Friday, April 24, 2015

Quilt Now Pillows

Silent Film Pillow by Heidi Staples for Quilt Now Magazine

Way back in October when I was swamped with Quilt Market sewing, I was also working on some projects for the February 2015 issue of Quilt Now magazine which would be featuring low volume designs. Like always, I kept things simple. The Silent Film pillow above is made of 64 black, white, cream, and gray squares from some of my favorite prints.

Silent Film Pillow by Heidi Staples for Quilt Now Magazine

I used eight spools of thread, generously donated by Aurifil, to quilt the pillow in a rainbow of colors. The threads go in color order across the front of the pillow, and they create an almost radiant grid as they intersect over the quiet patchwork background. This is one of those projects you really have to see in person to get the full effect. It's hard to capture it exactly through photos.

Silent Film Pillow by Heidi Staples for Quilt Now Magazine

The pillow is backed in my favorite floral print from Heather Bailey's Up Parasol collection. I love the contrast of the brightly colored backing against the low volume front.

Zebra Interrupted Pillow by Heidi Staples for Quilt Now Magazine

My second project was even simpler. I'd been seeing a lot of black and white stripes in catalogs and magazines back then, and I wanted to work these into a pillow. My Zebra Interrupted pillow is a lightning quick project, but it makes a wonderful graphic statement -- especially when you pair it with something floral as they did for the magazine photo shoot.

Zebra Interrupted Pillow by Heidi Staples for Quilt Now Magazine

I matched black and white thread to each pieced stripe, quilting them just inside the edges. Rather than matching the thread for the green stripe, however, I did my quilting in a shade of shocking pink. I used the same pink for the backing fabric, which is a leaf print by Lotta Jansdotter. Though this pillow is very different from my usual style, I had a lot of fun with it. It almost has a bit of a Kate Spade feel to me.

These pillows marked my first published magazine projects. What a treat! You can get your own copy -- if you don't have one already -- right here.

Happy weekend, friends!

7 comments:

  1. Love your Silent Film pillow...so striking.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love the fussy cute on the patchwork! Beautiful cushions!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love these Heidi! The contrast of the front and backs are perfect! I'm adding these to my must - make list. : )

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love these Heidi. Shame they didn't show the back of the pillows in the magazine as they really complement and bring out the simplicity of the fronts.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Very pretty Silent Film Pillow. All the fussy cutting is just like photograms from a film!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Very pretty Silent Film Pillow. All the fussy cutting is just like photograms from a film!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love the Silent Film pillow. And great name too!

    ReplyDelete

Aren't you the sweetest!! Thanks for making my day by leaving a comment!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...