Color Pop Pillow

Hi, everyone! It’s Lisa Calle of Vintage Modern Quilts here today kicking off Color Pop month on the Moda Bake Shop. Two of my favorite things come together in this fast and easy project – Nine patches + Bella Solids! I used a mix of Moda Candy (2.5″ squares) and fat quarters to make my pillow covers, but you could use yardage, charms, or even jelly rolls.

For one pillow, you will need:
9 bright squares from your Moda Candy (I used 2012 Bella Solids)
72 2.5″ squares in a variety of neutral solids
4 – 2.25″x22″ strips of fabric for border
20″ pillow form
24″ square of batting
24″ square of muslin
21″ square of backing fabric

Perle cotton thread for hand quilting

Note: Piecing seams are 1/4″. Pillow assembly seams are 1/2″.

For each 20″ pillow cover you are making, choose nine bright squares from your Moda Candy pack. You will need 72 neutral squares for your background. I used all of the neutrals in the Moda Candy pack plus some more I had on hand, including stone, feather, bleached white, and silver.

Select eight neutrals and one bright color pop for each 9-patch, placing the color pop square in the center:

Sew 9-patches together and press well. Trim into quarters:

Square up each quarter to 3.25.” Arrange your blocks into a pleasing design in rows of six. Sew together and press each row.

Join the rows together to form your pillow top.

Attach your borders, trimming off any extra fabric.

Layer your pillow top, batting, and muslin square. Pin or spray paste to keep in place. Quilt as desired. I quilted several straight lines using my machine to hold the layers together and then I added a lot of hand quilting using a variety of perle cotton threads.

Trim to 21 inches square. Serge edges or sew a zig zag stitch around quilted top and 21″ piece of backing fabric so your pillow is nicely finished inside.

About my backing fabric…I used four pieces of Moda wool from a bundle called Crazy Cuts that I’ve been hoarding for several years. I thought, “Why save it when I can enjoy it daily on the back of this pillow?” Moda offers a variety of wools in their basics line, including solids, houndstooth, and plaids.

Start using 1/2″ seams from here on out! You can even go to 5/8″ seams if you want your pillow case to fit nice and tight on the pillow form. 

Insert your zipper between the backing fabric and the quilted pillow top using your favorite method. Unzip the zipper and sew the remaining three sides. Use the zipper opening to turn the pillow right-side-out.

One 20″x20″ pillow cover with pops of color!

If you make a pillow, be sure and add it to the {Moda Bake Shop Flickr pool}.

Lisa Calle

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