Do you know what you get from paper piecing? Scraps. Lots and lots of scraps. Last weekend I decided to crack open my full to bursting box of Noteworthy scraps and have a play around. Once I started pulling scraps out, I knew I wanted to make something for my grandmother Heather (Gran to me).
This is basically improv piecing - I just started with a piece of fabric and kept adding bits, trimming it down to a regular shape as necessary, until I had a decent sized block. You might be able to see that there are a couple of more deliberately pieced areas (the pink at the top and the bottom of the pillow), where I wanted to include some pink but all my scraps were too small to be able to add a single piece. This 16" square pillow is made up of four improv pieced blocks, stitched together and then trimmed down to square.
I wanted the quilting to contrast with the crazy and wonky piecing, so I quilted a reasonably dense cross-hatch grid (I marked at 1" intervals down each side of the quilt top and used a hera marker to mark each diagonal line before quilting). The 50 weight cream cotton thread I used just melts into the fabrics, so that the texture is the main feature.
Both the backing and the binding are from the same fabric collection - I was able to use a single fat quarter for the backing, with a simple envelope style pillow closure. I think I might need to get more of this bird on a wire print - it makes a really great binding.
This pillow will be in the mail to Gran this week - she lives in Auckland, otherwise I would deliver it personally. Hopefully she likes it!Linking up with: