February 1 ~ Pillow of the Day

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Every day this month we’ll share a favorite pillow for inspiration!

Pillow Talk Swap Pillow by Cherie, SEW and So Quilts

This was Cherie’s first attempt at straight line quilting, made for a swap. We’d say it looks like a success! She’s collecting pieces now to do a whole quilt in the same design.

Enter our Pillow Contest! Create a pillow this month and enter to win some fabulous prizes.

You can also comment on any post this week for your chance to win one of these great prizes below, courtesy of Robert Kaufman Fabrics:

1 fat quarter pack of Betty Dear, 5 Kona Cotton color cards, 1 fat quarter pack of Night & Day in the Summer Colorstory, 10 sets of 5 Kona charm packs

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249 Responses to February 1 ~ Pillow of the Day

  1. Heather H says:

    Beautiful! I love the binding finish. This is inspiring me to try something new.

  2. corinne says:

    How timely! I just promised my mom some throw pillows for her spare room. They are to complement antique quilts from her great-grandmother. A little daunting, but I’ll give it a try! And I’m sure to find ideas in this series. Thanks!

  3. Ariane says:

    This is a gorgeous pillow!!!

  4. Love Love Love this pillow

  5. Brita says:

    The colors are lovely. Makes me think of Spring and want to make a pillow now.

  6. Vivian says:

    Really like this pillow, I can see why Cherie wants to translate it into a full quilt. This would also make a great scrap project!

  7. Beth T says:

    I love this pillow. The choice of fabrics and how they are placed seems very subtle to me–the kind of thing that seems simple, but takes a good eye. Both inspiring and a little intimidating; I doubt mine would look as good, but I’m adding it to my “to make” list.

  8. Brooke says:

    What a great pillow. Makes me want to go dig through my scraps.

  9. Jen C. says:

    awesome pillow!

  10. [...] pillow is strangely appealing, though I’d like to try it with a different color [...]

  11. Alright Cherie!!! Your pillow is fabulous!!!

  12. Jessica says:

    Love the colors and the quilting!

  13. Tiffany says:

    Oh! That’s a great pattern!

  14. Nancy says:

    Beautiful choice of colours and pattern.

  15. traceyjay says:

    You’re such a superstar Cherie! (the pillow is great). ;)

  16. Cassandra says:

    OMG! How is that done? I’m starting to believe many of you sewers out there have magical powers to create such things. How do I earn those powers?

  17. Aniza says:

    i love this pillow…been on my fav list on flickr

  18. Tiffany says:

    I just tried straight line quilting myself and I have to say “GREAT job!!!” It’s harder than it looks!

  19. Jacque says:

    Wow, what an awesome job on that pillow – love the fabrics!

  20. I really love this pattern. It flew out from the page as I was checking headlines.

  21. Melissa says:

    It’s so pretty! Once I got my head around it, thanks to a friend, I think it’s something I could actually make! :)

  22. Rebecca says:

    Love this pattern! Never thought about trying it out on a pillow first….

  23. Laura Reich says:

    It’s so fun!

  24. Katrina H says:

    LOVE this pillow!

  25. Esther L. says:

    I now have the inspiration for a some Spring throw pillows. Thanks so much!

  26. Rachelle says:

    I love that pillow, a quilt with the same pattern would be beautiful. I love all the colors.

  27. Brooke says:

    this is sooooooo adorable!

  28. Ellen says:

    Great colors – very cheerful.

  29. Maya says:

    This is a great pillow! The pattern is really interesting.

  30. Michele says:

    I’m in love with the colors! Such beautiful work.

  31. Judith says:

    Wow!! Beautiful Fabrics. I love the pillow and will have to find the pattern so I can make a few of my own. Thanks for the give away.

  32. Krystina says:

    Great pillow!

  33. Debbie says:

    I love the colors in this pillow1

  34. beverly says:

    That’s a beautiful pillow. Love it!

  35. Jessica says:

    This is so bright and cheerful…what a great pattern to showcase those fabrics!!

  36. Kay says:

    Lovely pillow. Perfect to use all those scraps although mine aren’t quite as gorgeous…

  37. Suzie says:

    Great design – this cushion would look fantastic in a colourway to suit my living room.

  38. Vanessa says:

    I love this pillow! This pillow month will be great inspiration!

  39. Sheetal says:

    the plus pillow is so cute..it would go perfectly with a plus quilt!

  40. Sharon says:

    I love this pillow. A plus quilt has been on my list for sometime. Maybe a plus pillow is a good starting place for me. Thanks for sharing!

  41. mims says:

    i’m getting my sofa recovered right now, so i’ll need to make all new pillows. i can’t wait for all the ideas this month.

  42. Shannon O. says:

    The pillow looks great and I love that pattern.

  43. Tanya says:

    This is very inspiring! Would love to do it in scandi blue white & beech colours! Heading over to check out her blog now too. Thanks!

  44. corinnea says:

    Very nicely done! Love her fabric choices!

  45. Sarah Z. says:

    Beautiful spectrum of colors with optical illusion of movement.

  46. Andi says:

    Pretty pillow! I especially like the border (or is it binding?) that frames the pillow.

  47. You guys are SOOO kind! My birthday is later this week, so this was one of the best birthday presents, ever! Thanks, SMS, for featuring one of my favorite creations :) And while I had to part with it because it was a swap, it makes me happy to know that it is loved and enjoyed in its home.

  48. Time to start up the machine and make some pillows!

  49. Olivia says:

    I love all the colors, it is a cute pillow.

  50. Kirsten N says:

    Lovely – beautiful fabric choices and design!

  51. This is such a pretty pillow

  52. Helena P says:

    I LOVE the fabrics Cherie has used, it looks very “fresh”. Pillow month is such a fabulous idea!!

  53. Wehaf says:

    What a gorgeous pillow!

  54. ratty says:

    yum! my favorite cross pattern in a pillow!

  55. Kate F. says:

    I don’t use much yellow myself, but when I see it in others’ projects, it always brightens my day. I should try to use it more often.

  56. Ginger says:

    I would say this pillow was a success too.

  57. Alli Forsyth says:

    I love pillow month. What a great idea…

  58. Joke says:

    Love all the different fabrics she used!

  59. Jenny S. says:

    This pillow is awesome. I love the bright colors.

  60. Marcia W. says:

    Love all of the plus/crosses in this design.

  61. alisha says:

    I love this design and the colors are great!

  62. monica says:

    I just started quilting and love this design. I think it will be my next project!

  63. Allyson says:

    Very cute pillow! I would love to make one in oranges, blacks and tans for Halloween. Anyone know where the pattern is from?

  64. brenda says:

    wish i could sew straight lines as well as she did, pretty color combos too!

  65. Amy/grrlTravels says:

    That pillow is very inspiring! The fabrics are lovely.

  66. pamela steiner says:

    I’ve never thought of a pillow as something to really focus on – design-wise….I will this month!

  67. Kristin Orth says:

    Great pillow!

  68. j-j says:

    Definitely a good job on the quilting,it looks great, well done

  69. Mary Claire says:

    What a lovely pillow!!

  70. Wendy D. P. says:

    Beautiful! I love the spring colors!

  71. Kris says:

    Lovely pillow – love that design.

  72. Aunt Spicy says:

    What a great use of color! Good job!

  73. Caitlin T. says:

    great color choices! i love the cross design, and have recently been thinking about incorporating it into my next quilt. thanks for sharing!

  74. Judy R says:

    very cute, love the colors!

  75. i absolutely LOVE this pillow! wish she had a tutorial for it. what great colors too! oh, i love it!

  76. Diane says:

    Very nice first attempt! Love the pattern and colors!

  77. Jennifer says:

    This may be the inspiration I need to finally start a quilt – in pillow size, of course! Beautiful colors.

  78. pretty pillow, love how the colors and patterns are festive and work together!

  79. Kristin says:

    Love the colors, so cheerful!

  80. Ramona says:

    I love all the crosses in this pillow and the colors are gorgeous.

  81. Jeni says:

    This is going to be great fun this month! Thanks for the giveaways! Looking forward to seeing the parade of pillows!

  82. Jill says:

    I’m starting on something today! Looking forward to all the inspirational pillows!

  83. OH! First pillow of pillow month! I’m so excited!

    xoxo
    Janee
    yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com

  84. Papgena says:

    Those little colorful squares are really pretty!

  85. Rachel says:

    Beautiful pillow. I love the design. Great fabrics too.

  86. Lisa Parnell says:

    Love that pillow! Wonderful use of color.

  87. Elizabethdx says:

    What a great idea, to test out a quilt pattern on a throw pillow. This looks beautiful, and I’d never guess it was anyone’s first attempt at straight line quilting.

  88. Cayce says:

    that is really pretty. love the patterns!

  89. Pillows are so much fun! Lovely pillow for the first day. I’ll go think about this pillow business for a little while and see if I come up with a good idea for one.

  90. Becky Butler says:

    I love this pillow! The design is so simple and yet i’ve never thought of it before! Thanks for the inspiration!

  91. Jenny says:

    such beautiful mix of colors!

  92. Ashlee says:

    I have been trying to get the time to revamp my pillows. All our furniture is in neutrals and we need a color punch every once in a while. This is a great motivation!

  93. Denise M. says:

    Sooooo pretty! Great inspiration for the rest of us.

  94. Debbie says:

    great looking pillow!

  95. Paula says:

    It’s a beautiful pillow and I would love to try this design.
    Thanks for the chance!

  96. Marci Girl says:

    The colors and pattern go great together! Great job, so pretty!

  97. Denean says:

    Beautiful pillow. Lovely start to Pillow Month!

  98. Rachel Locke says:

    Great pillow!! Was thinking of making a placemat in that design.
    Awesome job on the quilting.
    Thanks for the chance

  99. Paula Munter says:

    The colours are fantastic! I love splashes of colors! I would love the pattern. Do you know where to find it? Definitely a great inspiration and start to February!

  100. Maeve says:

    Pretty pillow! Love all the color! This design also makes a fabulous scrap quilt.

  101. Carole Ann says:

    So excited for pillow month! Let the ideas roll in!

  102. Robyn says:

    what a great pillow! looking forward to the whole month of pillows!

  103. katiekat says:

    I love love love this pillow! I think I need to make one of these!

  104. Deb Cameron says:

    I love this! Very inspiring, what a clever design and it is great for boys too!

  105. Molly says:

    I love this pillow, I’ve been drooling over it for months. Need to buckle down and just make one!

  106. Deb Cameron says:

    Beautiful, it inspires me to take up quilting and I have never felt that way before so I deem it excellent! :-)

  107. Stef says:

    Love this!

  108. Vicki says:

    Awesome pillow. I made a couple similar to it last year with a jelly roll of Christmas fabric. :) I love the colors in this one, and the fact that the fabrics aren’t all from one fabric line.

  109. Elisa E says:

    I love the pillow talk pillow by Cherie. I like the colour combination too. I might just have to give it a go.

  110. This is so fresh and fun!

  111. Kristy says:

    That’s my pillow…eeee!!! Cherie made it for me in the PTS, it’s ever more wonderful in person.

  112. Paulina says:

    This pillow is so vivid and colorful – it almost makes me forget it’s winter now :)

  113. linda says:

    Wow, super colorful design there!

  114. Suzy says:

    This is a great pillow design, very popular!

  115. Michell says:

    Love the colors!

  116. Lindsay L says:

    I’m quickly becoming addicted to pillows. this one is awesome! i might end up making A LOT of pillows in the next couple of months… :D

  117. lovely!

  118. Chrissy B says:

    Cute pillow. I think this would be perfect for my middle daughter.

  119. Lauree Myler says:

    i love this pillow. i want to make a cross quilt. they are so lovely.

  120. Mary says:

    All I can think is this pillow looks HAPPY. =) Prefect for a reading nook!

  121. Stace says:

    What beautiful colors, great job!

  122. Darla says:

    Lovely…I can tell it’s going to be challenging to choose a pillow or two!

  123. Laura says:

    Amazing! I love how colours interchange!

  124. Jen says:

    So excited for pillow month!

  125. Jenny G. says:

    That pillow is beautiful! I love the colors and fabric choices!

  126. Ellu says:

    Wow, this pillow is just amazing! I wonder whether it can be topped…

  127. Petra says:

    I want to make a pillow but so many quilts so little time! I am going to try to fit one in because they look so fun and inspiring. I love the color combos in this one.

  128. amisha says:

    love this one!

  129. Carolyn Wood says:

    I love the colors in the pillow!

  130. Christine M says:

    I love that cushion. It is so effective!

  131. Mandy K Court says:

    What a great Pillow! I have a feeling I’ll have an awful lot of pillows by the time this month is over.

  132. Aileen says:

    What a great pattern. Love the fabric choices!

  133. Jennifer says:

    I love the plus signs! I never would have thought of that for a pillow.

  134. Susan says:

    Love the colors and I like this pattern a lot. Putting this on my want to make list. Might have to do it soon…new couch is crying out for cute pillows.

  135. leigh7911 says:

    Looking at that pillow makes me happy.

  136. Louby Lou says:

    Can’t wait to see the rest of this month’s pillows, I’m looking forward to so much inspiration!

  137. Tanya says:

    Love this! Will definitely need to replicate that pattern on a pillow of my own.

  138. carrie says:

    What a beautiful pillow! I love the prints you chose.

  139. Betsy says:

    I love this! The colors are just right, and arranged perfectly-that’s the hard part!

  140. Morgan says:

    Ooh how bright and cheery for a snowy day! Lovely. :)

  141. Melissa says:

    What a stunning pillow! Any chance for a pattern or tutorial for a quilting newbie?

  142. Emily says:

    I love this pillow! I’m excited to see many more throughout this month!

  143. Lorraine says:

    Love this! The more colours, the better!
    Just love this!

    Lorraine

  144. Kerri Kowal says:

    I love how she made the reds/yellows merge down to the blues/greens. Very pretty.

  145. Laura says:

    love the colors in this pillow! never made a pillow before. may have to try one.

  146. Richelle says:

    That is an amazing job for a first try!

  147. kathyh says:

    February is such a short month. Is there time to enter this pillow contest?
    There is a definite prize allure.

  148. Ms. Fine says:

    I love this pattern. I have two pillow forms at home just waiting for the right design. This might be it.

    I’ve love a chance to win!

  149. Sharon T. says:

    Very pretty! Nice way to kick off the month. :)

  150. Wow! I’ve been wanting to make some pillows for my couch and now I have the perfect excuse! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  151. I am in a Bee with Cherie – love her work! Way to kick off the month!

  152. Katie says:

    Lovely pillow!

  153. Jessica says:

    What a great start to the month! That pillow’s great.

  154. Oh, my gosh, that’s lovely! It’s amazing how the combination of colors plus straight lines can make something so complicated-looking and eye-catching!

  155. Amber H says:

    I really like this pillow! I wish Cherie lots of luck in creating a quilt!

  156. I’d say she had a successful pillow! Love the colors. I’m really excited about pillow month. These are going to be gifts this year.

  157. alison says:

    Lovely – so colourful!

  158. Melany says:

    The pillow looks great and I love that green color of the binding!

  159. delia says:

    Very pretty! I love the plus design.

  160. Beth says:

    I’ve loved this pattern for a while. I never thought to put it on a pillow! Lovely colors, too.

  161. Katie says:

    I want to make that! How cute!

  162. Marilyn says:

    I love that pillow. What a cute pattern. Love the way the edge was finished on Cherie’s pillow.

  163. Rebmara says:

    Lovely pillow! I love the bright colors.

  164. DebbieKL says:

    What a fun pillow! Looks like a great way to use up scraps too.

  165. I’m super impressed. That’s some awesome talent!

  166. Rebecca says:

    Very Cute!

  167. Hannah says:

    Gorgeous pillow!

  168. Rachel says:

    How cute! I think I’ll start my quilting journey with a pillow too!

  169. Charlotte says:

    Beautiful pillow. Great inspiration

  170. Kate says:

    Wow! I love the colours! Amazing that this was her first attempt!

  171. Jen Higgins says:

    Oh, I love the Betty Dear! Thanks for the chance to win! I’ve never sewn a pillow before, but I have three that are just asking to be recovered. THis month would be a great month to get on ith

  172. Belinda says:

    Great pillow!

  173. Andrea C says:

    love the colors in the pillow!

  174. Emily says:

    I love the design!

  175. Sara says:

    Straight line quilting is so wonderful:)

  176. Karen says:

    looks great!

  177. Sara says:

    Really like the colors used. This may be obvious but I am not a quilter so please indulge me – what is straight line quilting?

  178. Meg says:

    Love this bright, cheery pillow!

  179. Lovely Colors!

  180. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been sewing for years, but I’m trying to break into quilting. I really like the pattern on the pillow there, do you (or anyone) know if there’s a tutorial available to let you know how much fabric is needed to make a quilt? I’ve tried googling it, but to no avail!

  181. SofiAlgarvia says:

    Great, it looks like a simple and easy pattern to start with. And it’s also very preety, so…. it’s already on my “I-must-find-the-time-to-sew-this-list”!

  182. Sherry J says:

    such a cool pillow. love the fabrics. thanks for sharing it

  183. patricia says:

    I will be attempting my first pillow this month. If it turns out half as well as this one, I will be pleased. Wow!

  184. Sarah says:

    I love that pillow!! I got some of the Zoo Menagerie fabric to make a pillow with!

  185. Jennifer says:

    Wow that’s beautiful! I want to make one!

  186. alison says:

    Pillow month – great idea! Looking forward to some very inspiring pillow!

  187. Love the colors!

  188. Jasmine says:

    I have never made a pillow before, so I’m very interested to see what this month sparks in me creatively…I love the color palette on this pillow–it would look lovely on my couch, hee.

  189. Cynthia says:

    I love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  190. Julia says:

    Love this pillow. Such great colours!

  191. Lorrie Orr says:

    What a great contest. Cherie’s pillow is so bright and cheery on this February morn.

  192. Cathy A says:

    It’s a beautiful pillow!!

  193. Lauren says:

    awesome pillow!!

  194. Michelle says:

    I love the colors and the way it all fits together like a puzzle. Very nice, I can totally see it in a full-sized quilt.

  195. Jessica says:

    So cute! My favorite part is the trim. The extra detail pulls it all together.

  196. Melissa says:

    I love the fabrics and patterns on this pillow!

  197. what gorgeous (and happy!!) colors! great job!!

  198. Rebecca says:

    LOVE her choices in prints!

  199. Joanna says:

    Love this design-this would be a great quilt on one of my beds.

  200. Linda says:

    I saw this pillow on Cherie’s blogsite and I love it! I love straight line quilting too.

  201. Lisa says:

    What a lucky swap partner she has, that’s a beautiful pillow! Love the straight line quilting!

  202. Love love love the pillow! Thanks for a chance to win!!

  203. Dana says:

    Love the colors!

  204. Faith K says:

    OK, so I never post, but I just wanted to say I can’t wait for pillow month! You guys have the best ideas for series! LOVE IT! Thank you for all your hard work putting this all together!

  205. Lori says:

    Oh, that is so beautiful! I love the colors!!

  206. Shannon H says:

    Beautiful pillow! I have never made a pillow so this is just the push to try one :)

  207. Kimberly says:

    I love the colors she used.

  208. Cassandra says:

    Yea! I love contest and giveaways!

  209. Tong says:

    love the colours, so simple and lovely!

  210. Kate says:

    Very pretty! I like that’s it’s a rainbow of colors without looking little kid-ish. And the sewing looks very well done. Congrats on being the first pillow for pillow month!

  211. That is inspiration to start quilting myself! I love it!

  212. jm says:

    Very pretty colors!

  213. Juliette says:

    really looking forward to this series!

  214. Jen B says:

    I keep seeing this pattern pop up. It makes me feel like I need to sew it up!

  215. Becky T says:

    This is a beautiful pillow. I love the bright colors. I would love to try this

  216. Colette says:

    super cute!

  217. Serena says:

    This pillow is amazing! The colors are gorgeous!

  218. Seanna Lea says:

    Very cool. I have to dig into my fabric stash this weekend!

  219. Dawn S. says:

    This pillow’s so cute! I think it would look great on my couch. Hint-hint, wink-wink, nudge-nudge. :)

  220. Anya says:

    Cute! Thanks for the chance!

  221. Jacqueline says:

    That is a great pillow to start the month off with.

  222. miq says:

    I love this pillow. Amazingly, I have never thought of working out a quilt design as a pillow first….big fat duh!

  223. Kd quilts says:

    Yay for pillow month! My couch is in desperate need of new pillows! I have the pillow forms all ready for some pretty!

  224. Anita says:

    I love it.

  225. Amy S says:

    Wow! I love the colors in that pillow…it looks AMAZING!

  226. Danna BC says:

    What a great balance of color and shape. Beautiful. :)

  227. Katie B says:

    Love Cherie’s pillow!!

  228. Lauren says:

    I am making pillows for my couch! I love all of the inspiration! :)

  229. Jenn says:

    Love this pillow! I want to make a quilt with this method one day.

  230. Mandy says:

    wow – I love the design on that pillow – I have GOT to get into quilting!

  231. I love this pillow. I am a beginner sewer and a quilt seems overwhelming. This pillow seems much more manageable! I might have to try it. :)

  232. sarah says:

    I love this!

  233. Susan C. says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I never would have guessed it was her first try at straight line quilting. :)

  234. Ana V says:

    That pillow looks great, so nice and modern!

  235. Angelina says:

    Cute design!

  236. Karo says:

    this is gorgeous!
    i’m wondering if i could tweak the pattern a little to make for quicker sewing…

  237. Great first pillow! Looking so forward to seeing so many pillows – and making some myself!

  238. Lovely!! The little crosses/pluses never get old. And i love the color combo, too!

  239. Allie says:

    love this one! Looks quilty but mod!

  240. Sarah McGrath says:

    That’s a gorgeous design for a cushion, I might try that myself!

  241. Shelley says:

    That’s a super cute pillow! I like the edging detail on it.

  242. Kelly Sas says:

    I can’t believe this is Cherie’s first attempt at quilting! Love the design and colors of this pillow. Great inspiration!

  243. Amy says:

    That is a gorgeous pillow! The fabric choices are great!

  244. Jennifer says:

    I love this pillow. I bet I could make one to match my living room….

  245. Marisa says:

    I really like that pillow. I’m starting to teach my daughter how to sew and that pillow looks simple enough for her to do. Great job.

  246. Angela N. says:

    Oh i love the pattern! i like quilting with scraps, this could make a fun scrap quilt!! Thanks for sharing the idea!!

    Angela N.

  247. Pamela V says:

    Bring on the pillows! We love them.

  248. angela says:

    what a great pillow- inspiring!

  249. Love that pillow. I like the binding detail. Will definately try it out!

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