Thursday, February 24, 2011

Central Park Pillow #1

Remember those tiny pinwheels?  They became this new pillow for my couch.


There are 256 half-square triangles in this pillow.  Each square is 1.25" finished.  The pillow is 20" x 20".

I'm honestly not sure I'd make this guy if I had it to do over again.  It was a lot of work, and I have a serious dislike of HSTs at this moment.  I was cursing all those fat seams where all the points meet up.  I almost scrapped it a couple times, but I kept going because I've wanted to make a pillow from tiny HSTs for a while-- actually, since I first saw this pillow.

I quilted it quite heavily with my typical loopy design to make sure no seams popped open. 


I made a basic envelope back with one of my favorite prints from Central Park.

I have plans for a couple more, much simpler, pillows from my remaining charm squares.  Despite all the work, I'm really, really happy it is now sitting on my couch.

I'm linking up to the February Blogger's Pillow Party on Stitched in Color.  

Blogger's Pillow Party

24 comments:

  1. Ooooh, I love this pillow :) I definitely heart Central Park, love the color combinations, and I especially love it in HSTs! Wow! This pillow is a stunner!

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  2. Woah! I am super impressed. I don't know if I would have the patience for that! Beautiful!

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  3. OH.
    MY.
    GOSH!
    I am in love with this pillow! I'd start cutting up my Central Park to make one right now, but it looks like a ton of work. And I'm with you on the HST seams! Rachel (P.S. I Quilt) had a tutorial for making them less bulky during her pinwheel quilt-along, but it never seemed to work for me.

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  4. That is a ton of HSTs! Wow - great work on a huge endeavor!

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  5. HSTs and I have a love-hate relationship. Hate the bulky seams and the trimming. Love the look.

    Your pillow is awesome! I absolutely love it.

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  6. Love it, but yes...I could definitely see how you'd say you might not ever make another!

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  7. All of that hard work paid off. It is a cute pillow!

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  8. Can you bring it to the next meeting so I can drool on it appropriately?

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  9. :)
    so cute!

    Love the zig-zags mixed with the pinwheels... (though I did think you were crazy before when you were making these!). ;)

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  10. ooooohh, SO PRETTY! You are CRAZY girl! I tried doing a mug rug with 1" hst blocks and gave up. It was so time consuming, it was ridiculous!This is really cute! You did a great job!

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  11. It is beautiful and I am amazed at how well all your points come together. Job well done!

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  12. OH my goodness! Those are some small, very beautiful pieces.

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  13. Love love love! I think you should win the pillow party with this one!

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  14. The result is worth all the work...

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  15. wow, that looks amazing! LOVE those tiny tiny little HSTs, just perfect!

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  16. My goodness, what a LOT OF WORK! You get at least 3 gold stars for pushing through and getting it done in time for the pillow party!

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  17. What a great idea!! I'm still new to the whole quilting thing, and I know that will help! I finally finished a Wonky Block quilt using your 'whack a stack' method for my niece who is having a baby girl next month. I. Love. It! I have boys myself, so making something for a girl was soooo fun! I tried to send you an e-mail with the pic just for funsies, but the link didn't work. I just want to say thanks for the great tutorials and inspiration! I love that I found your blog! :D- Your fan from afar :P

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  18. I've seen this method of making 4 triangles instead of the normal 2 before and thought it was great on my last project.
    Yours are so tiny, and turned out perfect for your pillow.
    ~Edith

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  19. wow! I can't believe you were inspired by my pillow! Yours is TOTALLY fabulous! It is just gorgeous!

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  20. I LOVE this pillow. I'm so glad you persevered and made it! Was it one of the final 9? If not, I think it should have been. It's just beautiful.

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