There’re now only hours left to enter Amy’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival. Yes, I’ve left my second entry to the closing hours! It’s been a busy week in my household, with Ballet rehearsals followed by two Productions and today is my daughter’s 8th birthday. Luckily I’m out of bed before everyone else so I have a little time to write this post!

My second entry in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is my Aerial Kisses Pillow, made for Marika in The Great Pillow Fight Swap. I’m entering it in the original design category.


I wrote about this pillow in my first blog post here. My main inspiration was Carolyn Friedlander’s beautiful Aerial Grove Quilt. Carolyn’s quilt has brightly coloured, appliqued circles on a low volume background. I wasn’t too sure about my needle-turn applique skills so decided to use a pieced block instead. The circles in the Aerial Grove quilt are laid out in rows and columns with a little space between each circle. I designed a cross block that could be laid out in the same way as those circles (tutorial here). I also love the use of graduated colour in the Aerial Grove quilt, so I used that in this pillow too. For the background I chose low volume fabrics in white, cream and grey. It was the first time I’d limited my low volume fabrics to those with no additional colour and I really like how it turned out.

Peek at the backing fabric..

My favourite photo is this one that Marika posted on IG.
So happy that my Kisses pillow finally arrived at Marika's place :D Love how it looks on her couch! Regram from @marika_makes
Quilt Stats;
Quilt Size: 24″ x 24″
Block Size: 4 1/4″ finished
Backing: Small Gathering in Azalea from Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner
Binding: Buttoned Up in Pomegranate from Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner
Pillow Closure: Covered zipper in the back
Quilting: 1″ cross hatch grid
Voting opens in just a few hours, you can get to the Festival by clicking on the button at the top of this post. It’s fun to see what everyone has been making! Have a great weekend everyone, I’m off to prepare a birthday breakfast!

10 thoughts to “Bloggers Quilt Festival ~ Original Design Entry

  • Mara

    I loved this pillow! Can't wait to vote!

  • Lucy @ Charm About You


  • TammyLB

    This pillow is just perfect!! I think many people will be using your wonderful tutprial- including me!! Thanks, and I also can't wait to vote!!

  • Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore

    It looks great and suits her room really well too.

  • Deb

    Im glad you entered this. It's one of my fav pillows.

  • Karen Caves

    Such a great pillow!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! ❤️?

  • Nicole

    I know I've said it before, but allow me to repeat myself: I love what you do with low-volume prints. The bright colors pop against the background. Beautifully done, Rachel!

  • Yvonne Campbell

    I love the pattern. You are a true inspiration. The mix of low volumes is always perfect. Voted for you in both categories.

  • legato1958

    I LOVE your pillow! Everything from your design, to the colors to the low volumes to the fabrics!!
    It is gorgeous!

  • Camilla

    I missed this in the festival, but I'M so pleased to have found you now via Adrianne's blog. So I've been looking round your blog. Great to find another fellow kiwi quilter 🙂


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