My pillow-y finish from last week is a perfect example ...
The wrench in the works here was the quilting. Originally, I was going to quilt simply—just along each side of the seams—but after I did that I kept quilting. And the more I quilted, the more I realized how difficult and time-consuming it would be to rip out those stitches, and I kept quilting anyway. In the end, I matchstick-quilted the entire front of the pillow, and although it looked lovely, I had a problem: The dense quilting affected the drape and fit of the pillow over the 18-inch pillow form I had purchased. I subsequently concocted and implemented various solutions ...
First, I basted around the pillow to gauge how the pillow form would fit in the pillow as is. There was bulk—a lot of bulk.
So I increased the seam allowance, thinking that would be the solution. (It was not.)
My pillow at this point was looking floppy, especially at the corners. I like my pillows nice and chubby.
So I took the rather drastic step of tapering in all four corners, a tip I had read long ago over at Granny Maud’s Girl.
This was the outcome of my seam-allowance fudging and corner trimming ...
The project now had 12 sides and was rectangular-ish! But I finished it off anyway and bound the edges ...
In the end, I think the pillow is fine. The process didn’t go as I anticipated and the final product is different from what my original vision, but live and learn, right?
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