Quilt Big String Block Pillows

By Melissa LeRay

It’s been a hot minute since I last posted. Two out-of-state moves in between this post and the last post will do that! It’s ironic that the last time I posted was for my dear friend Jemima Flendt’s first book, Weekend Quilting, and now this post is for her second book, Quilt Big.

Quilt Big is a clever book. We never have enough time to create all the quilts we want to make, and Jemima understands, that by upsizing our blocks, we can knock out full quilts in half the time. She has put a lot of thought into creating a book filled with quilt blocks and designs that will appeal to all styles and quilting abilities.

When it came time to choose what I was going to make, I was drawn to the String Block Pillow. It’s been years since I’ve done any strip piecing. I was originally thinking I’d use a jelly roll to make the work even simpler, but I was really craving a handpicked rainbow made of Liberty of London. I had planned on making a full size pillow (24″), but knew that my darling girls would fight about who would get to use it on her bed. So, in a late night flash of genius (ha) I decided to turn it into two pillows – bolsters for their beds.

I am so happy with how these turned out. They were so quick to make – you can’t beat quilting-as-you-go and the pop of color really stands out on their white quilts. I decided on a simple envelope closure for the back, and serged it all together. I used just a simple pink petite dot from SevenBerry (Robert Kaufman). My girls are smitten with their new pillows, and I am thrilled to have a book full of quick makes for when I’m short on time or just wanting a good return on my time investment.

I’ll be hosting a giveaway for some Aurifil thread on my instagram feed, so be sure to enter there!

Lastly, don’t forget to check out all the fabulous makers on this blog tour – there’s sure to be some really lovely eye candy to get you motivated to hop on to your machine!

28th Jan          Jemima Flendt  @tiedwitharibbonhttp://www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com

30th Jan          Ange Hamilton @alittlepatchworkhttp://www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com

31st Jan           Nadra Ridgeway       @ellisandhiggs                          http://www.ellisandhiggs.com

1st Feb            Alyce Blyth           @blossomheartquilts                http://www.blossomheartquilts.com

4th Feb            Lauren Wright      @mollyandmama                      http://www.mollyandmama.com.au

5th Feb            Aurifil                 @aurifilthread                           auribuzz.wordpress.com

6th Feb            Amanda Castor       @materialgirlquilts                    http://www.materialgirlquilts.com

7th Feb            Samantha Dorn        @aqua_paisley                         http://www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog

8th Feb            Sharon Burgess     @lilabellelane                           http://www.lilabellelanecreations.com

11th Feb          Peta Peace             @shequiltsalot                         http://www.shequiltsalot.com

12th Feb          Elea Lutz                @elealutz                                 http://www.elealutzdesign.com

13th Feb          Shannon Fraser     @shannonfraserdesigns          http://www.shannonfraserdesigns.ca

14th Feb          Saija Kiiskinen        @saija_elina                            http://www.saijaelina.blogspot.com

15th Feb          Sedef Imer              @downgrapevinelane              http://www.downgrapevinelane.com

18th Feb          Kate Basti                @katebasti                               http://www.quiltwithkate.com

19th Feb          Minki Kim                 @zeriano  

20th Feb          Ayda Algin              @cafenohut                              http://www.cafenohut.com

21st Feb          Elizabeth Chappell    @quilters_candy   http://www.quilterscandybox.com

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2 Comments on Quilt Big String Block Pillows

  1. Jemima
    January 29, 2019 at 6:03 pm (5 months ago)

    Such sweet String Pillows Melissa – thanks for your beautiful words above

  2. Pam
    January 30, 2019 at 9:55 am (5 months ago)

    Your pillows are just beautiful! I can’t just imagine how excited your children will be to have them on their beds!


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