Pillows are, almost definitely, my most favourite thing to make. Last year I took part in my first holiday pillow swap, and I loved it.  But I really needed more than one Christmas pillow, so it was an easy decision to sign up for the holiday/winter pillow swap on Flickr again this year. I pulled these fabrics for my partner with a vague idea of a wintery theme…

I was thinking over a few design options when I spotted a beautiful Denyse Schmidt fabric in this progress shot by Nicolette (the fabric on the bottom left). It looked so pretty I grabbed my Super Tote to see if I could find it in there, and yay, there it was… (Awesome Super Tote made by Marci – Flickr, it’s my own DS fabric catalogue).
That’s the fabric I was looking for in the centre of this pic.

The fabric looks pretty cute in red, pink and green too.

How fun are those little on-point squares. I thought they’d make a great quilt block so I made a few test blocks. These blocks are 4 1/2″ finished and those centre squares are only 1/2″.
Making a start {GPF Swap}

This afternoon I made a few more blocks. I still need to play with the arrangement but I’m really happy with how they turned out. While I was cutting I may have cut enough pieces to make several more blocks, you know, in case I decide to make a quilt of them!

10 thoughts to “Holiday Pillow Swap 2014 ~ WIP

  • melissa

    I love this Rachel! and I think I have some of that blue ( and red) print if youre needing any!

  • Julie

    This is going to look stunning Rachel, though I am not surprised. Still Christmassy (makes me think of gift wrapped parcels) yet not traditional – love it.

  • leanne

    oh my Rachel – LOVE this pillow – what a gorgeous block !

  • Gina

    Beautiful Rachel! These are great blocks and I love the colors.

  • dutchcomfort

    I’m in love with the little blocks and fabrics you have chosen for the pillow cover!

    The two DS prints (and several others) are from Joann’s. A blogfriend in the US made it possible for me to buy some!

  • Nilya

    I love those Little blocks and your fabrics are so yummy…

  • Michaelanne

    I am just amazed at how you drew your inspiration for the block….SO SMART:) It is precisely why your work is so unique and lovely!!! Your partner is VERY lucky!

  • Hettie's Mum

    Yeah I love these little blocks! They are clever. I hope you make up the quilt and a pattern for how to make it! I'd be in. 🙂

  • Debbie

    I'm not sure if I read about your inspiration or not, but I like it! That's a DS fabric I have loved too.

  • R Cooper

    Hi! Love this. How do you adjust your block piecing for the half blocks?


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