Jawbreaker Pillow - Done
This pillow was a lot of fun to make! It's made using a 60-degree triangle ruler and I gotta say that I absolutely loved working with it. It was the first time I've used it but it definitely won't be the last! I can't wait to make a quilt with this thingy.
The pattern is from Jaybird Quilts.The illustrations were great and because it's a fairly straightforward method, the entire pattern is contained to one front and back page, which I really appreciate.
I have to say, though, there are a few minor hiccups in the pattern instructions. The finished size is for a 20" pillow form, but if the directions are followed exactly, the quilted pillow top is too big for the form and the envelope backing. Even though I trimmed the top down almost and inch all over to bring it to 20", I still feel the casing should be between 19-19.5 inches to make the pillow form fit snuggly inside the casing and produce a slightly "plumper" looking pillow. But honestly, it's really a personal preference how the finished pillow should look and feel.
Overall, I'm pleased with the pattern and when I make it again, I'll be sure to adjust the issues that I think would make it more pleasing to me. And that's the beauty of patterns - you can adjust and re-work something to fit your needs and your style. Using patterns may not be appealing to everyone, but I can truly say that I probably wouldn't have learned to use a 60-degree ruler and learned this block had I not picked this pattern. We broaden our skill set when we venture into uncharted territory. Don't be afraid of failure - how boring would the world be if we all knew how to do everything the first time?!