Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Has Sprung Sprocket Pillow!

Isn't that fun to say!

Last year, I crushed on this block from Christina at A Few Scraps:

and I knew I had to make one.  The hexagon paired with the diamonds is just too challenging and awesomly cool isn't!
Christina's blog is full of beautiful, loverly eye candy.

I just looked it up and I started this block in March of 2012!
I finished it and put it away and discovered it while searching for another orphan block.

I brought it out and decided it was time to do something with it.  I'm still working on some large-ish projects, so I wanted to keep this one small and manageable time wise-ish.
The living room could use a new pillow!

Totally from scraps.  I added the peach/coral polka dot fabric and sandwiched the block (17 x 17) so I could quilt it.  Just some straight line and echo quilting to let the Sprocket...well, pop!

Also while searching, I rediscovered two vintage napkis I had scored last year too.
Have I shared this love affair, addiction, with vintage sheets, pillowcases, etc?

How fun are these flowers and the colors match the Sprocket block perfectly!
Quick trip to Joann's (rats, where is my coupon? and what do you mean pillow forms aren't on sale?) was fruitless, but a trip to Big Lots saves the day!  We like smooshy pillows here and I was able to buy a regular sleeping pillow for $3.  Instant (sort of) gratification.  So soft and cushy.

I had enough of the vintage fabric to make a border for the front of the pillow and use for the back.

And here it is playing nice with a Pillow Talk Swap pillow from a few years ago!  I am so happy with how bright and cheerful it is and the sun even came out for a few minutes while I was snapping pictures.

Ben and I are having trouble over who gets the pillow when it's time to take a break and relax.  This turn was mine and I cuddled up with the Aloha Quilt (this is the back) and a good book.

The Aloha Quilt's front!  Sorry, had to slide this's one of my favorites!

So I turned one orphan block into a new, Spring pillow!

I also played with these

and these

I bought these eleven years ago intending to use them at our old house.  Eleven years!  Well, we put it on the market, never hung them, sold the house, bought this house and they never really matched anything we had here.

That's all about to change!

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because life is just too dang short and bland without all these beautiful projects to look at, drool over, admire and be inspired by!
Won't you come be inspired too!


  1. Your cushion is lovely and the Aloha Quilt looks amazing!

  2. Once again, you put me there. I could just feel what it would be like to curl up with that quilt and that gorgeous new pillow, so girly, what does he want with it ! ? ! Shoo, Ben, shoooooooo !

    I worked with brights for so long now, I'm really crushing on your soft colors in that next-to-last photo !!

  3. Great pillow. The colors are fantastic!

  4. Thanks for the inspiration.
    I love the Aloha quilt and the pillow's gorgeous.

  5. What nice spring colors!!! It tricks my mind to think it's warm outside. ;)


  6. The sprocket pillow looks great and so cheerful. I can see why the aloha quilt is one of your favorites, it's gorgeous.

  7. Stopping by from Show and Tell Tuesday. I love your new pillow! What a great use for an orphaned block. And I'm so glad you shared your Aloha quilt. It's beautiful and must make you smile every time you use it.

  8. I am thoroughly intimidated by your pillow. Love your aloha quilt.

  9. Ok - I have to have that pillow! It is gorgeous! I tend to stay away from peach, orange, coral or tangerine, but THIS year I am definitely going to use these clors! Love love the pillow! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  10. That green and coral are beautiful in that pillow:)

  11. Your pillow is so pretty and goes so well with the Aloha quilt. I have found great ugly pillows at TJ Max and other places for just $5 that I use for forms when they are not on sale at Joanns.

  12. I love the colours in your cushion! How brilliant to be finding a use for the things you already have :)

  13. I'm a first-time visitor to your blog and love what I see! Your pillow is fabulous!

  14. How beautiful! The pillow looks great.

  15. Spring hasn't really sprung here yet, so I was happy to see your pillow and aloha quilt. I'm using that same Amy Butler Love print this week!

  16. That is a beautiful pillow. So bright and cheery! Makes me want to make pillows. :)

  17. Oh, pretty pillow! I always love the fresh colors you choose!

  18. Your pillow is sweet, so creative! I like so many things you've posted, I don't know what to the Aloha twister, it's so pretty with the fabrics you set/sashed it with!

  19. That is lovely! I must've bookmaked the tutorial around the same time you started your block. I really am going to try it one of these days...

  20. Bursting with color, light and love. Happy Easter. xo


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