Pillow of the Month Class: Mother’s Day Pillow

Hey everyone! I just stitched up the binding on this adorable Mother’s Day Pillow that will be the focus of the April Pillow of the Month class over at The Quilting Studio here in Tulsa. The pillow is designed by the very talented Edyta Sitar and the pattern can be found in her book “Pillow Talk.”

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Here’s the link to the book in case you’re interested:

A small group of us have been sewing our way through the book, challenging ourselves with new skills and techniques. Some of the pillows are patchwork, some are appliqué, some are paper pieced. There is a lot of variety and the colors can be easily changed to fit your home decor. When we finish, we will have a nice collection of pillow covers to switch out throughout the year as we celebrate the seasons.

The focus of the Mother’s Day Pillow will be on some appliqué skills:

To be really honest, appliqué is not my favorite thing to do, but I love the results. Appliqué tends to be a little slower, which challenges my patience level!

Fortunately, this pillow used a rather quick appliqué technique, and went together much faster than I anticipated.

The challenge for me each month has been the actual quilting of the pillow top. This month, I decided to challenge myself by trying out the classic “Baptist Fan” pattern.

While it’s far from perfect, I can assure you it is a HUGE improvement in my quilting skills from a few years ago.

If you’re in the Tulsa area, we’d love to have you join us. If not, I will be posting my keynote slides to this page, with step by step instructions after the class is over. Feel free to come back and download them if you are interested.

For those of you who plan to join us, here is a quick list of things you should bring to the class:

  • Applique pressing sheet, iron and disappearing marking pen (I used a Frixion pen)
  • Sharp scissors, paper scissors, rotary cutter, mat and rulers
  • Your sewing machine, a bobbin with white thread, a new sewing machine needle, and a good “disappearing” thread for the top. (I used Invisa-fil).
  • The fabric kit which you can purchase from the store. If you aren’t using the kit, then you will also need a half yard of fusible web such as Heat ‘Bond, Wonderunder or Steam-a-seam Lite.
  • Optional: threads for topstitching appliqués (greens, reds, pink, and orange). I did not do this step, but rather rely on the quilting to hold down the appliqués.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting!