rectangles together, though,
I was less than impressed.
The whole block only finished to 9" x 10"
and I was already too bored to make more
of those little blocks.

{Here's how they looked, lined up on my cookie tray, before I stitched them together.}

I pouted for a while...took a nap...then paid a visit 
to my Pinterest boards for inspiration.
Look what I found on my Pillows board...
a modern granny square pillow from s.o.t.a.k. handmade!

From s.o.t.a.k. handmade blog
I have a soft spot in my heart for the Granny Square
quilts lots of folks made last year,

Svetlana used a single Granny Square block to
make such a simple but dramatic pillow!
It seemed to be just what I was looking for,
to show off the vibrant prints
against a fresh white background.

I spent next to no time cutting out the 3" squares
and stitching them into the block.

Once I trimmed the block,
I added mitered borders using two of the green prints.

I backed the finished block with some Pellon 987F fusible fleece
and a square of muslin to make a quilt sandwich.
Quilting was simple...
straight lines 1/4" away from the seams of the granny square
and parallel stitching along the borders.

Uh-oh...this pillow needed a good-lookin' backside, too.

{Don't we all?}

I picked up my rejected block,
stitched on some wide white borders,
and added soft support with Pellon ShapeFlex 
SF101 fusible interfacing.

Normally I make a pretty flap to cover the zippers
on my pillows,

This time I didn't need...or want...a cover
for that hot pink zipper.


I left the zipper exposed,
and I am so in love with the way it sets off the back.

{My little "eamylove" label looks pretty cute, too, I think.}

I always enjoy a good challenge,
especially when it involves pillows and pretty fabrics.
Thank you, Sew Mama Sew, for choosing me to participate!

I think I'll settle down now with my Granny Square pillow
and a nice cup of tea in my white Cath Kidston mug.
I'm in the mood for a little bit of hand-stitching these days.

Stop by any time to see what else I'm making.

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  1. You rose above the Liberty Challenge and soared! What a gorgeous pillow! The Granny Square pattern did show off the beautiful Liberty fabrics!! And that's a great way to use the ("boring") pieces... on the back with a zip to set them off!!
    Love it.


  2. How do I love thee Liberty pillow? Let me count the ways!! L.O.V.E!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Your Liberty pillow is so beautiful! You made a lovely granny square and it all works perfectly!
    Helen x

  4. Oh, that is so pretty!! Well done :)

  5. that turned out beautiful. You rose to the challenge very well I say. Thanks for sharing

  6. Standing Ovation!! You go girl on making a "mishap" a Masterpiece. That pillow is gorgeous and Definitely LOVE that hot pink zipper! Pizazz!! I am looking for zippers in bulk... any recommended size? (See I am inspired with the pouches then to tackle the pillow)

    1. I love to buy zippers from Zipit on Etsy. You can pick and choose colors to make up a bundle. For bags and small pouches, I usually buy the 9" ones, and they can be cut to size, if necessary. I bought 14" ones for my zippered pillow backings. They work great for a 16" finished pillow, but I might go to the 16" size next time, since most of my pillows are 18" or 20" these days.

  7. Pretty. I'm not really flowery person but bit of pink and that zipper makes it :-)

  8. Your finished pillow looks great :-). Perfect.

  9. Beautiful pillow! I love Liberty fabric, so heavenly and you did a wonderful job. The modern Granny Square pillows are so fun.

  10. Really, really love this pillow. The colors in the fabric are so fresh and pretty. I like hearing how you had to stop and rethink how you were going to put this together. I do that too!

  11. Sometimes Plan B is the best way to go! I love both sides of your pillow and the hot pink zipper gives it a modern touch. Beautiful, Amy!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

  12. Wow Amy - this is gorgeous! You know I love green and this is especially awesome! And what a genius idea with the zip - very striking!

  13. A beautiful finish. very fresh an perfect for spring!!

  14. Lovely pillow. Love that you left the zipper exposed.

  15. AWESOME!!!!!!! My friend just brought me back some liberty fabric from London this summer. I haven't had the heart to dive into it yet!!! Great Great pillow!

  16. Oh it turned out great!!I LOVE it! I am such a fan of Svetlana from S.O.T.A.K handmade - she is as clever as you!

  17. Well look at you!! Congratulations on being asked to represent! :) YOU ARE AMAZING!! This pillow is GORGEOUS! Front and back. You know....if you get tired of looking at it, I will happily let you send it my way. :)

  18. Ohhhhh - simply STUNNING!!! Just love it!!! Now I feel very inspired to make a Granny Square block for a cushion too... this really is gorgeous!!!

  19. Beautiful pillow - I absolutely in love with your blog! Lets stay in touch and maybe we can do something together in the future!

  20. Beautiful pillow - I am absolutely in love with your blog! Lets stay in touch and maybe we can cook up something special for your readers! Hint... :)


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