Today is my stop on the Desert Bloom blog tour, and I really enjoyed playing with Amanda's sweet fabrics. This collection is inspired by her home state of Utah, so it was a very personal one for her. Since I normally work with a lot of colors in my projects, it was a nice challenge for me to make something using a more limited color palette.
Because these prints feel more modern than my typical choices, I decided to follow that style in the 12" pillow cover I made from them. I cut approximately 2" wide strips from a charm pack, arranging them in three rows according to color: reds, aquas, and neutrals. I didn't bother with exact measurements, trying to be more improvisational in the construction of the pillow top. I sewed the strips together, sewed the rows together, and then quilted them in straight vertical lines about 1/4" apart. It's a very simple design, but I think it works well.
For the pillow backing, I used my favorite print in the entire collection: Desert Text in white. It's such a fabulous text print with a slightly vintage feel to it. I will definitely be using it in other projects!
I was taking photos of the pillow in our living room when my youngest daughter walked in, saw the pillow, and gasped loudly. "Can I have it?" she begged. "Can I have it when you're done?" She danced around me in excitement until I took the last picture and handed it to her.
"Thank you!" she squealed and dashed off. I haven't seen the pillow since.
You can find more details about the Desert Bloom blog tour on Amanda's blog right here. There are some fabulous people sharing projects for this tour, so be sure to check it out!