I'm on a pillow making frenzy at the moment. I can't get enough of the fusible fleece from Julia at Gone to Earth which makes pillow making so easy and the pillows so soft and sleepable-on. I decided to make my parents a Christmas pillow instead of the usual Christmas card this year. I used shot cottons on a background of a somewhat busy dotty fabric which I had thought was going to be the most useful dot ever when I bought it but it turned out to be too busy for most jobs. As a blizzard though, it's just the ticket.
To get those wavy / snowy quilting lines, I drew straight lines an inch apart with my hera marker. Then I straight line quilted along those lines at full pelt yanking the pillow back and forth like a cartoon character would drive, more or less aiming for the hera marker line but not worrying too much about it. I then went back and did the same in between all the lines. It's a quick way of quilting and my new favourite.
This pillow had my first envelope back. I overlapped the two halves of the back by 4" and edged the upper edge with some binding. Much quicker than zips and buttons and it gives a nice finishing detail on the back. I copied this idea from Katy but don't tell her I said that because she'll get all big headed and pleased with herself.
I have also rashly ordered a FQ bundle of Countdown to Christmas from the Fat Quarter Shop (taking advantage of this week's 25% of everything sale) with the intention of making all my children and my long suffering Welsh husband pillows for Christmas but whether I will pull that off I don't know. Do they really want Christmas pillows anyway or is that just me getting all romantic thinking they'd be thrilled with a homemade gift from me when really they'd prefer something from the Apple store.