Monday, December 31, 2018

Pillows for Christmas (again)

I've got three adult kids and every year I like to make them a gift for Christmas.  (I made pillows as gifts last year too - see that post!)

My youngest is at UNC Chapel Hill and rides her bike all over the place so a bike themed pillow complete with fussy cut fabric was a fun choice.  (The bicycle was part of Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshot QAL from several years ago.)

My middle one loves the group Celtic Woman so her pillow was themed accordingly.  I machine stitched on the names of the woman who have been with the group - many of which my daughter has actually met.  (I was excited to see my Janome had alternate alphabets so I could get the accents correct.)

Finally, my son has been a major video game fan since he was a little kid.  So a pixelated Mario was a perfect choice.  The instructions for the Mario block are found here on Angela's blog.

Mario makes me smile every time I see him! 

I put zippers into each of the backs with my first set of attempts at an invisible zipper using a 'regular' zipper from my stash.  Results were mixed but I am going to keep working on the technique because I like the results.   (This is actually the back of a pillow I gifted my mom.  The front is part of a blog hop in March so no sneak peaks.)

In addition to these 4 recently gifted pillows, in 2018 I made two pillows for me and one pillow for a friend. 

This is Air Show by Latifah Saafir sits on the couch in my studio.  It uses fabric by Sweetwater.

And Random (also for me) is my pillow created from 100 + randomly placed hexies.   It makes me happy every time I see it.

Finally, I made a pillow for a friend using her favorite color and fabric designer.

Seven pillows in one year is a lot of pillows but they are so much fun to make.  I'm already planning my next one!

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I love your pillows! I am going to have to try a zip instead of an envelope.

  2. These pillows are perfect. What a great gift and I love a yearly pillow! Just sent you a comment on your Michigan pillow.

  3. Pillows are indeed a lot of fun, and I love all the personalized details you put into the ones you gifted your children!

  4. Such fun gifts! It's hard to pick a favorite, it's a draw between the bike and Mario.

  5. All of your pillows are fun and wonderful gifts! I am partial to Angela's Mario design, since I made one last year for a grandson! :)

  6. What fun! Happy New Year to you!

  7. I love them all, but that bicycle pillow with fussy cut Tar Heels is fantastic! Happy New Year!

  8. More adorable pillow. Lately, I am "hooked" on making pillows. They really make great gifts too.

  9. Such wonderful gifts. I'd love to try an invisible zipper but I don't have the foot needed.

  10. Beautiful work Patty :) I recognize the last one and have been treasuring it, thank you again, my friend! Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a wonderful 2019!!


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