I used to think that decorative pillows were kinda silly. Why have a pillow that you can't use? But recently I've made a few pillows to coordinate with my guest room, and a pillow for a friend. Somehow, now it all makes perfect sense to me. Pillows are like instant gratification to a quilter! I'm hooked, and my family better watch out. :)
This particular pillow was made for a friend of mine. I recently made a quilt from several of the fabrics in this pillow. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that the fabric sat in my stash for at least 3 years before the quilt was finished. I can't even remember exactly when I purchased it, but I was still working....and I haven't worked in over 2.5 years! Some of my friends at work who are also quilters placed an order with me when Hancock's of Paducah was having a big sale. I think I got these Amy Butler fabrics for almost 1/2 off! Then I got busy with other projects and these fabrics sat and waited for me. I finally pieced a YBR top from them some time last summer or fall. And then after we moved I got the top quilted and bound. It's about time!
So anyway, back to my friend. :) We had a couple over a few weeks ago, and my friend Tracy fell in love with my Amy Butler quilt (which lives on my couch now!). Her mom is a quilter, and she ever took a picture with her phone and sent it to her mom. So, after she left I dug through my scraps. The thing about the YBR pattern is that you end up with very little fabric left over at the end. All I came up with where the tumblers in this pillow! So I pulled out a few different prints, and added in some newer Amy Butler scraps that I had. The border is the fabric that I used on the back of my lap quilt.
I backed the front of the pillow with a piece of batting and muslin, and added some quilting. The edge was finished off with orange piping and I used a simple Kona grey on the back.
If only I had enough fabric left to make another for myself! I do have a few of the tumbler shaped scraps left, but the border fabric has all been cut into 5" squares. I may have to improvise, because I just love that pillow on that chair. With the quilt tossed over the arm of the chair, it would be quilted perfection. :)