Left Over Monday Yellow Brick Road Pillow

I made my husband’s Aunt Candy a quilt using the Yellow Brick Road Pattern from Atkinson Designs.  I found four leftover blocks and some extra backing fabric (oops…3 years later!) and decided to make a throw pillow for her.


I sewed the four blocks together into a large square, added a two inch blue border to all sides and pinned up a quilt sandwich!


Deep breath, time to machine quilt!  I always start with a straight stitch because it’s easy and builds up my confidence.


With my confidence soaring, I quilted some loops and flowers to highlight the fabrics.


Some of my stitches didn’t quite turn out as I wanted them to!  Oops!  This section didn’t feed through my machine smoothly and I have a big jumble of crooked somethings!  Oh well, I chalked this up to a learning experience and kept quilting!


I changed thread color to yellow and made a plaid pattern on this white fabric to help disguise the thread glob.  Not too bad if I do say so myself!


I like this loopy stitch and plan to use it in other projects!


Once I finished quilting, I trimmed my blue borders to 1 inch and used a 1/2 inch seam allowance to attach an envelope back to the pillow.  As you can see, I had a lot of extra backing fabric on hand! This pillow measures 18 inches square.


Here’s a side view.


This looked great on our sofa, but I mailed it off to Aunt Candy.  She called to say she loved it!  Yet another set of leftover blocks put to good use!


Left Over Monday Glam Girl Mini Pillows

I had two “practice” glam girl blocks left over from my wall hanging and decided to make some mini pillows.  What do you think?  The smaller pillow has a marabou door hanger for an extra bit of glamour!Slide1For the larger mini pillow, I trimmed the left side and the right side so there is 1/2 inch of white fabric on each side.  Then I added 3/4 inch of white fabric to the top of the block and to the bottom of the block. Slide2

Next I added a two inch pink border to both sides and then the top and bottom.

Then I made a quilt sandwich: muslin on the bottom, batting in the middle and the quilt block on top.  I am practicing my machine quilting skills and am getting braver with each attempt!  I meandered around the white fabric and used a decorative loop stitch on the left and right pink borders.

Then I decided it needed rick rack.  You could personalize or embellish this block by adding machine embroidery.  I wish I thought about this before I sewed my pillows together!  Slide16

Finally, with right sides together, I sewed the quilt block to a cute backing fabric (using a 1/2 inch seam allowance) and leaving a 3 inch space to turn the pillow inside out.  Clip your corners and stuff your pillow.  Slip stitch the opening closed.  Slide12

Cuteness plus!Slide13

On to the door hanger!Slide6

I trimmed the block so there is a 1 inch white border on the left and right sides of the block.  I added a 1 1/4 inch strip of white fabric to the top and to the bottom.

Like the pillow above, I quilted the block and added rick rack.  Add some machine embroidery to personalize your door hanger!  Slide5

Pin your marabou 1 inch from the corners of your quilted block.Slide7

Pin your pillow backing fabric to the quilt block and marabou, right sides facing each other.  Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance and sew around the outside of your door hanger, leaving a 3 inch opening at the bottom. I reinforced the stitches at the opening.Slide10

The top of your door hanger will look like this.  Trim off the extra marabou and clip your corners on the diagonal (making sure you don’t cut your stitches).Slide9

Turn your door hanger right side out and stuff.  Slip stitch the opening closed.  Since I don’t have an embroidery machine, I added some wording with my computer so you can see the possibilities!Slide11

Leftovers can be fast and fun!  These are small little projects that have a big cuteness impact!  Plus I got to continue practicing my machine quilting skills!

Send us pictures of your mini pillow projects, we would love to see how you personalize your little minis! Slide1