I saw this Grandma's Flower Garden pillow tutorial by Heather on Sew, Mama, Sew! and had to make it. (Maybe it's the pregnancy hormones, but I become obsessed with projects lately.)
In the mood for some spring colors, I chose Kumari Garden by Dena Designs in beautiful greens, blues, grays, and yellows and Bella Solids in Robin's Egg and Kelly Green. Using 2-1/4" hexagon English paper piecing templates, I made the main focal point of the piece - a flower with solid center and print outer.
I machine-stitched the completed flower to the background fabric. Then added an extra special touch with hand embroidery in the center and around the exterior of the flower.
This was the first pillow I added binding too and must say the effect is crisp and finished. I wish I would have chosen a different pattern for the binding rather than picking up the paper pieced fabric. But, it will do...
And here is the end result!
With an envelope back...
This fabric is so beautiful and the soft hand of the cotton makes it even better. I'd like to make a zig zag pillow out of it to coordinate on our family-room couch - inspired by this post by Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson.
Okay - now giveaway time! Kumari Garden is one of the latest lines I've added to my shop, Swell Cloth. It has a lovely range of spring-like colors that would make gorgeous pillows, quilts, table runners, placemats, napkins, pin cushions, mug rugs, bags, ruffle skirts, peasant tops, baby bloomers - you name it!
For your chance to get a sampling of Kumari Garden - this 6 Fat Quarter bundle - leave a comment on this post with the name your favorite print in the line. You can view the list of available prints here.
The giveaway will end on Friday, April 1 (no fooling!) at midnight EST, and the winner announced next weekend. Good luck, and happy sewing!