Pillows are generally a fast project that can be done in an hour or two. Although you can certainly make them more complex, as well!
I made this pillow using fabric scraps and this book: Quilt Improv, by Lucie Summers.
I used the tutorial for a scrappy quilt block and then added the yellow pieces on the side to make this large enough (18 x 18 inches) for a comfy pillow that will be used in the family room.
I used Aurifil 2014 for sewing the block together and for quilting the scrappy bits in a straight-line pattern. And Aurifil 4150 which is a variegated thread for the border. I love how sometimes the thread pops and sometimes it just allows the free-motion quilting to come forward.
The backing is a simple piece of a beautiful fabric I found at a closeout of a local quilt shop (we hear this all too often, don’t we) that was out in Stonewall, Manitoba.
I never thought I could do “improv” quilting. My a-type personality tends to prevent me from “winging” just about anything but this book really helped take me out of my comfort zone. Are you an improv quilter? Link up your finishes. I love to see what others are doing out there!