I enjoyed my last "sweet" project so much, I really wanted to try something a little bigger. I'm not sure how smart it was to choose a white pillow with four boys and a dog on my couch, but I still really like how it turned out!
I started out laying my pattern out on paper. From there, I transferred it onto a double sided iron on adhesive, which I ironed on my fabrics, and then ironed onto the white background.
Choosing the fabrics, then cutting out the pieces to assemble on the background.
The iron on adhesive really made it easy to stitch around each piece without any movement.
It's a bit hard to see in this picture but I used a washable marker to mark where I would be stitching all the little details, like the birds tailfeathers, and the leaf stems.
I used coordinating thread to go over my marked lines five or six times each, until I got the thickness of line I wanted.
Lastly I layered the top, some cotton batting and then a backing and free motion quilted the swirl pattern all over the background.
I trimmed the edges to a 20 inch square, made a pocket to insert a pillow form and finished with a coordinating edging. Ta-da...all done! Took me the better part of a day...but I thoroughly enjoyed it!