2.21.2012

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?!

10 comments:

  1. Really nice... Can't wait to see the quilt size version!

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  2. Do you pre-wash? I don't and I find I need the pillow covers to be a bit loose so they will fit nicely after the first wash. Maybe that's the difference between you & the patternmaker?

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  3. Good point, MLB. I don't pre-wash. Perhaps it might shrink up enough to make it a little more snug to the pillow form. Will report my findings when this thing gets used and gunky enough to need a washing (with my homemade washing powder made with MLB's recipe, thankyouverymuch) You're so wise, my little southern biscuit.

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  4. I love that pillow! got a 60-degree ruler. need to try that. Isn't it fun to play?

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  5. Andie, I so agree with you about venturing out to try new things. There's so much to be learned along the way. And look, you've got a beautiful pillow to show for your efforts! Love the bright colors you chose.

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  6. Well said, and thank you for pointing out something in the pattern you were concerned with. I think many online pattern reviews don't touch on any negatives or even "hiccups" because they are afraid of offending the designer. I'd rather have the honest opinion. Your pillow is awesome, and I think your class should be well received!

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  7. It looks awesome! I really love the bright fabrics you put together for this.

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  8. It's a pretty pillow, Andie, and I appreciate your honesty about the pattern. I too prefer that a pillow form really stuff and plump up a pillow. For a 20-inch form, I usually make a pillow that's 19 inches. Good for you to have worked that out, and how to use a 60-degree ruler too.

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  9. What a fun pillow....are you making a quilt to match?!

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