Quilt As You Go Pillow with Applique

You guys know by now that I love using up my scraps and I had this idea to make a Quilt As You Go (QAYG) pillow in my head for a while.

This one measures 16"x16" and is hand appliquéd and hand quilted. I absolutely love the process of hand sewing, so calming and therapeutic!

I usually finish my pillows with an 'envelope' style back, but didn't like the way that if your envelope flaps were to small, they would poke out and you could see the pillow inside. Otherwise, if the envelope flaps were too long, it made it difficult to put the pillow inside. There was a very fine 'happy medium' that depended heavily on how bulky the pillow was. 

For something different and for more of a professional finish, I've added a zipper in a pop of color! Next time, I think I'll make the zippers more visible so you can really see the color.

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  1. Great way to use scraps. Bij adding applique you made an amazing pillow. Gorgeous!!!! I love the birds singing together.
    Love from Amsterdam

  2. What a great way to use up scraps. I like the monochrome background with those pretty delicate birds. Lovely work!

  3. I love using up my scraps Ali, Thanks for stopping by!

  4. This is a lovely pillow! The colorful birds look great against the neutral background, and the organic lines of the appliqué work beautifully against the straight lines of the piecing.

  5. Fantastic use of scraps. They applique birds are beautiful. Love the green zipper in the back. Beautiful pillow :)



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