Today, I’m reviewing ‘Pillow Pop’ by Heather Bostic. Let me start this post off by saying that before I even got this book into my sweaty-with-anticipation hands, I already knew which pillow I would be making from it. I’ve had this pillow on my bucket list for, oh, two years (I could be wrong because my concept of time is really wacked out). I’m talking about Ryan Walsh’s contribution to the book.
This pillow is made with applique circles, which are overlapped and trimmed. I had a really hard time choosing fabrics for my pillow. Of course my first instinct was to buy something new (because isn’t that what the point of a new project is? Why would we use something we already own in our stash?? haha), but I reminded myself that I’ve been recently complaining that I have all these quilt cuts stashed when I mostly make bags (which obviously take bigger cuts). So I pulled out some Good Folks. I had a charm pack that I cut for myself last year (for what reason, I don’t even know), so I used my Accuquilt Go! Baby circle die to cut the circles out. I used the two smallest (adjacent) circles on the die, so the charms worked nicely since I could get one circle of each size from each piece of fabric. I pre-trimmed the circles in what I felt was a good overlapping circle. I used a text fabric for my background.
The pattern in the book calls for the circles to be topstitched on, which would give a great raw edge effect. I just have a personal preference regarding raw edges (or maybe it’s because I have children who throw the pillows around and use them to practice boxing training), so I assembled my circles using a blanket stitch using my trusty Aurifil 40wt thread. I admit this takes a lot longer, but I was pleased with how it turned out. All-in-all, the pillow took me 4 hours to make. I made it for my husband, and he picked out another Anna Maria Horner fabric for the backing of the pillow, this one from her ‘Field Study’ line.
I love this pattern because there is so much room for error. I wasn’t terribly worried about my fabric placement, I just added the circles one at a time (oh, and also the fact that I was using a glue stick to temporarily adhere each circle before I appliqued it – my own idea, because I’m lazy). The overlapping trims also don’t need to be perfect either. Because this is such a busy design, your eye will travel all over the pillow and catch all of the beautiful fabrics.
|Image courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop, where you can also buy this book!|