After making my first nesting chairs pillow with this fun Laurie Wisbrun fabric, I couldn't wait to make a few more. I wanted the pillows to all go well together but not to have the same design, (and I wanted a chance to try out other ideas), so I made each with a different variation of square blocks. Like the original pillow, both of these pillows feature some other grey and yellow fabrics thrown in, and also include a solid white square border in the design.
I am really happy with how this pillow turned out. I thought it would be fun to have a mosaic of pieced squares and ended up selecting predominantly grey ones, so to balance it out I included a thin yellow outline border and then decided to use the yellow sanctuary fabric as the wider outer border too. I used Elizabeth Hartman's tutorial for quick-piecing squares using lightweight interfacing and it made it super easy. I figured the extra stiffness wouldn't matter much in a pillow. Looking back at the directions now, I realize I didn't quite follow the tutorial because I didn't cut and press open each seam, which actually probably would have made this turn out better, but I am very happy with how it turned out regardless.
I wanted to mix it up a bit with the third pillow and not have a design with a large centered square but rather four squares. I had fun fussy-cutting the chair and ottoman motifs from the nesting chairs fabric and like the balance of colors in this pillow too. I tried to make the inner borders a bit narrower than the outer borders so the squares wouldn't seem to be drifting off the edge of the pillows, but I wish I had moved them even a bit closer together. This is probably my least favorite of the three but I still like it quite a bit and am very happy with how they look together as a set.
They have turned out well and look great together! Nice to have a bit of variety as you're sewing too.ReplyDelete
These are lovely Kate!ReplyDelete