This is where my improvisation comes in. I am a conservative quilter(as I call myself). This means I love old fashion looking quilts and I tend to mimick them. I like the symmetrical look of things. I take the scraps of my quilts and dream up some type of design. Some very traditional and some that teeter on the edge. Most of my quilts I design as I go.
For these 2 pillow covers I sewed the scraps from my Cherry Blossom Box Quilt together into a long row.
For the first pillow I cut two 14 inch strips off. Then I used some leftover strips from the quilt sashing to put a 2 inch border on either side of the strip. I had a small piece of the base fabric left and used that to connect the strips together. To finish it off I put 2 strips on the outside. Making the total size 18x18 inches.
I backed it with batting and then decided to watch part of a Leah Day video to decide how to free motion quilt it. I decided to practice Square Echo's in the rows and chain of Pearls in the sashing. In the boarder I practiced rivers Path.
On the second pillow cover I sewed the leftover scrap strip together with leftover pieces of fabric. I then sandwiched it and practiced free motion quilting paisley onto it! I really loved how it turned out.
I squared these up into 18 1/2 inch pieces. I then cut out backing fabric by cutting a width of 18 1/2 inches and adding 2 1/2 inches to the length. I them made a hem on one side of each. This allowed the other side to be sewn down to the front. I flipped the pieces and sewed an additional line around the outside of the pillow to secure.
These pillow covers are going to my friend Shelia to match her quilt! I hope she enjoys!