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Love Birds Quilted Pillow Workshop

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

I’ve been talking an awful lot about “Santa’s Workshop” this month. Okay…. So I may have still been hanging around in my own little sewing room. But the quilted pillow I was making was not destined to be given as a Christmas gift this time.

I recently received a phone call inquiring about whether I was interested in a Workshop event with the Listowel Creative Needles Club. Marilyn had been visiting the Sew Fresh Quilts blog and suggested that one of the blocks from the Forest Friends quilt pattern could be used by the ladies in her group to make a quilted cushion for their January meeting.

Just like the Wee Foxes pillows, this quilted cushion was made to match the Forest Friends quilt using the same Cotton Couture solids from Michael Miller Fabrics. I made the 8″ x 13″ Love Birds block, a part of my Forest Friends pattern, which can be purchased from my pattern store here. Then bordered the blocks with 4″ wide strips.

And quilted using my signature organic wavy lines. I chose a light gray Superior Threads’ Omni #3023 on top and plain white Guetermann polyester thread in the bobbin. Then I trimmed it down to the 13″ x 20″ size of the pillow form.

The backing is Aviary in aqua also by Michael Miller Fabrics. After making so many pillows this month, there was no need for me to turn to this tutorial by Svetlana of  S.O.T.A.K Handmade for making the hidden zipper closure on the back.

The “Love Birds” quilted pillow finished at 13″ x 20″
and was the 75th use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

If you are interested in having me come to do a Trunk Show or Workshop with your guild, mention Sew Fresh Quilts to your guild’s program director. It never hurts to make an inquiry….

I am willing to travel. And have a valid passport. Just sayin’.

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
Hope your holiday is happy and handmade.

Keep On Quilting On!
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16 Responses

  1. KaHolly says:

    Oh, Lorna, how very sweet! The ladies at Listowel Creative Needles Club are so very lucky! XO

  2. This is exciting! Love that little pillow. I'm still searching for the Quiltmaker's magazine for your cute giraffe quilt. I'm holding tight to the magazine that has your Reindeer block in it. My husband loves that block.

  3. Adorable project. I've been low profile but still following your adventures. Have a wonderful holiday with your family, Lorna.

  4. Lara B. says:

    How exciting about the workshop Lorna! This pillow is adorable! Your pattern lends itself perfectly to being used for cushions! You've been the busiest elf ever this year!

  5. ALL the animals from the forest friends will make good pillows! Love this as well. It's on my to do list for this year…better work on my direction following!

  6. Nancy J says:

    And the back is so beautiful too.I can see a row of these on a settee.!!!

  7. A trio of Forest Friends made it onto a pillow at my house this week. Lovin' these patterns!

  8. Lovely pillow Lorna. Those ladies are very lucky. Debbie

  9. All your blocks do make sweet pillows. Love the backing fabric.

  10. Cheryl says:

    What a wonderful workshop project! I love how each piece of your larger quilt pattern works so well on its own.

  11. Oh congratulations on being approached for a workshop! I hope you and the quilters have a lot of fun together. 🙂

  12. Laney says:

    Beautiful pillow! Love the wavy line quilting. Happy Holidays!

  13. Amy B. says:

    Those birds are just adorable! The backing fabric is simply divine, as well!

  14. tink's mom says:

    They are perfect. Wonderful creative imagination you have.

  15. Oh aren't they adorable little birds! And I love the wavy line quilting, they look like they're sitting in a breeze!

  16. It's darling – I have a bird loving aunt who might be getting one of her own this year!

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