A pillow envelope

Last month I attended a course about foundation paper-piecing at Cotton & Color. Although FPP is not new to me, there are always new tricks and tips to be learnt, and I really profited from that class.

So, in order to put the new techniques into practice, I tackled a pattern that had been on my to-do list for some time now, and that turned to be the perfect birthday gift for my brother. On this one I used a non-woven interfacing as a foundation, which tore away rather easily afterwards (I know I could’ve left that, but the idea was to try new things). Also, I used glue to keep the first piece into place, instead of pining it… I must admit that these past weeks I’m using glue more than I have done before, and with great results, so I should revisit my own opinions about that…

For the quilting, I decided to play with the diagonals of the succulent plant and quilt a 45º grid following them, but excluding the border. It just seemed the right choice and I really like the contrast the quilting gives between the block and the border.

I reinforced the backing of the pillow envelope with heavy stabiliser, which helps to give some structure to the pillow.

Project: Pillow envelope
: 40 x 40.5 cm / 15 1/2″ x 16
May 2017
Fröliche Kakten, by Amanda Castor, published on Simply Kreativ Patchwork + Quilting nº 8 (German edition).
Top fabric:
L’s modern basics, Lecien
Mod Basics 3, Birch Fabrics
Cookie Book, by Kim Knight, Cotton+Steel
Grunge, by Basic Grey, Moda Fabrics
Modern Background Ink, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Bluebird, by A. Marcelle Abegg, Cotton+Steel
Background fabric: Bella Solids White 98, Moda Fabrics
Hey Dot!, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Thermolam TP971 Fusible, Pellon
Quilting: machine-quilted, Isacord Thread 40, col. 0010




These pillowcases were part of the two-day course I took with Me and My Sister Designs, and were in the washing-stage when I blogged about it. This pattern couldn’t be more easy and quick to make… it takes more time to cut the fabric than actually sewing it! The pattern is available in their website  and they have a video tutorial with the Fat Quarter Shop teaching the technique (it’s really surprising how this pillow case is built up!).

As always, the most difficult part was to select the fabric… I knew I wanted black, white and red. And there’s nothing like to have time to spend in the fabric-shop and browse between bolts and bolts until a decision is made: the main fabric, Reel Time by Zen Chic (love it!); the cuff fabric, Styl Mod by Style Par Mo, laid just there, ready to be picked up; and what else could be the accent fabric than this gorgeous red print by Cotton&Steel?

So, now that they have been cleaned and tumble-dried they have been put into use and look gorgeous in my bed! Love to make such fun projects!

Project: Pillowcases
Size: 20″ x 31″ / 53.5 x 76 cm (aprox)
Date: April, 2016
Pattern: Dilly Dally Pillowcase, Me and My Sisters Designs
Exterior fabric: Reel Time pattern #1565 , by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics
                          Styl Mod by Style Par Mo , Newcastle Fabrics
                          Mesa (Fall 2014), Cotton + Steel Fabrics