I finally finished the new pillows for our couch. You can see the first of my new living room pillows here.
I had the hardest time deciding on fabrics. I wasn't sure if the two pillows should match exactly, or just sort of go together. I decided to go in the middle, leaning more towards matching exactly. I also decided to just use two fabrics. The pillows on the couch will probably be used a lot longer than any quilt that might be hanging on the couch so I wanted the pillows to be neutral (ish) and simple(ish) in design so I won't get bored with them in two years and they'll go with whatever other design changes might happen in the living room. I will never get bored with gray and turquoise! Knock on wood....
Both pillows were created using half-square triangles with the same two fabrics. I used this awesome tutorial to make multiple half-square triangles at once. It really cut down on the time and helped with the accuracy of the blocks. All the half-square triangles are the same size only arranged differently between the two pillows. The pillows are 20" square.
I went a little crazy with the fabric on the back. They don't really go together, but for the back, who cares? I love the craziness.
The first pillow I made was the ducks-in-a-row triangle pillow. I love how this turned out and did a pretty fantastic job with the quilting.
I pieced a whale onto the back to go with the wave quilt that is currently on the couch.
Also because I love the happy whales.
The second pillow I made was the off-center, bull's-eye one. It is less than perfection. I accidentally used a different batting for the second pillow than the first. The second batting was flimsier and not very sturdy. I didn't realize my mistake until the pillow was mostly done. I also had major issues with shifting fabric while I was quilting. You can definitely see the puckers. It is cringe-worthy, but I was impatient so I just went with it. From a distance it is not that bad. Also for pillows that get thrown around, drooled on, and jumped on, I supposed it doesn't matter much.
The back of the bull's-eye has more whales. Love them!
Three pillows down, one to go!