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    Quilting help !

    Hi I need your help. A coworker of mine recently lost her husband and she has asked me to make her a couple of pillows of his shirts.
    I have been putting it of due to all what has happend with my brother. But now that he is stable I think I can do a good job with my coworkers pillows.

    The problem is the colors of the shirts and the size of pillows she wants.

    Size is 23,5" by 11,5" finished pillows. What pattern or design will fit that ?

    For the color ( I insert a picture )of the shirts she gave me. My problem is that I do not think there is enough contrast. I miss a pop color.

    And now I do not know how to start or what to do.

    Any tips and hints ?

    I now that a square pillow is called square pillow. Is the correct search word for her measurement oblong pillows ??
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    Last edited by Swedish leo; June 7, 2020, 05:20 AM.
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    God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    The stash to make a quilt to help me cope,
    A quilt to give to comfort those I love in times of hurt, fear and uncertainty.
    And the courage to keep on sewing when life itself seems held together by a single thread of hope.

    #2
    Donna Jordan has a pillow pattern https://jordanfabrics.com/pages/temp...-pillow-covers

    Somewhere in her tutorials she's done place mats with quilt squares in the middle and built out the sides to make them oblong. With the lights and darks- it seems like your fabric choices would lend themselves to log cabin blocks or court house steps blocks.
    Katrina
    โ€œNothing can dim the light which shines from within.โ€ Maya Angelou

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      #3
      That's a nice color pallet. First thing I would do is de-bone the shirt to find out how much fabric you have to work with.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...ature=emb_logo
      After that you can start planning a design.
      ๐ŸŒบ Lorie

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        #4
        Found this.....
        https://www.allpeoplequilt.com/bags-...illow-patterns

        Maybe 2 - 10โ€ quilt blocks side by side with borders to make the size you want.....OR 6 - 5โ€ blocks 3 blocks by 2 blocks with borders to finish out. Kinda what ever works for you. Something simple is just blocks or one of M* that you like, cut to size. Hope you find what works for you. Your fabrics have enough contrast......I know what you mean about pop color. Your friend wants you to use only the shirts? Adding nothing?



        Also thought of half square triangles......you can make dozens of patterns from them. Some examples...
        Last edited by Star lover; Yesterday, 05:50 AM.
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          #5
          Does she already have the forms for that sized pillows? If not,you may want to check the sizes of available forms to find a size for the pillows. Of course, you can always make a separate insert for the pillow.

          More inspiration here.

          https://sew4home.com/category/pillows-cushions/

          https://www.etsy.com/search?q=keepsake%20pillow

          This one would use up different size pieces of the fabrics from the shirt so might be a consideration.

          https://sew4home.com/strawberry-fiel...attice-pillow/
          Last edited by Rhonda K; June 7, 2020, 07:04 AM.

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            #6
            Are you sure she wants them all cut up? Some pillows are made so it looks like a buttoned up shirt. Just checking so you don't have a miscommunication. Like these https://www.google.com/search?q=memo...PhHy4WXUrwBGM:

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              #7
              Add black to the mix may emphasize those colors more.
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                #8

                I now that a square pillow is called square pillow. Is the correct search word for her measurement oblong pillows ??

                Oblong or rectangle
                ๐ŸŒบ Lorie

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                  #9
                  Lot's of great ideas
                  https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...ns&FORM=HDRSC2
                  ๐ŸŒบ Lorie

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                    #10
                    I like the ones made to look just like a shirt. not much cutting up that way. but you can just cut fabrics, rectangles or squares or both and put those together. they will look great. shirts are great. go for it!

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                      #11
                      Search "Lumbar pillow patchwork". A standard size is 12 x 24 inches. 6 inch block design would be easy and plentiful. There's a lot out there. I love that size.
                      Diana Grey

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                        #12
                        I woke up thinking about pillows for some reason. lol I was thinking of a pattern that would work for any size or shape you make. That would be the herringbone or a braid. You could sneak those other colors in if you really wanted

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                        ๐ŸŒบ Lorie

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                          #13
                          Hi. Thanks for all your suggestions.. I made to Rectangular pillows to my co workers specifications. I still have plenty of shirt left so I think I will take some artistic license and make some square pillows to. And also I found an old pattern in one of my old books for a patchwork dog. Here are pictures of the finished pillows. Sorry for the bad lights. it is rather late here in Sweden right now.
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                          God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
                          The stash to make a quilt to help me cope,
                          A quilt to give to comfort those I love in times of hurt, fear and uncertainty.
                          And the courage to keep on sewing when life itself seems held together by a single thread of hope.

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