Garden District Pillow

Posted in applique, Pillows on Mar 04, 2013

Yay!–I finally get to share my Garden District pillow with you all!  I designed and made this pillow almost two years ago!  Yikes, I can’t believe it’s really been that long.

I designed Garden District for Heather Bostic’s book Pillow Pop–a book featuring fun pillow designs from over 20 different designers/bloggers.

The fabrics I used are from Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks voile collection and a tan linen.  The combo of the two weights of fabric was a little bit tricky to work with but the end product is so striking.

One of my fave parts of the pillow is the colorful hand quilting using perle cotton.  I’ve been asked often what type of needle I prefer for quilting with perle.  I use an embroidery needle–the larger eye and longer needle are perfect for working with the heavier weight thread (I usually use 8 wt. perle).

I finished off the pillow with a simple envelope enclosure but I added a fun little strip of pieced fabric to spice the back up a bit.

I’m happy to have my pillow back home after it’s long absence!–It’s happily living on my couch. =)

BTW, in case you missed the scrap basket update in my last post, they were spoken for in just a couple minutes after my post.  They’ve been mailed off and received into their new home where they will hopefully be made into something fabulous.

I do still have scraps that I will need to unload again sometime and judging by all you scrap lovers (myself included!) a scrappy giveaway may be in order at some point in time.

Happy Sewing!

18 to “Garden District Pillow”


  1. 1
    Terry says:

    Beautiful pillow…love your hand stitching!

  2. 2
    The Mrs. says:

    Wow, 2 years! I knew the publishing process was slow, but obviously I underestimated. The pillow is stunning. Love the Little Folks.

  3. 3
    Johanna says:

    Love it! I really need to get that book!

  4. 4
    Kathleen OGrady says:

    Beautiful pillow! Your work is awesome!

  5. 5
    Cindy Sharp says:

    Beautiful!

  6. 6

    What a stunning pillow!! I just love it!! So fun for you to be part of such an amazing book!!

  7. 7
    Disns says:

    Love the quilting – makes the squares really stand out. I’m a lover of scrap quilts and I love the way the red makes the pillow come alive.

  8. 8
    SarDee says:

    I love this design and the hand quilting! We’re not much for throw pillows around my house but I am REALLY gonna have to make this one… it looks so intricate!!

  9. 9
    Tamie says:

    I love your pillow and scraps. I’ll keep my eyes open for further clearing out.

  10. 10
    CitricSugar says:

    Lovely!! It must have been so hard not to share that one for two years! Such great shapes…. Beautiful.

  11. 11
    Renita Sullivan says:

    Your pillow is beautiful…I can’t believe it takes so long…thanks for sharing with us…now I just have to look fo that book!

  12. 12
    Anita says:

    It’s beautiful!

  13. 13
    Lynette says:

    This is so pretty – I really love the double arcs of the fabric and then the perle stitching.

  14. 14
    Elizabeth W. says:

    Beautiful!

  15. 15
    Jake says:

    You really did a fabulous job on that pillow! And the hand stitching really adds to it’s hominess!

  16. 16
    Jake says:

    And I just ordered that book a few weeks ago when I preordered Ayumi’s Zakka book…still waiting on arrival as I chose to wait to ship until Ayumi’s book was released to save shipping.

  17. 17

    Beautiful–and the hand quilting just “makes” it!

  18. 18
    Heather says:

    Really pretty, I love the fabric choices, that tan linen is really nice.

  19. 19

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