Friday, September 24, 2010

Amy Butler Pillow LOVE

Finished another new pillow this week for my upcoming October pillow class. The focus for this session is adding cording/piping to the pillow edge. Originally I was just going to add the cording to a non-quilted piece of fabric, and so I did that with this beautiful Amy Butler print from her "Love" line and some Happy Dots from Midwest Modern. But when I looked at it I thought: "wicked boring."

So I decided the solution would be to quilt the heck out of the top. I removed the cording and free-motion quilted around all the flowers and swirly shapes, re-attached the cording, and then I LOVED it :)

To make the cording I used an amazing new product called Nancy Zieman Wrap 'N Fuse Piping (it comes in different sizes - I used 3/16")... basically it is cording wrapped with fusible web, so all you have to do is wrap your bias strip around the cording, iron, and TA-DA! you are ready to go. I will never make cording with a zipper foot again!

I added a fun wide-striped backing and placed the zipper off-center between two of the stripes. I used an invisible zipper this time - primarily due to the fact that I bought the wrong kind and was in too much of a hurry to go back and get the right one. For traditional installations I'm going to stick with all purpose zippers and save the invisible ones for pillow edge seam insertion. But hey, it's functional and "Love"ly, and what more can you ask for?

Enjoy this first weekend of fall! I'm planning to indulge in some apple cider donuts :)

P.S. Hop on over to this site to show off your Amy Butler creation and enter to win some great prizes!


  1. Ooooo....I LOVE it too! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Thanks too for the piping info. I don't mind using the zipper foot, but this sounds so much faster and easier.

  2. I've only done cording once, and I'm afraid I didn't have a clue what I was doing. This looks so nice! Especially with the quilting. I'm sure it looked wow before too. :) Thanks for coming to the Amy Butler party!

  3. I have a few ratty old throw-pillows that could use new covers, and that fusible piping stuff sounds great: I've done plenty of piping the old way, and it's tedious.

  4. Oh Em Gee... ::jawdrop:: That is the most beautiful pillow! And the free motion...I know now that I have to try mine out one of these days, your work looks amazing! And I am buying that piping product right now. lol. Thanks!

  5. Fusible cord stuff?! Now maybe I can handle cording something. Thanks for that tip. And for showing your lovely pillow. :)

  6. Ok, that quilting is amazing, it looks so good with the Amy Butler print! And thanks for the cording tip.

  7. thank you, thank you for the cord tip! Love the combinations that you used on this pillow!


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