Oh Fransson’s QAYG method has turned into a sweeping trend lately, and I’ve wanted to give it a try myself for a while. I recently saw this pillow by Let’s Eat, Grandpa, and I just fell in love with it, so I decided to try one of my own. However, I’m just not in love with my finished product. It’s okay, but it’s not something I’m really happy with.
I think there are several problems with my pillow:
1. I think I chose the wrong colors. It would look like a more natural, fading progression if I put the colors in the order of the rainbow. If I had done red-orange-yellow-green-blue, for example, it would look more natural. Instead I skipped over three colors and went straight to blue.
2. I think I didn’t sew on enough strips. I got really tired of this technique about the time it switched to blue, so I started using bigger pieces. It also became increasingly difficult to cover all my raw edges, so it just doesn’t have the same layered look as the pillow I was trying to recreate.
3. I really didn’t care for this technique, and it shows. It’s not hard, but it’s labor intensive and repetitive. You cover up a LOT of your fabric with each new piece, so there’s a lot of sewing work and fabric that you don’t actually end up seeing. This might be because I’m bad at mental geometry and can’t visualize well where I need to put each new piece. My not liking it has to do more with me than with the pattern. I think the end result can be beautiful, but I’m just not sure I have the patience for it.
That said, the individual parts are quite pretty. I just need to do things differently if I attempt this again. I made this around the same time I made a small pouch version. On the pouch version, I used the canvas duck fabric, but I thought that was too stiff for a pillow, so I just backed this one with muslin, which was a good choice in the end. Perhaps I’ll try this one more time, changing some things and not expecting to finish it in a timely manner. This might be one of those things that I need to pack up and put away a few times before I finish it.