Reading Cushions

The most adorable twins on earth turned one last week, and I wanted to celebrate the occasion. After all, they are daughters of my daughter’s very good friend, but what do you give the girls who have everything?

40241041_10215006465129633_7789545802640130048_nThe idea for these pillows originated with a pattern by Kajsa Kinsella in Popular Patchwork this past winter.

I started with the backs. I had been eyeing the V and Co. ombre confetti fabric, and Elizabeth Hartman’s Bjorn bear. Both came together for the pillow backs.40143665_10215006466609670_4225173884166471680_nThen came the names for the front. I made the letters with contrast strips cut at 1 1/4″. Each one finished at 4 inches tall, and GRACE, at almost 20″, determined the pillow size. 40236513_10215006472129808_2409365851489697792_n.jpgNext came the fronts. Several years ago, Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts published the Dog Gone Cute pattern which I used for the puppies on the pillow front. After all, there had to be two, but they couldn’t be identical.40235641_10215006465849651_3955335730502303744_n

Because I wanted to make the covers washable, there needed to be an opening, but I didn’t want it easily accessible to little fingers who might want to insert bits of unwanted food or other treasures, and I didn’t want the zipper tab digging into the user. This invisible zipper (so the teeth are inwards) was inserted after the quilting, and sits well below the top of the pocket.

And the pockets? Finally, after more than 10 years of hoarding, I cut into some Laurel Burch, and it was just the thing to bring all the bits of the pillow together. It also pandered to my love of bright colours, and the pale yellow, that was shouting at me because it was too neutral, was silenced.  I added a couple books to the parcel, sent them to my daughter who inserted the pillow forms, and they were done.40768662_10215065674569832_8984614817755037696_n

So far, they’re a hit! Don’t you love it when an something just “works”?

Happy spreading joy with your quilting!

Linking up with Susan at Quilt Fabrication and Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts

23 thoughts on “Reading Cushions

  1. Just too darned clever! You sure can stretch your imagination to fit all your needs! They are going to love their new, personalized pillows.


  2. Hi Ann! Oh my goodness, these pillow are just perfect. My sweet boy just turned one on Sunday, and I would hazard a guess that he would appreciate these sweet puppies too. And I adore that book about Corduroy!! Thanks for the ideas. ~smile~ Roseanne


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