And Now: The “Kiss” Pillow!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day or whenever someone you know could use a lift.
As in the “Hug” pillow, I used four reds and four creams for my pillow.  Maybe it is the unseasonably warm winter we’ve had so far, but I felt like a lighter, springier look than with the “Hug”.
The “Kiss” block finishes at 12″ and the pillow at 16″.  This is such a great scrap busting block, I’d love to see a whole quilt of them with lights and darks in place of the reds and creams.  Or what about a quilt combining the hugs and kisses!
If you make a pillow or a quilt, please add it to my Flickr group.  Have fun!
I’m linking up with Amanda Jean’s Finish it Up Friday.

Finished size:  16″ pillow
Block size:  12″
Fabric requirements:
8 2 1/2″ squares,
8 3″ squares,
2 strips 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″,
2 strips 2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″.

8 3″ squares,
12 2 1/2″ squares

Batting, lining, and backing:  16 1/2″ square
16″ zipper
Construction Steps:
This is an easy pillow to put together.  Just 16 half square triangle blocks, 20 squares and four “border” strips.  Let’s get started!
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the 3″ cream squares.
Place each square right sides together with a red 3″ square.
Sew 1/4″ away from the drawn line on each side of the line.  Chain piecing these makes this go very quickly.
Press.  Cut along the line.  I use scissors at this point since you are cutting the seam allowance and it does not need to be an exact 1/4″.
Press the block open.  I usually press toward the darker fabric.
Lining your ruler up along the seam, trim the blocks to 2 1/2″ square.
Layout the blocks according to the picture and sew the blocks into rows, alternating the pressing direction of your seams.
Sew the rows together.  The “X” block should measure 12 1/2″.
Sew the cream 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the block.
Sew the cream 2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ strips to the sides of the block to complete the pillow top.
Layer the pillow top with the batting and lining and quilt as desired.  My pillow is quilted with a red “X” through the middle of the “X”.  I quilted double triangles in the spaces around the “X” and one line of quilting in a square around the border.
Using a 1/2″ seam, insert the zipper in the bottom of the pillow using your favorite method.  Lining up the raw edges of the backing and pillow front, sew the remaining three sides using a 1/2″ seam.
Turn the pillow cover right side out, insert the pillow form and enjoy giving someone a “kiss”!

  • amandajean
    Posted at 21:30h, 02 March Reply

    i really love this! i would love to try it scrappy. thanks for the tutorial!

  • Amorette
    Posted at 04:43h, 14 February Reply

    very cute! i love the mix of whites and ivory for the background, it gives nice depth.

  • Quilt Inspiration
    Posted at 12:47h, 12 February Reply

    Oh, very cute. I like the prints you used ! The flowers that are shaped like X's mimic the theme of the pillow. Your Hugs and Kisses will look great together in a quilt, which would go together quickly. Thanks for the tutorials!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 22:27h, 10 February Reply

    That is a cute pillow! And an easy to follow tutorial. Love those HSTs! They are so versatile.

  • sallgood
    Posted at 18:10h, 10 February Reply

    LoVe both your pillows!

  • mtnquiltr
    Posted at 18:05h, 10 February Reply

    Such a cute pillow! Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Marianne
    Posted at 15:18h, 10 February Reply

    Really fine – Love it!

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