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Monday, March 25, 2013

Pillow cover for huge down pillow

Years ago when my first child was born we were given a down feather bed for a baby. I have had this thing tucked away in an old trunk. I just gave away the trunk and had this huge, 30 x 30 inch down pillow with no place to belong. It is red. It is so soft and fluffy I figured I should make a pillow case for it. I dug through my fabric hoard and found this piece of remnant that I love. 

Of course there wasn't enough of it to cover both side of the pillow but situations like this spark my creativity. The next day I was responding to an email about a quilt show a friend was at and I mentioned I had bought a piece of red work on ebay thinking I could use it to finish an old red work quilt top I inherited that was made in 1886. The fabric wasn't a good match as it wasn't over 100 years old and the quilt top is so I put the small red work away thinking I would find something to do with it.

I thought the red work and the red berries in this fabric would be a nice match. I spread it out and once again there wasn't enough fabric to entirely cover one side of my giant pillow. I dug into my box of trim thinking I could patchwork pieces until I get it bigger. I found a light blue stack of fat quarters
and some red seam binding. I made some red piping and found a blue 20 inch zipper.

Here is the finished giant fluffy pillow! 

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