It's still October and already I've made my parents a Christmas pillow. It's a tradition in my family that my sisters and I compete for the best Christmas card sent to my parents and last year I upped the ante by sending a Christmas pillow instead. And I've decided to do the same again this year with this Stars and Baubles Christmas Pillow.
The pillow is made using Oakshott Lipari shot cottons which are shot with black and so have lovely rich jewel tones, perfect for Christmas projects. I've mixed them with a few regular quilting cottons because the mix of Oakshotts and quilting cottons gives extra depth because of the contrasting textures. I foundation paper pieced the stars and a pattern will be following for this pillow for anyone who wants to have a go.
I used the Sizzix 1" circles die to make light work of cutting 32 perfect circles which were fused on with Steam-a-Seam. Credit where credit is due, the idea for the circles around the stars was taken from the dresden quilt Katy I'm a Ginger Monkey made for the Modern Quilts book. You can see it on the right hand side of the book cover and you can see that she added circles around her dresdens and I thought I'd do the same to the stars in this pillow. Have you started on any Christmas projects this year? And is this year going to be the year of handmade gifts in your house?