Finished – Modern She Made (round 2)

I have participated in the flickr swap group Modern She Made before (see round 1 post here) and so enjoyed the whole process that I was really looking forward to round 2 beginning.  This is a mystery or blind swap because you don’t know who your partners will be – not for making for or receiving from!  Kinda fun.  We all fill out a questionnaire initially so you have some idea what your partner is hoping for – colours, size, bag, pillow, wallhanging, etc and many great discussions are started up where you can give more detailed info on what you would like and see more comments from your swap recipient.  The design element for round 2 was triangles – somehow, anyhow – design, shape, fabric, to be incorporated into your item.

My partner asked for greens and blues and maybe a pillow.  So…….what do you think – did I fulfill the brief???

I can’t stress enough how much I love this pillow and wanted to be greedy and keep it!!!  It is large, 20″ square, because I am not too foolish – I chickened out on making the half square triangles (HST) any smaller (they are 1 1/2″)!

For firmness, stability and extra oomph I think a pillow should be quilted – especially where there are sooo many seams and small pieces.  Wouldn’t want a gal to lose her shape!

and, if your household is anything like mine and seems to regularly make things dirty (groan, groan, groan!) the cover needs to be able to be taken off to be washed.

So, in went a zipper – I used a cheats way (thanks for the hint Emma!) where you completely sew the seam, lay the zipper in the correct place and then unsew (commonly referred to as ‘rip it out’!) that part of the seam.  Voila, zipper perfectly in place!! I liked this technique so much I will write a little tutorial on it soon.

This Michael Miller fabric Chic Chevron – Lagoon, that I purchased from Ballarat Patchwork, seemed to be tailor made for me and the back!  I couldn’t have designed it any better myself!

As a little extra, it is de rigeur to include little extras!, I made a matching credit card holder (will hold 10 credit sized cards)

So, there you have it – round 2 over.  Now I can eagerly await round 3!!

Check out many more wonderful creations that were made by others in this swap by clicking on this swap button.  Maybe you would like to participate in round 3?!?!?

 Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ….


Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ....



  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Karen! Your swap partner is a very lucky gal. Zips terrify me but now you mention it, I remember doing zips that way when sewing with my mum. Will have to give this method a go again; you will hear me cheering from your place if I do it and it works!

  2. Your pillow is beautiful! I love the colors you chose. The recipient of this swap is one lucky sewer! I’m pinning this for future sewing ideas (my modern quit guild may one day do a pillow swap–you never know…).

  3. It’s beautiful Karen! I love the colors and the pattern looks like lot of work and fun. I love to make pillows too :)

  4. Beautiful pillow! So perfectly pieced with such gorgeous fabrics!

  5. Great pillow! Do you find it hard to sew for other people? I am always second guessing whether they will like what I choose. That credit card wallet is a fabulous idea, too.

  6. Stunning pillow! Your partner is very lucky.

  7. Gorgeous pillow – love those little HST in the cool colours! And I will be looking out for your zipper tutorial as I must admit to being a bit challenged when it comes to using them:)

  8. Your pillow is beautiful – I love the colours and am in awe of your neat points.

  9. Gorgeous pillow, can’t wait to see your tutorial for the zipper.

  10. It’s beautiful, I love it! I can see why you wanted to keep it.

    I’m fascinated by your zipper technique. Can’t wait for the tutorial.

  11. Beautiful colors you’ve chosen for this pillow. I love it. Beautiful.

  12. Your pillow is gorgeous! I’m sure your partner will love it! Love the card holder too!

  13. Those colours are just beautiful!!! thanks for linking up! :)

  14. What a pretty pillow! And I love the credit card holder.

  15. Great pillow

  16. What a lovely cushion! It just draws the eye and there is so much to look at and the chevrons are fun on the back :) Clever zipper technique too, I would never have thought of that! :)


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