The second pillow project in the easy-peasy line-up is the Mirror Patch Pillow, and it was inspired by the Scrappy Tripalong quilts that were all abuzz in 2013. The assembly is like a bargello pattern, which holds a special place for me. [Side story: In 1996, we had a blizzard dump 4 feet of snow on the east coast. I had been away at a girls' weekend at the Jersey shore, and even though we left early, I didn't have enough time to drive back to my home in State College. I ended up staying with my parents until the roads were clear, and my mom and I sewed up a bargello quilt while we were trapped under winter's white blanket for 3 days! It was our first quilt project together, and I treasure that memory.]
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Pillow Project #2: Mirror Patch Pillow
My pillow is 16" square.
Cut 2 strips 2.5" w x 20" l from each of 4 fabrics that vary in value and hue.
- Using 1 of each fabric, arrange 4 strips in an order that makes you happy. I opted for darkest to lightest. Sew the strips lengthwise to make a panel. Repeat with remaining 4 fabrics (in the same order) to make a 2nd panel.
- Fold each panel in half, right sides together. Sew the open ends together, forming a tube.
- Cut each tube into eight 2.5" strips. You will have 16 total.
- Using a seamripper, open a seam on each one. Create 4 distinct strips by alternating which fabrics are on the newly opened ends. You will need 4 of each style, A thru D.
- Arrange your strips in a mirrored layout, so that what's on the top reflects what's on the bottom, and what's on the left side reflects what's on the right side. Sew strips into blocks and then sew all blocks to make your pillow top.
Complete your pillow with your preferred method of fill and closure. To avoid pillows with pointy 'ears' taper your stitching on the corners. On a pillow this size, I tapered a full inch from each side's center to its corner.
I'm sure this pillow would look extra-extra-darling if it were quilted - go for it!