February 26 ~ Pillow of the Day

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Patchwork Pillows by Rita, Red Pepper Quilts

These are the first pillows Rita has made, and they were the first time she sewed a zipper into a project. Way to go, Rita! Rita was a Sew,Mama,Sew! Board Member last year and makes the most incredible quilts

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127 Responses to February 26 ~ Pillow of the Day

  1. Beverly says:

    The blue and green makes me think of SPRING!!. These are simple and bold…fabulous, and a zipper to boot!

  2. Kim says:

    I love the colors! Beautiful pillows

  3. Heidi Anderson says:

    beautiful and bright!

  4. Crystal says:

    First time?! Wow – they turned out lovely!

  5. gwen says:


  6. CJ says:

    Rita’s work is always so wonderful – the colors and the way she puts them together.

  7. jacqueline says:

    Gives me courage to maybe try making a pillow for the first time. Zipper still maybe not though.

  8. Tara says:

    Love these pillows!

  9. Tara says:

    These are just FUN fun fun!!

  10. Katherine says:

    Simply gorgeous! This makes me want to go sew some patchwork!!

  11. Kari says:

    Great use of solids and the quilting is really nice.

  12. laurel says:

    gorgeous… i like the quilting with the squares and the diagonal lines…

  13. Mary Jo says:

    I love these pillows….I love the colors and the pattern.

  14. Rebecca says:

    nice patchwork.

  15. Brenda says:

    These are beautiful!

  16. summerfete says:


  17. Rita is so talented. Of course the first pillows she makes are perfect!

  18. Sarah Z. says:

    Rita you are so talented, and I am absolutely thrilled that this post has introduced me to your amazing Red Pepper quilts. You inspire me to be productive, stay colorful and keep growing that stash!

  19. Heather K says:

    So need those colors right now! Ohhhh, Spring, where art thou?

  20. Maya says:

    Great job for a first pillow. I love the look of them.

  21. Vanessa says:

    Perfect colors for spring and summer!

  22. Nancy says:

    It’s so nice to see simple, vibrant solids used in quilting, it really makes it stand out.

  23. Susan says:

    Lovely pillow – I like the “simple” colors. Have been to her site and is now a follower. Love her/your style!

    I’m not a quilter, but want to try it some day, inspired by your/her style.

  24. priti says:

    oh I love these!
    the symmetry is so soothing!

  25. Laura says:

    love the coordinating but not the same colors!

  26. Erin says:

    So excited to try this tutorial….a good starting point for a newbie.


  27. Deb says:

    Always LOVE Rita’s work, and these pillows are no exception!

  28. Katy Yo says:

    I love Red Pepper Quilts! Go, Rita!

  29. Stephanie P says:

    I was looking for a project just like this one – I need cute pillows for our sofa. Thank you.

  30. They are gorgeous – front and back!

  31. ratty says:

    oh, YUM! these are some of my VERY favorites!

  32. Kristin W says:

    I love the color choice! Makes me long for summer!

  33. Jennifer says:

    So bright and fun!

  34. Caitlin says:

    Rita is amazing! Everything she makes is gold!

  35. Susan says:

    Love the colors and love the style.

  36. jm says:


  37. What fun & cheerful pillows these are! Really great!

  38. VickiT says:

    Great job Rita! Love the backing fabric you used on the top pillow. Good for you taking the leap and doing the zipper too.

  39. Joy says:

    I love her color sense!

  40. Kris says:

    Love those pillow tops – what a great way to scraps – feel another project needing to be made.

  41. Patty says:

    Love the colors very fresh, reminds that spring is right around the corner.

  42. Jen says:

    Beautiful pillows – I love the color and the simple quilting

  43. Alisa says:

    Such pretty pillows. Simple and classic. Love them.

  44. Bianc Jae says:

    Rita is a very clever woman! Thanks for the chance xox

  45. Amy says:

    I’ve loved this set since I first saw them. They are beautiful!

  46. kathyh says:

    I love patchwork. These colors coordinate very well.

  47. Judy W says:

    Love her choices of color for the pillows. Everyone makes it look so easy!

  48. Chris says:

    I love the cheerful colors! What a sweet, simple combination of color and design.

  49. Jacque says:

    Wow, Rita, I wish my first attempts looked this great! I love the way you picked up the colors from the squares on one side, to the floral on the opposite side. That is so nice, and the colors are so full of spring time! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  50. Aileen says:

    Very fresh and pretty.

  51. Kristal says:

    Love these; great color studies.

  52. Cat says:

    wow, so nice ! i need one of those…

  53. Robyn says:

    Love the colors!

  54. Alex says:

    I love every single thing Rita makes.

  55. edith says:

    The colors look so good together, very nice pillows.

  56. Jen says:


  57. delia says:

    Pretty AND simple!

  58. Marcia W. says:

    Wonderful use of color

  59. Audrey says:

    Love these pillows!

  60. Amy says:

    The colors are great. I love the backing fabrics with them.

  61. Sherry J says:

    very pretty pillow.

  62. Robyn says:


  63. Carla says:

    Beautiful colorful pillows! Love how they are quilted! πŸ™‚

  64. Kimberly says:

    I love these!

  65. DianeY says:

    Everything Rita makes is simply beautiful!

  66. Megan says:

    I just love her pillows! So simple and fresh!

  67. stacey says:

    i love the quiliting lines on these!

  68. Rebecca says:

    Fun and simple, and a great way to use up scraps!

  69. Muireann says:

    The colours on this are great. Makes feel cheerful just looking at them!

  70. Gina says:

    Gorgeous! Why have I never thought to use white in between patches?! Oh yeah… because nothing in my house of little ones stays white πŸ˜‰ Nevertheless, something to keep in mind. Simply beautiful.

  71. Silja says:

    Love, love, love the colors on these pillows.

  72. Tiffany says:

    Lovely colors.

  73. Karen Linton says:

    Those pillows are gorgeous. Just about the time I think I’ll try one, you go and mention zippers and ruin it for me. I can still look and dream, though.

  74. Sarah says:

    Pretty colors!

  75. I love Rita’s work! Her quilts are to die for and she photographs quilts and fabric so beautifully. She also has a lovely blog.

  76. Beth T says:

    Rita has such a way with color. She inspires me–I’m certain she sends off colorful sparks in my brain!

  77. Ramona says:

    I love the simplicity of theses as well as the great colors.

  78. Jessica C says:

    The quilted lines really compliment the patchwork. Beautiful!

  79. I still cant quilt. Maybe this will be an easy project for me.

  80. Valerie H says:

    Beautifully done! I love the simple patchwork and detailed quilting.

  81. such lovely colors! i like the checkerboard pillow front paired with a patterned fabric back, reversible!

  82. Alison says:

    Wow..these are wonderful

  83. Andi says:

    I love the colours of these pillows! And pillows with a zipper – I’m impressed!

  84. Rose says:

    vibrant colors!

  85. Ariane says:

    I love these! I want to make a matching quilt of the orange one! πŸ™‚

  86. Kate says:

    Oo, love the color choices!

  87. tracy_a says:

    Rita has great color sense!

  88. sharon J says:

    Love this pillow, bright and bold!

  89. Tracy says:

    I love those pillows! They are so happy!

  90. jennifer says:

    Love those…

  91. Karen says:

    I think I may have to make these– they would be adorable in pinks for my daughter’s room.

  92. So pretty! I rarely use solid fabrics as the focal point because I think it would be too plain, but these pillows are beautiful. And I love the fun backing fabrics.

  93. Emily says:

    I really love these!!! Even with a 1/4 seam guide foot my seams aren’t this straight – I mean wow!

  94. bonnie says:

    I love the simplicity of these pillows

  95. Kate says:

    Look at all those perfect intersections!!! Inspiring and beautiful.

  96. JennX says:

    Lovely pillows, but really it`s the link to her blog that I appreciate the most. Yet another to add to my stack of regular reads! Thanks!!

  97. Lori says:

    Oh, those are so pretty! Love the color palettes!

  98. Lynda says:

    I love the colors!!

  99. Wendy D. P. says:

    Oooh I love these – little squares are always so classy and fun!

  100. Laura Rieben says:

    Rita is a very talented person with a wonderful blog! Great pillows!

  101. linda says:

    Very colorful and happy!

  102. Tez says:

    FAVOURITE,favourite, favourite! I love the colours and the simple squares. So so beautiful!

  103. beautiful and simply simple

  104. I want these on my couch.

  105. SewLindaAnn says:

    Forgot to write this, since you all are so great at putting together this type of showcasing of projects and inspiration, I would love to see one done with all new or fairly unknown designers and their patterns. I don’t know how they would be found though.

  106. Mary says:

    These are beautiful. What a fun month this has been.

  107. SewLindaAnn says:

    When I saw the picture and the name Rita, I knew it had to be Red Pepper quilts. She’s amazing, as usual!

  108. Sara says:

    I LOVE the colors! So cheery.

  109. Michelle S says:

    These are so colorful and would be perfect for spring and summer. I have really enjoyed seeing all the pillow inspiration this month.

  110. Judy says:

    Very pretty and your first pillow sewing is fun!

  111. Jessica S. says:

    So bright & cheerful! πŸ™‚

  112. June S says:

    I recognize those! Love the bright colors.

  113. Anya says:

    Love those pillows!

  114. Amy says:

    Wow – I really like these pillows that Rita made! There simple yet so vibrant!

  115. i love the fabric for the back! Any idea what it is?

  116. Hilary says:

    Good way to use up scraps!

  117. Shannon says:

    i love the way the colors look like they are on a gradient! I wish I had that natural ability!

  118. Jen says:

    i love the combo of the white and off-white as the background fabrics!

  119. Cassandra says:

    Awesome! Great colors.

  120. Valerie says:

    So cheerful! You did a super job!

  121. Catherine says:

    Wow! Those are stunning first pillows. Great work, Rita! πŸ™‚

  122. Susan in SC says:

    LOVE this pillow! Great job!

  123. nerida curtis says:

    Love the colors of the Patchwork Pillows by Rita so fresh and summery . I need to make some of these.

  124. Ellen says:

    great color combos! has the voting on the pillow contest started?

  125. Joanne says:

    Love the simplicity of the patchwork in solids! Am inspired to make something similar for my boy’s room.

  126. Lisa says:

    Lovely use of linen! They would look lovely on the couch.

  127. you can play chezz on it! πŸ˜‰

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