I just love it when two Guilds come together for a swap. I was fortunate enough to participate in the Modern Pillow Cover Swap with the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild (KCMQG) and the Houston Modern Quilt Guild (Houston MGQ). This swap was organized by the KCMQG committee chair, Daniela Kirk. Daniela’s counter partner, for the Houston MQG, was Jenn Saxena. During this swap, we had over 30 participants which accounted for over 60 modern pillow covers being made. Let me tell you about the Modern Pillow Cover that I made!
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When the swap first began, I decided to gather various sources of inspiration. One of my favorite sources of inspiration is Pinterest. I created a Modern Pillow Cover Pinterest board and started curating all the images that inspired me. When I received my partner, I shared this board with her and asked her to choose something that she wanted made for her. My partner gave me several ideas and this lead me to the Kwik Jeli Wonky Geese Pattern. Here is what you need to make your own.
Modern Pillow Cover – Materials List
- Kwik Jeli Wonky Geese Pattern
- (24) print scraps measuring at least 2″ x 1.5″ for small geese
- Up to 3/4 yard backing depending on mini/pillow being made (I used a variety of low volume fabrics – check out these low volume fabrics right HERE)
- 24″ square batting (I use this brand/type for pillow covers)
- (32) print scraps measuring at least 4″ x 2.5″ for large geese
- 1 yard background fabric (low volume fabrics are great for this also)
- 1/4 yard for binding (I love striped binding)
Modern Pillow Cover – Basic Supply List
- Sewing Machine with 1/4″ foot (check out my sewing machine recommendations here)
- Special Paper for your pattern (I recommend THIS paper) – makes tearing out easy!
- Fabric scissors or dressmaker’s shears
- Glue stick or lapel stick (this is helpful for the first piece and around the edges)
- Iron and ironing board
- I would also recommend a wool pressing mat – these really help set those seams!
- seam roller (in case you don’t want to iron every seam)
- Pins & wonder clips
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Thread snips (these are my favorite)
- Add-A-Quarter Ruler (this is a MUST for FPP)
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Once I decided on my color design (one of my favorite parts), then I got started sewing! This project came together quickly and it was fun to use my scraps. My partner wanted happy and cheerful fabrics. She liked yellow, orange and red. Luckily, I have an abundance of scrap fabric, which came in quite useful for this project.
I used my 16.5″ square ruler to trim off the sides and quilted the top with my walking foot attachment. If you don’t have a walking foot attachment – you should get one! It really helps to prevent your fabrics from shifting.
I love how this project turned out. While it is not perfect, I hope that my swap partner will love it as much as I loved making it!
I hope you try this fun and easy pattern. If you have not tried Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) yet, I would recommend THIS ONLINE CLASS. You will be creating in no time! Be sure to checkout all the Instagram photos of this fun swap. We even have our own hashtag! #ModernPillowCoverSwap
I would love to hear what you think of this project, or if you have a pattern or project recommendation. Comment below and share your thoughts!