Sweetheart Pillow

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My MIL, Mary Kay, got me an adorable charm pack for Christmas.  It was the Flirtations pack by Sandy Gervais.

flirtations fabric


I’ve been trying to figure out how to use it for a while.  Mostly because it’s themed fabric, with lots of red and pink and hearts, and I’ve just never quite known how to deal with themed fabric.  I could have done another HST project, like the School Days or Yellow Spiral lap quilts, but it just didn’t seem right.

finished yellow spiral quilt

I finally figured out what I wanted to do.  I’ve been thinking about tackling the Cathedral Window style for a while, and these little beauties would be perfect for it.  So, I picked up some chocolate brown yardage to match and set about making something.

When looking for a tutorial on how to make Cathedral Windows, I came across a great tutorial for making pillow tops out of them on the Moda Bake Shop.  So that’s what I decided I would do.  I figured making a pillow couldn’t be too bad.  And I was right.  I was amazed how fast the project went together once I got started.

pillow case

The charm pack had exactly 9 dark brown fabrics and the pillow top I was making had 9 sections, so I decided to use them for the ovals.  It gave those areas just enough of a change to be interesting.  And then I picked out some of the other fabrics, trying to choose equally between red, pink and white to use for the diamond sections.

pillow case

Maybe I should make a cathedral window pillow cover for every season. What do you think?


  1. Sarah on January 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I just LOVE how this turned out! I’ve been wanting to try Cathedral windows and this might be just the project!

    Fantastic! The colors are great!!!

    • Andrea on January 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      This is definitely the project! It’s made to do with a charm pack, had very little waste and I still have a few pieces of fabric left. I only did one pillow instead of 2, like in the tutorial, so I only needed half of the background fabric it said. The pillow took about 3 hours for me to make, which isn’t bad to learn a new technique.

  2. Kim on January 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    What a generous MIL….mine never even took the time to learn that I love to quilt! I love the flirtations collection. Your pillow cover is gorgeous!

    • Andrea on January 31, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks Kim! My MIL also quilts, so I don’t think she minds supporting my habit. As a matter of fact, she’s always super helpful if I have questions. I call her a lot when my machine does something it shouldn’t.

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