So... awhile ago, I wanted to try paper piecing and I made this:
|the Lone Starburst|
What I love about paper piecing is that you can utilize scraps really well while paper piecing small sections, such as with the Lone Starburst pattern (free for download, too). I underestimated the size scraps I would need many times while adding a piece, but I think with practice I could get better about estimating scrap size.
I didn't want to commit to piecing additional blocks for a quilt (plus, I have several quilts in progress right now and do not need another one), so I turned my single block into a pillow cover.
I got "creative" with my quilting. This creativity might backfire after several washes... I did backstitch a few stitches each time I began and stopped, but I think I still risk the quilting coming out over time.
|the stitches make it look more interesting!|
I continued that creativity to the back of the pillow, where I quilted line approximately 1" apart in a diagonal grid pattern. I used my hera marker and ruler to mark my lines and quilted with my walking foot. I love the effect!
|imperfectly quilted grid.|
|close up. I used white thread, because I wanted to see the stitching.|
Then I installed a regular zipper and called it a day. Although I have installed invisible zips on pillow cases before, I discovered Robe Zippers last time I was at JoAnn's. They are cheaper than invisible zips or extra long zips, and longer too. I shortened mine before installation.
|I used a 'robe zipper'.|
I love that the pillow case opens all the way, to make putting the pillow insert in or taking it out for washing easier. And, I think this is my most attractive pillow case (made OR bought) yet!