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My sweet friend and super talented designer Sarah Ashford did it. She wrote a book. An actual book and it's ahhhmazing.
The book is called Jump into Patchwork and Quilting. It covers everything from picking the right fabric and notions, how to cut using a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat. Everything you need to know if you're just starting out. And then it also includes six gorgeous projects.
One of them I got to try!
It wasn't an easy choice but I decided to try Sarah's Pretty Patchwork Pillow. It's a super cute little project yet very easy and made in no time at all. Absolutely beginner friendly - if this is your first ever attempt at Patchwork and Quilting.
I adjusted the size of my squares a little (as my pillow was a little smaller). I used five times five squares, each measuring 3.5". A great size to show off the beautiful fabric.
Ohhh... and I was also lucky enough to try out Heather Ross' new line for Windham - West Hill. Which I truly love. The greens are gorgeous and I love the new prints she added to this line. Make sure to keep an eye out. West Hill is coming out in January 2022.
Did I mention how much I love prints by Heather Ross? The older lines really work so well together with her new ones. This quilt is made using some of my very favourite prints ever and I am so glad that Heather is bringing some of them back with West Hill.
But let's talk a little more about the pillow. Shall we?
Ok. Like I've said above. I used slightly smaller squares (3.5" - five times five) as my pillow was a little smaller. But I think it worked out real nice.
Regarding materials. For piecing I used Aurifil 50wt and then I quilted it all using matching colour of Aurifil 28wt (you can find out more about why and when I use which thread weight over here). I didn't mark the lines before quilting them and really like that the pillow is actually not perfect but very much handmade! And like I mentioned above, I used West Hill by Heather Ross.
And of course. If you like to make your own - make sure to get yourself a copy go Sarah's wonderful book Jump into Patchwork and Quilting! There you find all the instructions to make this pillow all by yourself. There are lots of pictures, graphics and instructions - slowing walking you through the process.
I can highly recommend this beautiful book!
I think next up is the super cute mug rug! Another sweet and easy project yet absolutely adorable. And of course... I will keep you updated on that one as well.
Thanks so much to you, Sarah! Your book is amazing and gorgeous. And so YOU. I love all your projects and how you are walking the reader through the process. And of course - huge congrats again on your first book!
And that's a wrap, my friends. Especially if you're new to Patchwork and Quilting - make sure to get yourself a copy of the book. You can thank me later...
Take care and warm quilty hugs,
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