These are certainly challenging times for people around the world. I work in an essential service and are working long hours at present. There has been limited time to relax and sew. I have a couple of new patterns in development but really felt like a simple project this weekend when I had a few hours free. The Ballerina Fusion Pillow was the perfect project.
I love the sweet Ballerina Fusion fabric collection by Art Gallery Fabrics. Pretty ballet and blush pinks, and low volume prints with gold accents – such a soothing and lovely palette.
I separated the fabrics into pinks and cream, and paired them.
I cut rectangles measuring 3 x 6 inches, cut the rectangles in half diagonally and sewed them together in pairs. Using a bloc loc half-rectangle triangle ruler set, I trimmed each rectangle to 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. I arranged the rectangles in 4 rows of 10. The bloc loc rulers really improve accuracy for small blocks.
I added batting to the back of the patchwork pillow panel. I added lines of quilting one inch above and one inch below the horizontal joins. I also quilted in the ditch along diagonal seam lines. This gives the pillow a lovely quilted texture.
I am trying to make do with the supplies I have in order to avoid unnecessary trips to the shop. For the pillow backing, I used two of the low volume prints. I covered the zipper with a placket, and added a small French style tag. My zipper wasn’t quite as long as needed, but I simply added fabric extension pieces to each end, to make it fit.
I love the finished result. The Ballerina Fusion pillow looks pretty against our plain white waffle bed linen.
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