Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Evergreen Pillows in Modern Patchwork + Giveaway

 *The giveaway is closed, and Lee is the winner! She has been emailed. Thank you!*

I get my best sewing ideas late at night. If I have time to quilt during the day, I save my computer and design work for the late hours (the extra natural light during daytime helps a lot with quilting!). Late one spring night, I sent a sketch of some wintery pillows to Modern Patchwork magazine, and I was thrilled when they accepted!

Picture from Modern Patchwork, Winter 2017 edition

The idea for the pillows came about while I pondered my obsession with blue and log cabins built to the side (just a little touch of modern, if you will). When the pillows sit side by side, they create an abstract tree. They're perfect for all winter long, right? Not just the Christmas season. When I make seasonal gifts or decorations, I tend to prefer those that last beyond holidays.


For quilting, my main goal was to mimic the angle of the tree in each pillow, so that it radiates out. Additionally, I like to quilt most of my pillows less densely, otherwise I don't find them as comfortable. So...


...I decided to quilt with a simple straight line, though I changed the space between the lines and thread colors to add interest (Aurifil 2805 [light blue] and Aurifil 2024 [white]). You can also see the lovely shine from the Cirrus Solids I used (yarn dyed crossweaves by Cloud9 Fabrics - Limestone, Sky, and Lagoon).


These particular pillows have already found a home on my couch, but I think they'd make a great hostess gift. I'd love to see someone make them in other colors! Maybe white/green, white/red, or gold/white, or more blue. One of the pillows on its own would make a statement in a modern home, too.



To celebrate my first inclusion in Modern Patchwork (like, you can actually get it at Target and Barnes and Noble - that's super cool), I'm giving away a copy of the Winter 2017 edition. Thank you to F+W Media for providing a second copy!

I'll also throw in a bunch of larger scraps, so tell me what color or kind of scraps you are looking for in a comment. If you're not looking for scraps, tell me what particular fabric print you are thinking about today (mine is Anna Maria Horner's In The Clearing flannel from a few years ago... sigh).

You can have a second entry if you follow me and leave a comment mentioning one way (Bloglovin, Feedly, Wonky Press, Instagram, Facebook, etc.).


This giveaway is open to US entrants only this time (sorry, international friends) from 12/21 - 12/27. I'll choose a winner with the Random Number Generator and email them, so please make sure your email address is attached to the account you post with, or include it in your comment(s).

I hope you enjoy the magazine! There are a ton of lovely, modern winter projects to make (read: not just for December - as we are, suddenly, close to January). I'll be back next week with my 2016/2017 review/goals post. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!


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106 comments:

  1. Lovely thanks! I really love the Lotta Jansdotter fabrics!

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  2. I love Andover's Sweet Treats by Kim Schaefer. Congrats on your newest publication!

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  3. Congrats! I'm collecting strings right now.
    drlbennett at gmail dot com

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  4. I follow you on IG and IRL ;-)
    drlbennett

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  5. Congrats!!! These pillows are lovely, and I totally agree that decorations that last beyond Christmas are the best (too much cleaning up and getting out otherwise!). I adore scraps and would love more in low volume or "boy" colors/ prints. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. Congratulations! I follow you on Bloglovin. Have a wonderful holiday season.

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  7. Love the pillows and the quilting. I could use some navy scraps!

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  8. a great set of pillows, don't you just love a project that comes together as you envisioned. I am in need of low volume scraps or reds. I will be working on a two toned quilt this next year, red and whites.

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  9. I am a faithful follower via bloglovin.

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  10. I follow via Google (blogger). Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. I'd love to collect more orange or bright scraps. Always could use modern scraps or neutrals too. Thanks so much!!! Have a great holiday. shahann at yahoo dot com.

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  12. I'm collecting crazy bright prints for some fun charity quilts. Thanks for the chance.

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  13. I follow your blog on feedly, will sign up for the newsletter too.

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  14. I love how when they are put together they form a tree! Congrats on the feature! Heck, I'm an AMH fan and anything rainbow...thats me!

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  15. I am really into solids scraps right now. I love them all!

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  16. Cheralees@gmail.com

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  17. I follow on bloglovin
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  18. HI,CONGRATS ON YOUR PUBLISHING!
    I'M COLLECTING NAVY+CREAM SCRAPS FOR ALL 2-COLOR BED QUILT! THANKS FOR SHARING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  19. Hi Jess, congrats on your first pub. in Modern Patchwork. I'm off to Target in a bit, I'llh ave to check it out. Cloud 9 scraps, or solids as so few in my scrappy stash. Thank you.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I follow you on bloglovin, fb and newsletter

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  21. I am new to quilty and building my stash - I need all colors, but especially yellows and oranges as they are so not in my comfort zone!

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  22. The pillows are so cute! They may have to be presents next year. I love blue and green fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway, and Merry Christmas!

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  23. I am working with elementary school kids and middle school kids to make a quilt for donation. We are loving the process and our next quilt (beginning after the new year) is going to be a strip design in yellow, blue, green and purple. They love novelty fabrics, which isn't a surprise really. I have one girl obsessing about Disney fabrics so one strip or two of that would be amazing. I have no disney fabrics of my own because I find them to usually be of an inferior quality. So no pressure if you have none either! I love other folk's scraps and would love a scrap exchange one day. Thanks, Elana elanagoldberg5@hotmail.com or gmail.com

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    1. I would love to send you some fabric to help with your projects. My daughter-in-law is a teacher and is doing projects with her kids as well. Making some items for Linus, etc. My email is travelingro@gmail ... let me know if you are interested in more stuff. lol

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  24. I follow your blog on email and love seeing your posts!!
    elanagoldberg5@hotmail.com or gmail.com

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  25. I love bright scraps and bright fabrics! ( I too am an Anna Marie Horner fan lol) My favorite colors are aqua, peacock and red.....I also love anything paired with white!

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  26. Congrats on the beautiful pillows and publication! The scraps I use most right now are the low volume scraps.

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  27. I follow via bloglovin (and your newsletter)

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  28. Hello! Congratulations on having your design published! That is so exciting! I am a color lover so any brightly colored scraps would be so fun.

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  29. I follow you via e-mail. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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  30. Love this pillow idea. Today I got to touch a pillow slip from 1825 ish and now I see lots of ideas. I love how the 2 make one.

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  31. Congratualtions! I seem to be lacking neutrals at the moment.

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  32. Love these pillows....and can see them in really lovely colors for year round. Look forward to seeing the magazine. Anything Birch Organics in 100% cotton always makes me smile. cblanco46@gmail.com

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  33. Followed and liked you on Facebook. cblanco46@gmail.com

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  34. Congratulations. Love those pillows. I am look for blue and neutrals - low volume.
    Thanks for the opportunity. acbeier71@gmail.com

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  35. I follow you by e-mail, pinterest, IG and fb. Thanks for the opportunity.
    acbeier71@gmail.com

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  36. How fabulous - congrats to you! I will have to look for this when I am out at Target or the bookstore! I adore those pillows! Scraps - i love holiday fabrics... but this morning as it was 9 degrees outside I was thinking of flannel too!

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  37. I am happy follower on bloglovn!

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  38. Hi. I love blues, greens and oranges. I really like those pillows!

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  39. I follow your blog by email, and also Wonky Press

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  40. Looking for purple scraps. I have very little purple in my stash--and now I need it! Love the pillows in this post.

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  41. Congratulations on having your pattern included in Modern Patchwork!! That is so cool. I'm thinking yellow scraps but any are welcome (or none at all, for that matter).

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  42. Wow--what fun, to go to Target and see your own pattern in a magazine. You've made the big time! I'm always on the lookout for orange scraps, black scraps, and brown scraps to round out my stash.

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  43. I follow you so many ways I sound like a stalker. One of them is by email: wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  44. Mary
    I follow you The Wonky Press.
    maryrakron ataoldot com

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  45. Mary
    I would like gray and green scraps.
    maryrakronataoldotcom

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  46. Congrats on being published. Right now I am liking blacks, reds, and whites.

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  47. Congratulations on being published ... as you should be. I like fabric .. all colors. LOL Going to make "something" in teals soon ... on my 2017 to-do list~~

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  48. I also follow you several ways but mostly via Wonky Press and email!

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  49. Congratulations on being published. Great design! Orange, yellow or green scraps.

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  50. I follow you via Google Blogger.

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  51. Congrats! Pillows are fantastic.

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  52. I follow you via Feedly and get your newsletter.

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  53. Congratulations on being published. Black and white scraps. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  54. Congratulations, celebrate! I love blue anything.

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  55. Congrats on your Modern Patchworks article. I love brights!!!

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  56. Love those pillows! I love any and all scraps.

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  57. Congrats Jessica. Always fun to see your name in print!!!! And the pillows are a super neat design. Good job!

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  58. I follow on bloglovin
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  59. Yelling good wishes across the Del. River to you. I think I already commented on your site but I cannot get enough of these pillows.

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  60. Congrats! How neat is that!
    I am thinking about Blues, I just love them in quilts!

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  61. Congratulations on being published! I'm thinking about V & Co. first line, Simply Color, because I am getting ready to cut into a bundle at long last!

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  62. I follow you via email. Keep up the good work in 2017. :-)

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  63. Congrats on your publication in Modern Patchwork, your pillows are beautiful! Love, love Maureen Cracknell's Nightfall, my favorite colors! Thank you, Susan

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  64. Congrats! How exciting for you! I'd take any scraps if I were to win.

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  65. From Lori:
    your pillows are lovely. I really like that when put them together they make a fun tree.

    my stash really has no black/white combo. but I love all colors.

    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  66. The pillows are a great idea. Congrats on getting published! If I won, any scraps would be lovely.

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  67. Jess, I don't need a giveaway to want to stop and tell you that I love these! And I agree that "winter" decorations are a much nicer alternative to "have to put it away after Christmas" projects ; ) Congrats on your first Make Modern inclusion! And at the moment, I'm all about the purple. I still have to find 8 more for my Year 40, so I'm in sleuth mode... hahaha

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  68. And I follow you all over... Wonky Press, IG, Bloglovin' : )

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  69. Congrats on the magazine, I will look for it at the store. I love low volume and text prints. Thanks Darlene

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  70. Way to go! I would love to win this magazine. I could use more blue scraps.

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  71. I love you pillows and would love to win this magazine--I have never seen it at target but will look next time
    as for scraps, I feel I should name my next cat scrap as I have so many

    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  72. I love red scraps, or really any color scraps!

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  73. I follow you on the Wonky Press

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  74. Congratulations! Beautiful pillows. I agree that too much quilting doesn't make pillows very comfortable, but you have the right amount. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

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  75. I'm looking for any color except for blue/aqua (which coincidentally is my fav). Thanks for the chance and Happy Holidays!

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  76. Neato! first in print. I follow by wonky press.

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  77. I LOVE scraps, they are the best. Right now i'm trying to collect pinks & White on white. i prefer to purchase remnants because i feel i can cut into them easier than large chunks of precious fabric.

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  78. I could use some bright cheerful fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  79. Congratulations, Jessica, on being featured in the magazine! I would be over the moon...as I'm sure you are! I am looking for fabrics in the minty green and coral color groups. I have a friend whose first grandchild is due in April and they are using those colors in the baby's room, so I'd like to make a quilt to match. Merry Christmas!

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  80. Of course, I am a happy follower of yours on Bloglovin' and by email!

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  81. I already have too many scraps! Some are 30 years old-not sure what to do with those. I'm crushing on Tula pink. Those scraps are being used up now.

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  82. I'm looking for white/LV scraps, but t I do have a TON of scraps myself.

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  83. I follow you on Instagram (zanytaylor there)

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  84. Your Pillows are Awesome!! Love them!! I also loooove Scraps!! lol Any colors work for me! My two Daughters & a Grangirlie..are making scrappy quilts now..would be fun to have some new scraps to mix in! Thank you fro chance to win your Give-a-way!! :)

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  85. already a Follower thru Bloglovin & Email :)

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  86. I am new to quilting and would love some primary colors.

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