Supportive Pillow Pair
Inspired by: Sapphire from designer Anita Grossman Solomon
Quilt tester: Diane Tomlinson
Finished pillows: 27" square
Finished block: 9" square
Materials for Two Pillows
Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.
- 1-1/4 yards total assorted batiks (blocks)
- 5/8 yard each aqua batik and mint green batik (blocks)
- 1-5/8 yards backing fabric
- 2—32"-square muslin pieces
- 2—32"-square batting pieces
- Acrylic ruler marked with 45° angle
- 2—28"-square pillow forms
Cut pieces in the following order.
From assorted batiks, cut:
- 6—11" squares
- 2—9-1/2" squares
From each aqua batik and mint green batik, cut:
- 4—9-1/2" squares
- 12—4-1/2" squares
From backing fabric, cut:
- 4—16-1/4×27-1/2" rectangles
Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric.
1. Use a pencil to mark diagonal lines in an X on wrong side of each assorted batik 11" square (Diagram 1).
2. Place a marked batik square on work surface with unmarked side up. Referring to Diagram 2, align an aqua batik 4-1/2" square right side down with each corner of marked batik square. Pin aqua batik squares in place, positioning pins away from marked diagonal lines on wrong side of 11" batik square.
3. Flip Step 2 unit over to expose marked diagonal lines. Referring to Diagram 3, sew 1/4" on each side of marked diagonal lines, stitching continuously across single-layer center. Remove pins.
4. Referring to Diagram 4, cut on marked diagonal lines. Referring to Diagram 5, press attached triangles open to make four aqua subunits.
5. Repeat steps 2–4 to make 12 aqua subunits total.
6. Repeat steps 2–4 with remaining 11" batik squares and mint green batik 4-1/2" squares to make 12 mint green subunits.
7. Referring to Diagram 6, use an acrylic ruler with a 45º angle to trim an aqua subunit into a 3-1/2×9-1/2" aqua rectangle unit. When trimming the subunit to 9-1/2" wide, adjust the ruler so the bottom corner triangle tips form 45º angles. Trim edges in this order: sides, bottom, top. Repeat with remaining aqua subunits to make 12 aqua rectangle units total. Repeat with mint green subunits to make 12 mint green rectangle units.
8. Referring to Diagram 7, sew together three aqua rectangle units to make an aqua block. The block should be 9-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four aqua blocks total.
9. Referring to Diagram 8, repeat Step 8 with mint green rectangle units to make four mint green blocks.
Assemble Pillow Tops
1. Referring to Aqua Pillow Top Assembly Diagram for block orientation, lay out aqua batik 9-1/2" squares, aqua blocks, and one assorted batik 9-1/2" square in three rows. Sew together pieces in rows. Press seams away from aqua blocks. Join rows; press seams in one direction to make aqua pillow top. The pillow top should be 27-1/2" square including seam allowance
2. Referring to Mint Green Pillow Top Assembly Diagram for block orientation, repeat Step 1 with mint green batik 9-1/2" squares, mint green blocks, and remaining assorted batik 9-1/2" square to make mint green pillow top.
1. Layer each pillow top with batting and muslin squares; baste. Quilt as desired.
2. Trim batting and muslin even with pillow top edges.
3. Turn one long edge of 16-1/4×27-1/2" backing rectangles under 1/4"; press. Turn under 1⁄4" again. Stitch folded edges to make hemmed back pieces. Each hemmed back piece should measure 15-3/4×27-1/2" including seam allowances.
4. Referring to Pillow Back Assembly Diagram, overlap hemmed edges of two pillow back pieces by 4" to make a 27-1/2" square. Stitch across overlaps to make pillow back. Repeat to make a second pillow back.
5. Layer a pillow top and a pillow back with right sides together; pin. Use a pencil to trace a curved object like a cup or a bowl in each corner. Cut on the drawn lines to round pillow corners.
6. Stitch 1/4" from outer edges to make a pillow cover. Turn right side out through opening in pillow back; press.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make a second pillow cover.
8. Insert a pillow form in each pillow cover to complete two pillows.