We have a winner! This giveaway was sponsored by Our Epoch Fabric Shop. It included a Jelly Roll of Comma by Zen Chic, two Mini Charm Packs (Candies) of Posey by Aneela Hoey, and a 10 pack of Clover Wonder Clips. Thanks to Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts for organizing this blog hop. My original tutorial post for the heart pillow can be found here.
Random.org chose #100! That is Cecilia who said, "Cute Pillow! Thanks for the tutorial." Congrats Cecilia! I'll be passing your info along to Jennifer.
I received several questions about the pillow that I thought I'd just answer here in case others had the same questions:
- Did you prewash the linen? No, but I should have.
- Will the edges continue to fray? Yes, I think it just adds to the look. I added an extra row of stitching to give it more stability. You could even stitch a third row especially since the linen seems to fray even more than quilting cotton.
- Will the raw edges inside the pillow fray when washed? Yes, they probably will, but since the heart is interfaced and you have multiple rows of stitching, I don't think this will be problematic.
- How do you wash your pillow covers? I wash them on gentle or hand wash them in the sink then lay flat to dry.
- What pillow forms do you use? I always use the Ikea 20" feather pillow forms. They run about $8, have great shape, but are still soft enough to actually use as a pillow.
- Is this technique the same as the porthole technique? I think so, but I'm not really sure. I honestly just made this up as I went along. It's the method that made sense in my head for what I wanted to accomplish. I did what works for me.
- Was it hard to snip so close to the lines? A little. Use small scissors and go slowly.
- I've never sewn with linen before. Is it hard to work with? Yes and no. I love working with linen, but it does shift more. I recommended interfacing this project so it won't stretch out of shape. I use linen all the time in quilts. Just starch it, and you'll be fine. Linen does shrink more so it's best to prewash. Linen blends like Essex are easier to work with than 100% linen.
Finally, thanks to all of you who commented on my post yesterday about shipping my quilts to QuiltCon. You all had such great perspective and helped to change my thought process about it. Since I won't be heading to QuiltCon, snap a picture for me if you're there!