July 30th, 2013

Christmas in July – Kaleidoscope Pillow

by Julie Hirt

Finished in the nick of time!  The Christmas challenge at Love By Hand ends today.  My entry is a kaleidoscope pillow.

With so many different scraps I love how colorful it is. I don’t even think there is a repeat fabric!

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I hand quilted the front of this using different color threads between the blocks.

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Since it’s a gift (can’t say who, in case they are reading) I wanted a secure zipper back and included a half inch of flange.

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And I couldn’t forget my little label.  I still think it’s neat to see my name on something! (coupon 627handworks for 15% off!)

After seeing kaleidoscope pillows from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts and Stephanie at Quarter Incher I had to make one.

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Now I’m making a kaleidoscope quilt.  The pattern is different and I hope it turns out just as bright.

Oh!  I know I’ve mentioned this before but I always keep an eye out for clearance sheets.

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They are perfect for pillow linings because you can get them cheap and at the same time add an interesting pop of color.

Now I need to fold it up and store it with my Christmas items so I don’t forget I made it!  Hope she likes it :)

Did you have an entry in the challenge?  Have you created anything using a kaleidoscope pattern?


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28 Responses to “Christmas in July – Kaleidoscope Pillow”

  1. I love your pillow! what is the black pindot fabric? i’m looking for something similar and the scale of your fabric is just about right.

  2. I love your pillow ,is just beautiful!

  3. Lovely, I’m sure she will LOVE it. If not, I do, can send it to me :)

  4. I love your pillow– the black background fabric-the colorful diamonds, the quilting, the zipper– everything!

  5. Always love kaleidoscope blocks! Your hand quilting in the different colors is a fun addition

  6. Your pillow turned out great. The black background really makes the colors pop. What a lucky giftee :)

  7. It is absolutely lovely! I am sure the recipient will truly cherish it!

  8. Love your pillow. I’ll start keeping my eye out for sheets on clearance now… Thanks!

  9. I love your pillow Julie! I love the way you inverted it with the colors!

  10. I love the dots and hand quilting! This inside sheet fabric is so cute and clever.

  11. This is so cute! And I LOVE the idea of lining with a sheet. Brilliant!

  12. I love your colors!
    I am keen on clearance sheets too!

  13. Love this pillow, what nice finishing details!

  14. I like the background fabric it just makes the pillow pop. So if your friend doesnt like it , I will take it. Congrats.

  15. Love the pillow. I need to try that flange idea.

  16. That is a gorgeous cushion. It would work all year with those colours too.

  17. What a gorgeous pillow! I love everything about it.

  18. what a great pillow! I love those colors against the black, and it is so neat that there is a pop of color on the inside of the pillow. What a great little surprise!

    :) Kelly

  19. Absolutely stunning!

  20. What a beautiful pillow and love the black dots! This will be a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing.
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  21. Love this! Saw it on Better Off Thread. Now I’m a new follower!

  22. Love the pillow! Great colors with the black polka dot background. Our names are kind of similar and I started quilting in 2010, too.

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