My quilt group had a white elephant fat quarter fabric exchange at Christmas. I ended up with the last fat quarter which was a very wild fabric with holographic dots on it. It was 70’s flashback for sure. Sherry, who had brought the fabric, had been asking me each week if I had figured out what to do with it yet. I finally decided to use it to make a pillow following another Jaybird pattern called Glimmer.
The pattern has several different sizes ranging from a mug rug 10 inches square to a lap quilt 74 inches square. The 10 inch version would have worked for a small pillow, but I do no like tiny tiny piecing. I’m just not good at it. So I opted for the 20 inch pillow. I pulled some fabric from my stash and started making my strips. The very first time I tried to iron this fabric I should have turned back. It was a nightmare, and another set of learning experiences:
- Those dots are holographic and glued on. The dots stick to the iron. You can’t iron the front without an ironing cloth. And even on the back if you iron the seams open there will be dots on the 1/4” exposed so you still have to use an ironing cloth.
- 1/4″ seams are nearly impossible because the dots don’t fold if they happen to fall on a seam.
- And there are places where dots have fallen off and left glue behind. Those places will stick to your ironing cloth or your ironing board if they happen to touch.
It was a royal pain. I was determined to finish, but there was no way any tiny bit of this fabric was going back in my stash. It was all going on the pillow back. I arranged my block and then picked a background fabric. The green background toned it down, but I decided that it really shouldn’t be toned down and went with the pink. On the back I decided to keep with the 60° theme and just cut the remainder of the fabric into large pieces and inset some of the fabric used on the front. At first I used just the purple fabric but I thought it was a little overpowering (not sure how that was possible) so I inserted a little more green. More is better… right?
Then I decided to quilt with pink wiggly lines on the back and invisible thread echo quilting on the front. The echo quilting was easy (no stitch in the ditch because most of the seams were pressed open) and the wiggly lines were fun. It was the first time I used my walking foot for anything besides straight lines!
It is a wild pillow for sure. It will be donated to the annual church bazaar for the church where our quilting group meets.