Friday, July 17, 2015

Flora Herringbone Pillows (and a Giveaway!)

Something exciting happened to me this week.  I was asked if I wanted to play with the new Flora fabric by Kelly Ventura for Windham fabrics.  Naturally I said, "Heck yeah!"


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.

Quilted Flora Herringbone Pillows

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.

Quilted Flora Herringbone Pillows

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.  


Quilted Flora Herringbone Pillows


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.

Quilted Flora Herringbone Pillows

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!

Quilted Flora Herringbone Pillows

22 comments:

  1. Love the pillows and especially like the grey back - very nice!!!

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  2. I like how you did the quilt as you go and did the hidden zipper. Well done.

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  3. They are amazing, I love the simple design of the cushions and happy colours. x

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  4. I love this fabric and I love your pillows! I'm a sucker for anything herringbone x

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  5. Sweet pillows. I would make a quillow with the Flora collection. Thank you for linking in the zipper tutorial.

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  6. Ohh, what a lucky friend you have! The pillows are beautiful and I love the way you did the back in the linen. Thanks for sharing these!

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  7. Pretty pillows! Thanks for sharing. If I won, I would make some pillows for myself.

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  8. I love the way you do the zipper closure.

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  9. Love these Stephanie! They're so gorgeous!

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  10. Fantastic pillows. I will be trying your zipper technique.

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  11. AWESOME pillows! Thanks for the link to a tutorial. A definite MUST try for me!
    Sherry Heier

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  14. I would love to give these pillows a try for my own house! They are gorgeous. I haven't worked with zippers before, so that might be a little bit tricky.

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  15. I would love to give these pillows a try for my own house! They are gorgeous. I haven't worked with zippers before, so that might be a little bit tricky.

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  16. I love these pillows! I would make them with the fabric. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  17. Beautiful pillows...i need some new ones, too!

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  18. Great pillows, I like the zipper.

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  19. These pillows really look lovely. I like the chevron look with these fabrics.

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  20. Loooove your Pillows!!! What a Special Blessing for your Friend! Will definitely LOVE them! :) The fabrics & pattern are Perfect together. You did an Awesome job!

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  21. I want these cushions!!!! Love this collection of fabric too!!

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  22. I need to make these How BEAUTIFUL!.

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