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Add Color to Your Home with Patchwork Pillows

While my daughter lived with us I let her do the decorating.  She enjoys it.  It was one less thing I had to do.  Plus she was good at.  The only draw back was she likes a neutral color pallet and I LOVE color.  Now that she is married and the decorating has once again fallen to me.  I’ve begun to add color.  A quick way to add color to your decorating is with patchwork throw pillows.


So I got busy.  First I went through my gray solids.  Because gray and scrappy bright colors are my favorite.  I picked Kona Slate.  The furniture in my living room is a light gray.  So the slate makes a nice contrast.  Next I pulled out the  scrap bins and my AccuQuilt Go.  It’s my go to method for cutting scraps.  It’s quick, easy and accurate.


For the coins and nine patches I used the 1 1/2″ strip die.  After cutting the strips.  I sewed them into strip sets.  Then sub cut to the desired with.  You can learn about this time saving method here.  I added a small frame around these pillows to get them up to size.

With the half square triangle units I used the hst die from my 8″ cube.  It gave me two sets of each fabric.  So I created two different patchwork pillows with half square triangles.  Do you have a favorite?

Finally for the bowtie pillow I used the 2 1/2″ square die from the 8″ cube and a 1 1/2″ square die.  Find my method for making bowties here.


My new patchwork pillows make me happy.  It will be so nice to cuddle up with a book on the couch and read with them.


I’ve also used throw pillows in my bedroom.  The love pillow pattern can be found in my Crumb Quilts Book.   I’m toying with the idea of making a double wedding ring pillow to add to the collection. What are your thoughts?

Would you like to create a few throw pillow covers?  Ones with a velcro enclosure so they are easy to change out with the seasons.  Check out this video tutorial.

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