Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy (early) birthday Jessica!

Happy 25th birthday to my (not so little) little sister!  It's not actually until the 4th, but I was really on top of things for once and got  it out earily.  I'm glad she was as anxious to open her gift as I was to have it opened... I couldn't wait to share it with you all!

It's a simple gray and orange zig-zag pillow cover.  Jess' current favorite color is orange, and her couch is a gray, so I thought this would go perfectly.  

The zigs and the zags and were made using half square triangles, and a plain gray border added to the outside.  It was made to cover an 18 x 18 inch pillow form.  To quilt it I just sewed a quarter inch on each side of the seams, following the zig-zag pattern.  

For the back I used my coveted Moira in Apricot, by Lotta Jansdotter.  And I mean coveted... I've been saving it for about a year and a half, waiting for just the right project.

This is the first time I have made a pillow cover with a zipper closure, I've typically done just an envelope style.  It was so simple  that I am not sure I will ever take another approach again.  I loosely followed this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew.

The zipper hides beautifully.  I didn't match up the prints on the back where the zipper perfectly hides, but come on... I'm not that OCD.

Also, right before I shipped the package out Jess mentioned that she had just run out of the homemade vanilla we had given her, so we sent out another bottle for her.
Jess, we hope you bake up a storm and enjoy your new pillow!
Happy birthday!

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