Practice Makes Better

I don’t really believe in the adage, “Practice makes perfect,” but I do believe that practice makes better. I decided awhile ago to make two pillow covers to go with my stepson’s Japanese Quilt for his Christmas present this year. I’ve made some HSTs to use for the pillow covers, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Yesterday I had the thought that I should make a practice Christmas pillow cover to work out the kinks since I’ve never made a pillow cover before, so I made up a simple pattern with nine 5″ Moda Jol charm squares and some white Grunge sashing strips (yes, I have a huge bin of Grunge fabric!). It went mostly as I thought it would, but then the outside sashing was going to be so narrow, that I chose to make it even narrower and added another narrow outer border strip in red to make it look a little like a flanged binding.


I followed Jeni Baker’s instructions in her Mystery Pillow pattern to finish this pillow cover with an envelope backing, which went fine EXCEPT my backing fabric is directional, and I should have made sure the deer were facing the right direction when I cut the fabric. Oh well, this pillow is for me, and I certainly learned an important lesson. And if the back of this pillow is showing for some reason, I just need to rotate it 90 degrees, and it will look just fine!


Linking up to My Quilt Infatuation: Needle and Thread Thursday and Confessions of a Fabric Addict: Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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6 Responses to Practice Makes Better

  1. Jacqueline Rubio says:

    You are a quick study!! I like it a lot. Can’t wait to the ones for Drew.


  2. Lisa says:

    I have yet to make a pillow cover. This one worked out great and you are right practice makes better! I like that better anyhow …less pressure.


  3. I think the pillow turned out great and I agree that making a sample item is always so beneficial. My mistake is to wait too long between the first and second item and forgetting those things I learned until I repeat them in the second version (no one is perfect, right?). 🙂


  4. Wow, nice job with the sashing and the borders are just perfect. The direction of the back will only be known to us !~!

    The quilting is really neat. The diagonals give it a different look and I like it.

    May I borrow the pattern idea and maybe get a new pillow or two for my Littles?


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