Wink, wink.

Last week I was shifting piles of fabric around and discovered some long forgotten hst’s.

My design wall happened to be available and so I just started putting the squares up to see what would happen..


this is what emerged !

The hst’s were left over from this quilt. They were trimmed and ready to go so it all came together fairly quickly considering they had been sitting for over a year ! I don’t know… does that count as “quickly” ?

I knew I wanted to try something different from the last pillows I made. I’m not a big fan of the ‘envelope’ style back and while finishing the edges in a quilt binding style looks o.k., I thought I would stretch my skills a little. I found this tutorial for bias binding and making your own piping and gave it a try. I’ve had a package of clothesline kicking around so long I really don’t remember why I bought it so that is what I used inside the bias tape.


I was happy to find that I had enough of the same fabric I had used to bind the quilt. I do. not. know. how I came up with the idea that a 12.5″ square would yeild enough bias tape for the pillow but it did… with 2″ to spare !


my zipper foot and those clover clips are a big help holding all the layers together – it would have been a lot harder using pins.


As you can see, I rounded the corners and now, instead of doggy ear corners I have teddy bear corners 🙂


Here’s a shot of the back of the pillow and the back of the quilt.



I’m pretty happy to have this set complete – even though the project just sort of ran ahead of me and wasn’t on my “to do” list. This is why I don’t make lists at the beginning of the new year – I never stick to a plan anyway !


See the lion winking ? He knew all along he wouldn’t get left behind !

Since the hst’s were left over from the quilt I guess they count as scraps and I’m linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday.

Since this is my only finish for the week I’ll also be linking up with Amanda for Finish it up Friday.

Thanks for dropping by, have a good weekend everyone.






7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allisonreidnem
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 12:23:48

    What a brilliant way of using those lovely HSTs. I’m still amazed by the variety of patterns that can be made with such a simple unit. Hats off to you for trying a new finishing technique – the piped edging looks very professional ☺



  2. Colleen
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 15:34:07

    Thanks Allison, I agree about the hst’s !



  3. Gemini Jen NZ
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 16:29:12

    Very cool use of leftover patches – looks really effective as a pillow!



  4. Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts
    Apr 16, 2016 @ 21:52:11

    Great idea for using up HST’s that definitely count as scraps. I like that you used the same backing fabrics on both. They really coordinate well.

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  5. Nicky
    Apr 19, 2016 @ 04:20:53

    Yes they are scraps and this is why we shouldn’t throw them away – matching cushions! Thank you for linking up to #scraptastictuesday



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