Blue pillow – getting there. And a serger question.

We have a quilted pillow front:


In terms of quilting, I decided to ‘edgestitch the ditch’ as I really did not want any thread to cover up the colorful squares and I’m not so solid on ditch stitching yet.  I got fussy and surrounded each square but that’s it; I wanted this to look as clean as possible.  Fancy quilting often feels too old-fashioned for my personal taste.  Very pleased with this level.  Close up:


And now onto the back:  This pillow is replacing/revamping a chenille pillow that is sadly falling apart.  My original plan to reuse the original pillow backing turned out to be a no-go as, on closer examination, it is fraying badly.   I decided to piece the back using these two fabulous Michael Miller “Gypsy Bandana” designs which sadly seem no longer available:


Keeping with the ‘squares’ theme, I quilted large squares on the back.

Unfortunately when I took the falling apart pillow apart to get the stuffing, I discovered that it is merely stuffed and does not contain a ‘pillow form’ per se.  Since I like the way this pillow is going so much, I’m going to make it with a zipper so I can throw the cover in the wash as I’m sure the white will not easily remain white.  I cut down an old IKEA pillowcase (that was oversized and thus big enough (this pillow is a little under 20″), turned it inside-out and serged the other 3 sides.

IMG_0264I am new to serging and using mine was not as tricky as I’d remembered (threading in particular).  That said, I couldn’t get the tension quite right which was frustrating.  Anyone know about this?  All adjustments seemed to make it worse. This was the best it got.  Thoughts?


All that remains is inserting the zipper and sewing the cover together.  So close!  I do have a long-enough zipper in my stash but it’s invisible and it’s been a while.  So that’s a project for another day.  I did not expect this project to become so elaborate but I do feel like I learned/relearned a ton which is great. Can’t wait to get this in our apartment for real.  Nice.


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