Friday morning I was looking for my graph paper for another project (not Sew Solid Sunday) and I stumbled across this sketch I did several months ago. It yelled at me - "I am perfect for a summer Sew Solid Sunday!" So I listened :)
I mean how can you go wrong with the classic cool of blue and white in the summer time? In another bit of serendipity, I also happened to have some scraps left from a Kona True Blue color story bundle. I used seven darks from that bundle and added a bit of Navy from my stash. And I always have plenty of Kona White on hand. Bonus - a total scrap/stash project!
Here is what I did for this 16" Smooth Sailing pillow:
Cut one 3" square from 8 different dark blues
From the white (you will need 11 usable inches x WOF), cut:
1 3" strip, 2 2½" strips and 2 1½" strips (all WOF)
subcut these to:
8 3" white squares
12 2½" white squares
3 2½" x 14½" strips
2 1½" x 14½" strips
2 1½" x 16½" strips
Match a 3" blue square with a 3" white square and make a half square triangle (HST) block. Repeat with the remaining 3" squares to finish with 16 HST blocks. Trim to 2½" square.
Sew the 2½" x 14½" white strips between the rows. Then sew the 1½" x 14½" strips to the sides of the pillow and the 1½" x 16½" strips to the top and bottom.
Layer your pillow top with a backing and batting and quilt as desired.
I quilted my pillow with straight lines and made a zippered back. You can find my tutorial on how to make a back with a covered zipper here.
I thought about binding the pillow in dark blue, but decided to let the blue "sailboats" keep all the attention instead of sharing it with the binding, so I just sewed the front and back right sides together and turned the pillow right side out.
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