Pillow Contest Inspiration

on February 2 | in Contests & Giveaways, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 82 Comments

Have you started your entry for the Pillow Contest yet? Remember, you can win a big variety of really fantastic prizes! We wanted to share a little inspiration with you today.

One of our board members, Heather from {House} of A La Mode, hosts a successful Pillow Talk Swap (currently in Round 4!) focused on modern, pieced pillows. Take some time to peruse the Pillow Talk Swap Flickr group. It’s full of some absolutely beautiful pillows!

This pillow was created in a previous round by Amber from One Shabby Chick for Heather (photo by Heather).

For a little “Words to Live By” inspiration, be sure to check out the collection of sayings we’ve noticed in recent weeks. We also get a kick out of everything created by Kimberly at Chez Sucre Chez.

Smiths Stitches by Kimberly, Chez Sucre Chez

Fantastic! Kimberly’s focus is embroidery, but remember you can add the words you live by to your pillow entry in any way you see fit… Silkscreening, stamps, appliqué, etc.

Don’t forget about all of the fabulous prizes YOU could win in the pillow contest. Edited to add: We’ve had lots of questions about international entries– They’re A-OK. Just in case you need a reminder these prizes might provide a little more inspiration!:

Pieced Pillow
1st Place
Reliable Velocity V50
Downlite 16″ Pillow Cube
-$25 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

2nd Place
Downlite 14″ Pillow Cube
Night & Day fat quarter pack in the Summer Colorstory, courtesy of Robert Kaufman
-$20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

3rd Place
Downlite 12″ Pillow Cube
-11 Fat Quarters of Queen Street + a half yard of Queen Street laminate, courtesy of Jennifer Paganelli
-$15 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Words to Live by Pillow
1st Place
Reliable Velocity V50
Downlite 16″ Pillow Cube
-$25 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

2nd Place
Downlite 14″ Pillow Cube
Betty Dear fat quarter pack, courtesy of Robert Kaufman
-$20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

3rd Place
Downlite 12″ Pillow Cube
-11 Fat Quarters of Queen Street + a half yard of Queen Street laminate, courtesy of Jennifer Paganelli
-$15 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Add links below to pillows and sayings that inspire you! Your comment enters you 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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82 Responses to Pillow Contest Inspiration

  1. Angela N. says:

    Love this pillow, it looks like the wonky one quilt dad made! they are so fun. I plan on making some like this to match my quilt on my bed!

  2. Deb W says:

    This pillow looks like pure summer to me. The colors are so mellow and cool – would be great to use on a glider on a covered porch at the beach!

  3. Ariane says:

    This pillow is just gorgeous!!!

  4. Kathleen P says:

    So pretty!

  5. Cat says:

    Sweet pillow.

  6. Kate says:

    LOVE this pillow!

  7. This pillow is made of my colors – would you please send it to me? 😉

  8. Jill B says:

    Great inspiration! I LOVE that embroidery.

  9. Marissa says:

    So many beautiful pillows! Wonderful inspiration!

  10. Laura says:

    I loved this pillow as soon as I saw it. And I’m a teacher so I just had to have one for my chair at school.

    I happened to have a charm square I didn’t have plans for and I’m working on it now.

  11. Joy says:

    One of my favorite pillows is the orange ruffled one from the cover of Anne Kyrrö Quinn’s book, Felt Furnishings. Etsy posted a tutorial for it a while back:

  12. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    Oh, The Smiths in cross stitch is awesome! I’m loving this pillow contest!

  13. erica K says:

    That pillow is so bright and happy! Suddenly I want to listen to my ‘Pretty in Pink’ cd… ;D

  14. Kay says:

    beautiful! just a bit of early spring!

  15. Sheetal says:

    I’m planning on using some of my extra quilt blocks to make a pillow…looks like so much fun!

  16. Dawn S. says:

    I keep looking at this pillow, and love it more each time! I want one just like it!

  17. WandaFish says:

    Inspiration overload!! Love these cushions 🙂

  18. Crystal says:

    They are all so beautiful – I can’t pick a favourite out of these first few! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  19. alisha says:

    I loved reading through the words to live by. Thanks for sharing the link.

  20. Beth T says:

    I find that the blog “Kind Over Matter” is a great source for words to live by. Their daily emails deliver inspiring thoughts to my InBox, and they offer a lot of free downloads, allowing readers to create posters, cards, and other little lovelies. http://www.kindovermatter.com

  21. Beth T says:

    My current words to live by are “Do what matters most”. Simplifies many decisions.

  22. stacey says:

    love the fabric choices!

  23. Jenny S. says:

    I wish I had more places to put pillows!

  24. Courtney says:

    Loving the inspiration, and have been sketching ideas, but haven’t come up with anything concrete yet. Sigh, it will come to me!

  25. Jacque says:

    I’m loving the fabrics on the pillow – so vibrant, makes me think of the warm weather I’m hoping for soon!!

  26. Ginger says:

    thanks for the inspiring link

  27. jm says:

    Love that embroidery!

  28. Heidi Anderson says:

    Love the prints. I feel inspired!

  29. jackie says:

    love the pillow.please please please let me win this time!

  30. Sonia says:

    One shabby chicks pillow at the opening was inspiring for me, flickr is always a great place to look for inspiration. Sometimes it can just be a piece of fabric or even a drawing I make.

  31. j-j says:

    Too too many ideas. The colours are gorgeous on this. The words to live by are fabulous. I like the phrase from a freebie stitchery from a while back- “I want to be just like me”.

  32. Tanya says:

    The pressure! So much inspiration I barely know where to start!

  33. Claire says:

    I adore Farbenmix and had a quick look on Flickr for “Farbenmix pillow”… I almost wish I hadn’t as my to-do list has drastically increased!!!! 🙂


  34. Katrina H says:

    I love these prints used on this pillow!

  35. Jessica says:

    HA! I love the embrodiary!

  36. Elizabethdx says:

    Beautiful pieced pillow — and it makes me wish, yet again, that Flea Market Fancy would be reissued.

  37. Sarah Z. says:

    Great inspiration! Now I just need to stop staring at that Flickr group and start sewing!

  38. Brenda says:

    Loving what you are showing this month already! Cannot wait for more inspiration!

  39. beverly says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  40. kathyh says:

    inspiration is at hand.

  41. Day says:

    That pillow is most definitely modern and beautiful.

  42. Michele says:

    Such creativity! I’m starting to considering giving this whole pillow making thing a go.

  43. Ms. Fine says:

    Nothing like a Smiths quote to be inspired!

  44. Rebecca says:

    I LOVE Heather and her designs ~ just gorgeous!!

  45. Sharon T. says:

    Wonderful inspiration. Thank you!

  46. That collection of words to live by is fantastic!

  47. Sara says:

    I know what I want my pillow to say, now deciding how to say it is another matter all together…

  48. Heather says:

    I love this quote and want to have my daughters repeat it every day.

  49. bruinbr says:

    I really love this Cat in the Hat pillow! The buntings are adorable and they have little images underneath! So wonderful too that it was auctioned off to support the Queensland Flood Relief.


  50. Tiffany says:

    Love the “words to live by”.

  51. Sarah says:

    Great pillow! It looks difficult, though.

  52. MamaBee says:

    I’m totally tempted to copy these pillows: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9274797@N08/3840448344/

  53. Bethany says:

    I love all the pillows on the Pillow Talk flickr group! Definitely inspiring for some pillows I’ve been thinking about!

  54. patricia says:

    I have my idea for my pillow sketched out. Tonight I am going to pick fabrics from my stash and hopefully start cutting. Thanks for the awesome inspiration.

  55. Debbie says:

    just cleaned & organized my craft room – can now find time to sew some lovely pillows & have the inspiration!

  56. Kerri Kowal says:

    I love this pillow… very nicely designed!

  57. Mandy K Court says:

    love the pillow!

  58. I’ve seen that hoop featured on Mr X Stitch before. Love it! They have some other great hoops as well.

  59. Ramona says:

    Wow! so many beautiful pillows to look at.

  60. Shelley says:

    There are a lot of amazing pillows from last month’s blogger’s pillow party flickr pool. http://www.flickr.com/groups/bloggerspillowparty/pool/

  61. Amy S says:

    Oh my gosh! I can’t wait to start on my pillow for this!

  62. jaici says:

    I am loving the pillows…just great ideas to keep me busy during these cold winter months!

  63. Chrissy B says:

    This would be great to put on a pillow:

  64. Anita says:

    I’m inspired!

  65. Krystina says:

    I love this pillow! The colors are so vibrant!

  66. Maya says:

    Very cute pillow!

  67. Connie says:

    What a cute pillow! I am working on a couple pillows right now.

  68. Brigette says:

    I’m so glad it’s pillow month. We just painted our living room and the next step on our list…make pillows!

  69. Lori says:

    I knew what I would make as soon as I saw the contest. I’m almost, nearly ready to start. 🙂

  70. Cassandra says:

    Thank’s for the pointer on using stamps for the words you live by pillow.

  71. Jodi Jones says:

    So inspired to get started on my pillow today. 🙂

  72. Karen says:

    The pillows from the pillow swap are gorgeous!

  73. Becky T says:

    once again another amazing pillow

  74. Papgena says:

    I just laugh when I saw the kimbelry’s embroidery!!!

  75. Cynthia says:

    I love that pillow!!

  76. Louise says:

    Loving the pillows!

  77. Laura Reich says:

    The pieced pillow is great!

  78. Aniza says:

    drooling over those fabulous pillows on flickr…very talented

  79. Shola says:

    I love this cushion from Misofunky! Not everyone will appreciate the humour! I copied this design for a friends housewarming gift:)
    My version:-

  80. Desirée says:

    i love the line : pls, pls,pls let me get what i want this time!

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