This installment of the Design Collective series is stuffed full of pillows! Make a distinctive statement with eye-catching modern designs - choose from 25 different 18" to 20" square pillow projects to decorate your home. Pull out your favorite fabrics and have fun stitching up something new to adorn your bed or favorite chair.
• Popular blogger and modern sewist Heather Bostic brings you a sensational selection of pillow projects
• 20+ designers with fresh, modern style offer something for everyone at any skill level
• Try different techniques like paper-piecing, quilting, embroidery, and appliqué
Review Library Journal - February 15, 2013
Modern quilting goes small in these pillow projects with a contemporary feel. Bostic, a popular quilting and sewing blogger, compiled the collection, which features luminaries from the online sewing scene. A variety of techniques are included, and the projects range from simple paneled designs that let favorite fabrics shine to intricate pieced creations. Many of the projects take a traditional quilt block, such as a drunkard's path or cathedral windows, and use bold fabric or contemporary settings to make them look fresh and new. VERDICT: Quilters who appreciate the aesthetic of modern quilting will enjoy Bostic's collection.
Review sewsweetness.com - March 28, 2013
Today, I'm reviewing 'Pillow Pop' by Heather Bostic. Let me start this post off by saying that before I even got this book into my sweaty-with-anticipation hands, I already knew which pillow I would be making from it. I've had this pillow on my bucket list for, oh, two years (I could be wrong because my concept of time is really wacked out). I'm talking about Ryan Walsh's contribution to the book.
This pillow is made with applique circles, which are overlapped and trimmed. I had a really hard time choosing fabrics for my pillow. Of course my first instinct was to buy something new (because isn't that what the point of a new project is? Why would we use something we already own in our stash?? haha), but I reminded myself that I've been recently complaining that I have all these quilt cuts stashed when I mostly make bags (which obviously take bigger cuts). So I pulled out some Good Folks. I had a charm pack that I cut for myself last year (for what reason, I don't even know), so I used my Accuquilt Go! Baby circle die to cut the circles out. I used the two smallest (adjacent) circles on the die, so the charms worked nicely since I could get one circle of each size from each piece of fabric. I pre-trimmed the circles in what I felt was a good overlapping circle. I used a text fabric for my background.
The pattern in the book calls for the circles to be topstitched on, which would give a great raw edge effect. I just have a personal preference regarding raw edges (or maybe it's because I have children who throw the pillows around and use them to practice boxing training), so I assembled my circles using a blanket stitch using my trusty Aurifil 40wt thread. I admit this takes a lot longer, but I was pleased with how it turned out. All-in-all, the pillow took me 4 hours to make. I made it for my husband, and he picked out another Anna Maria Horner fabric for the backing of the pillow, this one from her 'Field Study' line.
I love this pattern because there is so much room for error. I wasn't terribly worried about my fabric placement, I just added the circles one at a time (oh, and also the fact that I was using a glue stick to temporarily adhere each circle before I appliqued it - my own idea, because I'm lazy). The overlapping trims also don't need to be perfect either. Because this is such a busy design, your eye will travel all over the pillow and catch all of the beautiful fabrics.
Now that I've excitedly shown you my completed project, I would like to talk some more about this lovely book! There are 25 projects inside, all from different designers, who you may already know from reading their blogs. Each project comes with concise instructions, and in the back of the book are also directions for assembling your pillow after the top of it has been pieced; there are several different techniques (envelope, zipper, etc.). Some of the projects also require templates (such as the pillow that I worked on), and those are in the back of the book, no enlargement necessary, which is always a plus.
There are several pillows that would be able to be sewn by a complete quilting newbie (pieced rectangles, etc.), and there are others that require a bit more skill, but I think the book showcases a nice range of projects using many different sewing and quilting techniques.
Some of the pillows are based off of traditional quilting (such as the Dresden Plate and Cathedral Window), but there were also other designs that were contemporary. Another of my favorites from the book was Brioni's pillow, pictured above. I loved the outward-reaching design, and I think it was seriously perfect with the fussy cutting to accentuate the flower shapes, not to mention the wonderful quilting on this!
Another great pillow from the book is this one by Little Miss Shabby. The pillow is called 'Garden District', and it combines patchwork with a curved edge. I think the hand stitching on this version also makes it super-lovely.
All of the pillows feature modern fabrics, which I liked very much. I could see myself making any of these pillows really, and I think this is a wonderful book for ideas for making presents or Flickr swap gifts for other people. Pillow Pop would be a useful thing to have right before the holidays, especially when you need a last-minute gift to whip up in an evening. The great thing about making pillows as opposed to quilts is that they have a low level of commitment...chances are, if you start making a pillow, that you'll finish it (instead of having to add it to the UFO pile...guys, I know you know what I'm talking about).
Review McCall's Quilting - May/June 2013 Issue - March 28, 2013
Freshen up any room with a new, modern pillow. Pillow Pop is filled to the brim with 25 quick-to-make pillows from some of today's hottest designers. Practice a new technique or play with cool fabric; a pillow is a great place to expand your skill and have some fun.
Review Modern Quilts Unlimited - May 1, 2013
This book is part of the Design Collective series from Stash Books. You will find 25 pillows ranging from 18" to 25" square and patterned by over 20 different designers. Modern designs, fresh fabrics and easy, clear instructions will have you filling your house with pillows! Snowflake, Candy Coated Diamonds and X'S and O'S are but three of the excellent patterns to try. Techniques such as paper piecing, applique and embroidery, along with traditional quilting, make these pillows stand out.
Review Australian Homespun Magazine - May 1, 2013
Cushions are not only small projects that make excellent gifts or provide an opportunity to try out a new technique or group of colours without committing time and money to a larger project. Without all that much effort, they can also be a sensational design statement in your lounge, family room or bedroom. You'll find in this book instructions for making 25 different cushions ranging in size from 18 inch to 20 inch square. Choose your favourite and make it two or three times in complementary colours. Or perhaps you could treat these designs as a different kind of sampler project, working your way through the book to develop your skills in patchwork and applique skills. That will provide you with a range of cushion covers that you can swap around throughout the year. Each cushion is shown in one or two colour photographs, accompanied by a Materials list and detailed, step-by-step instructions illustrated by line drawings as required. General instructions for making different kinds of cushion backs are provided at the end of the book.
Review By: Semma S., - May 14, 2013
Nice Collection of Designs
Pillow Pop has some excellent variations for making modern design pillows. This is an excellent book and I enjoyed going through it thoroughly...now time to sew them.
Review Better Homes and Gardens: Quilts and More - June 25, 2013
Add some pizzazz to your space with 25 quick-to-finish pillow projects. With a spectrum of designs - from chevrons to hexagons and Flying Geese to Cathedral Window blocks - you're sure to find projects that will accent your decor beautifully.
Review Fabrications Quilting For You - April 1, 2013
This book gives you 25 quick-to-sew pillows (otherwise known in the U.K. as cushions) to brighten your space. Twenty plus designers have combined to offer modern and traditional cushion designs, which are suitable for everyone at any skill level. You get the opportunity to try different techniques like paper-piecing, quilting, embroidery and applique, all combined in one book. The Design Collective is a series of craft sewing books which showcase fresh, new projects from a select group of today's contemporary designers.
Review Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts Magazine - July 25, 2013
Choose from 25 pillow designs, designed by more than 20 designers/bloggers. Featuring techniques such as paper piecing, applique, and string piecing, the book also tells you how to finish the pillows with several backing options. Full size patterns complete this fresh, modern book, published by Stash Books.