This is my swap pillow for this round of the Pillow Talk Swap (cute name, huh?). This swap group is one of the ones I was drooling over when I first discovered swapping. There are some seriously gorgeous pillows that come out of this swap. A couple months ago, I got really brave and asked to join…and I was accepted (yea!).
I had to bring my A-game to this swap, and my partner said she liked feathers on her sign-up form, so I went with these. I would have loved to use the Anna Maria Horner feather block pattern, but it was just way too big (and difficult to shrink), so I made up my own paper piecing pattern. It went “okay.” The piecing isn’t perfect, but it’s decent, and now that it’s quilted, you’d never know there were any issues. Honestly, I think what threw things off was the stretching on the strings that make up the bodies of the feathers.
When it came time to quilt, I had no idea what to do and ended up settling on wavy “organic” lines. The feathers seem kind of hippie and all natural to me, so I thought it was a nice fit. I used Kona cotton in “natural” for the background and accented it with Essex linen in denim. I think it tempers all the bright colors well.
For the back, I used this natural colored fabric with a white flower print. It’s the same as the border on the front. I really like this fabric, and I thought it provided a nice calm background to the bolder feathers. I bound the pillow this time, instead of sewing the edges and turning, because I wanted more of the denim on the pillow.
Overall, I’m really happy with it, and it was the first time in my swapping experience where I really kind of wanted to keep my swap item! My partner was very quiet this round, so I do hope she likes what I chose to make her. I’ll know soon—I finished this just under the wire, which is very unusual for me. Cutting it so close has been seriously stressing me out. I don’t plan to make a habit of procrastinating on my swap items!