I had fun sewing this pillow up using Pat Sloan’s new collection for Moda, The Sweet Life.  When I first saw her collection, I gravitated to the text prints and the plus prints so I used both here!  I am a die hard paper piecer and fussy cutter.  So I decided to use my “From Santa” paper pieced block pattern but adapted it for an everyday gift giving occasion. You can purchase the pattern here to get started. The block is offered in two sizes, 10″ square or 12″ square. I used the 10″ square.


The pillow uses a Fat Quarter each of the fabrics shown.  To begin, piece the block and remove the paper foundation.


Next, add borders to the top and bottom that measure 10 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  Then, add borders measuring 3 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ to the sides. Fuse the finished 16 1/2″ square pillow top to an equal sized square of HeatnBond Fleece Fusible. Quilt as desired. I simply quilted straight lines spaced 1/4″ apart in the borders and left the paper pieced block unquilted.


Also cut a piece of the multicolored text print to 16 1/2″ square for the back of the pillow. Install an invisible zip at the bottom, stitch around the edges and turn!  The result is a 16″ finished pillow cover ready to gift for any occasion.


Join us all this week and next as we share project using Pat Sloan’s amazing new The Sweet Life Fabric collection from Moda Fabrics!




And we’re giving YOU a chance to win an assortment of her beautiful fabrics along with some of Pat’s favorite HeatnBond products! And that’s not all…we also have a copy of Pat’s Brand New Book – Teach Me to Applique to giveaway away too! So this is a contest you definitely do NOT want to miss out on. Simply follow the Rafflecopter to enter to win! 


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39 Comments on A Pillow to Gift

  1. Janie
    April 6, 2015 at 10:14 am (9 years ago)

    I would make a spring time quillow. The fabric is lovely thank you for the chance.

  2. Linda Cartwright
    April 6, 2015 at 2:02 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the colors, I think it would make a great tote bag for the beach!

  3. Pam S
    April 6, 2015 at 6:28 pm (9 years ago)

    I’d make a light summer lap qult! Thanks for the fun!

  4. Janet T
    April 7, 2015 at 3:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Maybe a picnic quilt? The fabric reminds me of summer.

  5. Pamela Davis
    April 8, 2015 at 7:04 am (9 years ago)

    Gorgeous fabrics for a wonderful spring quilt!

  6. Donna Harry
    April 8, 2015 at 7:25 am (9 years ago)

    I would love to make the Farmers Market quilt!

  7. Renata
    April 8, 2015 at 8:41 am (9 years ago)

    This would be wonderful to win.

  8. Linda Zumwalt
    April 8, 2015 at 9:22 am (9 years ago)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! Love Pat Sloans’s fabric line and her new book is fabulous!

  9. Mippy/Sabrina
    April 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm (9 years ago)

    I would love to make a fun spring pillow to give to my mother for Mother’s Day or if it should come out wonky because I haven’t made a pillow before; I would use it on my own bed to cheer up my room! 🙂

  10. Janet Lassman
    April 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm (9 years ago)

    This is a lot of work to enter a contest I probably won’t win. I will try your product because I like to do appliqué

  11. Marianne
    April 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm (9 years ago)

    I’d like to make a pillow for my daughter’s new apt, and I’d also like to use her fabric in a postage stamp quilt I will be starting soon

  12. Debbie W.
    April 8, 2015 at 5:13 pm (9 years ago)

    I would love to make a bunch of appliqued flowers to hang in my sewing room.

  13. Sally H
    April 8, 2015 at 5:19 pm (9 years ago)

    A table topper. What great way to show off this beautiful fabric.

  14. Nancy B
    April 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm (9 years ago)

    What a wonderful giveaway! It would make my day to be chosen a winner. The fabrics are beautiful and I would love to own Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué.

  15. Phyllis
    April 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm (9 years ago)

    I’d make the pillow for a co worker whose husband is in the hospital

  16. april l
    April 8, 2015 at 5:41 pm (9 years ago)

    I would love to make a beautiful wall hanging or something with Sunbonnet Sue!! So many new ideas if I could win!!

  17. vera schmidt
    April 8, 2015 at 6:46 pm (9 years ago)

    what a wonderful book. would love to have it on my shelf to refer to

  18. Tracine
    April 8, 2015 at 7:19 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m excited to learn a new application techniques. The pillow pattern is very cute.

  19. Tracine
    April 8, 2015 at 7:22 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the colors. I think a small quilt would be in order.
    tracinecharest at Gmail dot com

  20. Amy Elliott
    April 8, 2015 at 9:47 pm (9 years ago)

    Such a cute pattern! I love it and would love this book! I’m totally new to applique!

  21. Erin McMann
    April 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm (9 years ago)

    Love new fabric! Would love to win the book

  22. Béatrice
    April 8, 2015 at 10:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Love both book and fabric, so many ideas !

  23. Sherry Fram
    April 9, 2015 at 12:36 am (9 years ago)

    I would make a quilt or tote.

  24. Lena G
    April 9, 2015 at 6:25 am (9 years ago)

    Great Giveaway! Fabulous Fabrics! Would love to redo my entire bedroom with these!!

  25. maureen
    April 9, 2015 at 6:52 am (9 years ago)

    What a great giveaway. The pillow is so cute and can be used for lots of different occasions

  26. Rogena Moyer
    April 9, 2015 at 9:08 am (9 years ago)


  27. Barb Johnson
    April 9, 2015 at 12:23 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m not sure what I’d make yet. I like making pillows, but I don’t have room for any more… Maybe a baby sized quilt for my new grandson!

  28. Beverly Reid
    April 9, 2015 at 5:53 pm (9 years ago)

    I’d make a beautiful picnic quilt.

  29. Pamela
    April 10, 2015 at 2:11 am (9 years ago)

    I would make an applique summer throw.

  30. melissa Latter
    April 10, 2015 at 7:01 am (9 years ago)

    I love making quilts!! So that is what I would make : )

  31. Rhonda Dunn
    April 10, 2015 at 10:45 am (9 years ago)

    Looking to make a couple of cute pillows!

  32. Joyce Carter
    April 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm (9 years ago)

    I would use it to make a sweet Summer quilt.

  33. Cherri Kincaid
    April 11, 2015 at 6:14 am (9 years ago)

    I actually love the little flower wall hanging on the front of the book. Once I see the book itself, I am sure I will find lots of great things to applique!

  34. Barb Pelz
    April 12, 2015 at 8:15 am (9 years ago)

    I would make some pillowcases for my guest room; these colors would be perfect! 🙂

  35. Barbara White
    April 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm (9 years ago)

    Love these fabrics! Would love to make something with this collection.

  36. Michele-Marie
    April 12, 2015 at 7:44 pm (9 years ago)

    I have already chosen a quilt pattern for my seventh (7th) Great Grand-daughter!

  37. Dorothy Schreyer
    April 13, 2015 at 8:48 pm (9 years ago)

    I visited everyone on Facebook, don’t Tweet or Instagram. . . Some cute patterns in the book though!

  38. Connie German
    April 15, 2015 at 8:59 pm (9 years ago)

    pretty, pretty to make a baby quilt.