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Home Sweet Home Pillow Pattern

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Wrapping up the week-o-new-patterns, we have the Home Sweet Home pillowcase pattern! In the midst of our many moves last year, I started thinking about how we’d decorate our new home and I couldn’t get this pillow idea out of my mind.

It is a 20″ pillow pattern and features paper pieced letters. What if you don’t know how to paper piece? Fear not! The pattern booklet includes full color photograph, step by step instructions for paper piecing the letters. Like all of my patterns, a full size template sheet is included and the letter templates are already reversed for you!

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Easy. I promise you. Melissa, one of my testers (who also tested the Bleachers quilt!), was new to paper piecing and she had great success! Look at her pillow, made from some Moda grunge and Basic Grey fabrics:

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Jaime (who also tested the Crosshatch quilt pattern!) used some shot cotton and Anna Maria Horner fabric to make this scrappy looking beauty:

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[I think that might be my favorite pattern photo shoot image of all time right there!]

The backing of the pillow is also quilted, which (I think) makes the pillow equally sturdy on both sides. At the binding, a flange is added which gives you another opportunity to pick fun fabrics!

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Being able to quilt something up quickly on your own machine is a great way to practice all of the techniques it takes to make a full quilt- cutting, pressing, piecing, quilting, binding. It’s all here in a nice, neat little package! Just check out the different ways we quilted our pillows…

I used straight lines (seen above), which start and stop to go around the letters. Sure it took more time that way, but I really like how the letters ‘pop’ a bit more.

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Jaime quilted hers with intersecting diagonal lines. Such great texture from this!

And Melissa used an elongated zigzag stitch to achieve this fun look:

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If you are in the market for a quick project to decorate your own home, you can find the pattern at many of the stores listed on my Patterns page, under “Where to Buy.” If you are looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line. As mentioned in the previous posts, store owners can contact me at shea@emptybobbinsewing.com or their preferred distributor to place an order.

Your turn! Have you ever paper pieced before? I’m curious how many have tried it and how many haven’t jumped in just yet. Do tell!

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6 Responses to Home Sweet Home Pillow Pattern

  1. Rachel April 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Wonderful pattern!! I love the slightly wonky look to the letters. I love paper piecing, but I piece a little differently. I use freezer paper and I do not sew through the paper, so there is no ripping at the end. Here is a link to my method, if you would like to see:

    http://scrapendipitydesigns.com/blog/?p=787

    Though this method doesn’t really save time per say, there are many things about it that I just found easier than traditional paper piecing. :)

    Cheers!
    Rachel
    http://scrapendipitydesigns.com/

  2. Ramona April 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    This is so sweet! Love how you’ve set out the letters.

  3. Carrie April 29, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    You are amazing! I love all of these new pictures of your newest patterns! They are gorgeous and you must be so proud, dizzy, excited, and all the rest. I am so excited for you. And honestly, there are so many amazing quilts and pillows here I couldn’t even pic a fave—they are all incredible. Yay, you. xo.

  4. kathy July 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I really love the look of this pillow! A friend and her hubby purchased their very first home, and I really want to give them a personalized house warming gift. I think this will be lovely! Not to mention, that I’m a new quilter/crafter, so I am doubly excited about making this.

    :)

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