Over the weekend I did that thing I seem to do every Spring... I made some new pillow covers. This is not earth-shatteringly big news (sorry) but you see, the fun thing about keeping a blog as long as I have is that these interesting creative patterns emerge. One of those patterns is Spring, myself, and pillows. Apparently we meet up almost yearly. (As evidenced here, here, here, and here.) I doubt I would have paid attention to that otherwise.
So why break trend? This time around I played around with a cut of Anna Maria Horner's "Twill Bonnet" print from her Dowry line. But let's change it up! What if I patchworked the same print on the pillow front? I cut nine 6 1/2" squares from the print (no fussy cutting) and intentionally placed them not to match up, just turning the fabric this way and that to find a configuration I liked.
I sewed the squares together with a 1/4" seam allowance, and then decided to layer quilt batting and muslin on the back and quilt the front with some straight lines using my walking foot.
This feels modern and I think I want to try this again (did I mention its fast?). I just did an envelope back this time, although I often use Katie's invisible zipper method to close my pillows.