Colorado quilt block pillow

A couple of weeks ago I hit the 1000 followers mark on Instagram.  As a celebration and “thank you” to my followers, I held a giveaway for a handmade item of my choosing.  While the boys and I were at brunch one Sunday, I let Sam choose a number and was so happy to see that the winner was Julia of My Rain Boots are Red.  She is an amazing woman and mother to five of the most gorgeous kids you can imagine.  She is also an incredibly talented quilter and DIYer.  You really need to check out her blog to find some inspiration (for example her Farmer’s Wife quilt that I drool over every time I see in photos or this awesome school room map that she and her husband created).

I asked her what her favorite colors and fabrics are for some guidance.  Then when I realized that she lives in Colorado, I decided to make a pillow using four Colorado quilt blocks.

Scrappy Colorado quilt block pillow

This is an easy block to make using half square triangles.  I pulled some charm squares out of a Scrumptious charm pack by Bonnie and Camille and went to work.  Aren’t the colors so clean and fresh?  They certainly make me think of spring while I’m shoveling snow here in Indiana right now!

Scrappy Colorado quilting detail

For the quilting I used my go-to Aurifil 50 wt. #2021 and quilted a large X through the center of the pillow front and then echoed those seams at approx. 1/2″ intervals (the width of my walking foot).  I love the texture it creates.

Scrappy Colorado pillow back

On the back I used leftover Bonjour Mon Ami fabric from the baby quilt I just completed.  The fabrics were sitting on the cutting table together and were a great match.  For the zipper cover I used one of my all time favorite dot prints from the Bonnie and Camille Happy Go Lucky line.  I have some of these in every color that came out!

Scrappy Colorado zipper cover

Like I said, I had so much fun making this pillow that it was actually very hard to send away!  I mean, don’t you think it looks so happy on my sewing room chair with my Scrappy  Trips quilt?  😉  In all seriousness, it was a pleasure to make this because I knew I was sending it to someone who would appreciate the work and thought I put into it.

Scrappy Colorado quilt block pillow front

Thanks again to all of my followers, I really do appreciate each and every one of you.  I never realized how amazing the online quilting community was until I started this blog.  You all make the effort it takes to keep the blog going worthwhile.

Much love!


11 thoughts on “Colorado quilt block pillow

  1. you are way too gracious, my sweet friend. Words cannot express how thankful I am for a gift that has so much of yourself and thought in it. And you are so right – I truly do appreciate it. It couldn’t have been more perfect if I had picked out the colors myself. And I’m amazed you were willing to splurge and use such prized fabrics for me. =)
    After it came in the mail today, I immediately started re-arranging my bedding around it and what would look best with it! I’ll have to send you a picture of it once I’ve got the right bedding on.

  2. No… Thank you!!! for giving us so much and shearing all your knowledge trough out year! I love your blog and can’t wait to see what’s the next project!! Happy New Year to you and your family

  3. Your pillow is lovely. My question is: Is it only contestants that are bloggers only eligible to enter to win in your giveaways contests? Because I’m a reader of your blog by email as well follow you in my Facebook wall.

  4. Amanda, the pillow is great and uses my favorite motif, the pinwheel, but I have to thank you for introducing me to this cool Colorado block. I’m ‘obsessed’ with pinwheels myself. Oh and remember you are aloud to make something for yourself. You deserve it too!!! Happy quilting and blogging this year! I look forward to seeing and reading more of your work!


  5. The cushion is lovely! I adore Bonnie and Camille fabrics, and love your quilting on the cover. What a lucky follower. I joined Instagram this year and found you through others I follow. Now I follow you there, and your blog. Feel free to follow me and see what I make at sarahkrothe.

  6. I just love that Bonny and Camille line, and your half-square triangles showcase the so nicely in such a modern fashion. I would definitely put that pillow on my couch. Just lovely.

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