Friday FOs or No

During my time in the Guild, I have often felt compelled to impart knowledge to the members through workshops and videos. I decided recently to share my method of making zipper pillow backs with a workshop. And since I needed a sample for the class I sat right down and made one up.

I went with a simple Buffalo Check block to use for the pattern. The nice thing about the BC is the ability to make it easily with strip sets.

I cut 2 sub units from the darker set and 3 from the lighter set. Then arranged them for a checkerboard look, sewed the rows together and ready for borders. Easy Peasy!

I tried to get a good contrast between my greens, a lighter medium would have provided more contrast, but I really liked these shades together, so went with them. As always, a mono shot of the fabrics provides a good example of the contrast.

I had a plaid that tied them all together that I wanted to use on the borders, but it just didn’t work for me, so I used the two darker shades in a skinny and fat combo to finish out the front of the pillow.

I layered the front and back with batting and used straight lines to create grids. I was just going for simple and easy. You might also notice that the pillow isn’t “square”, that’s because I taper my corners.

My binding was cut on the bias so it would easily cover the edge and to create a neat color effect.

With the concealed zipper method, it doesn’t matter what color of zipper you use, no one will ever see it!

I think it turned out perfect! And if you would like to make a Cross Path Pillow with a concealed zipper, just let me know. I have written a free pattern and have a video tutorial of the steps. But warning, I haven’t proofed the pattern, so there might be errors here and there. “Buyer” beware! LOL

Now, go check out the links for Friday parties! You just might find something you need to make right now.

17 thoughts on “Friday FOs or No

  1. Hi Chris! I just love every single thing about this pillow. I’m wild about Buffalo plaid/check and the backing fabric is really just the perfect compliment. With the tapered corners it makes the finished product look quite professional, especially with the concealed zipper. Just a fabulous job all around. Happy Friday, my friend. {{Hugs}} a bunch! ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Very pretty pillow! Our guild also has some wonderful talent, and it’s terrific when they can share those talents with the rest of us.

    1. That’s what a guild should do! We are starting a Quilting 101 for the newbies who have been joining recently. And we always help others when we have sewing bees. Guilds are wonderful at sharing their talents in so many ways.

  3. I really like that pillow, Chris, and what a great demo for your guild friends! Do you taper the corners so that the pillow corners don’t look too pointy after finishing, if you know what I mean? I probably need to learn how you do that. I love making pillows, too!

  4. I love the tapered edges….really makes the pillow work and the covered zipper. I am often doing the fold over edges, but never really like them. Need to make my next ones with zips like you!

  5. That is a great looking pillow! The tapered corners give such a professional look. I have a set of pillows I need to make, so will have to look into tapering the corners and hiding the zips.

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