I started working on them as soon as they hit my doorstep (I can neither confirm nor deny that I stalked the Fedex truck). I love the prints and colors in this line. Kelly Ventura is a surface designer and it shows - each fabric looks like an individual watercolor painting (I just had a lightbulb moment as I was writing this - think of how great they would look wrapped around a canvas and hung on the wall!). The tealy-sage fabrics really jumped out at me in particular. And those brush stroke prints...be still my heart.
I wanted a way to showcase all of the fabrics together and a herringbone pattern immediately came to mind. I had been wanting to try the quilt-as-you-go herringbone tutorial by Maureen Cracknell for a long time and thought this was the perfect opportunity. I cut my strips at 2.5 inches wide and randomly layered them as I went.
I used Essex linen in black for the backing. Doesn't the Flora fabric pair perfectly with that linen! It's like they were made for each other.
For the closure, I inserted a zipper using my favorite zipper closure tutorial by s.o.t.a.k. If you've been afraid of zippers, don't be! They add such a professional finish to pillows and are not difficult to install.
I am so pleased with how these pillows turned out. I'll be shipping them off to a special friend next week. As for Flora, I already have another project with this beautiful fabric in the works! If you'd like a chance to win your own bundle of these lovelies, hop on over to the Windham Fabrics blog today!