Monday, April 30, 2018

Precarious Body Pillow: Stash Statement Blog Hop

Planned improvisation is my thing, so when my bloggy friend Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation asked if I would participate in the blog tour for her new book, Stash Statement, I was quick to answer "yes!"

The book contains 12 patterns plus tips for organizing and sewing together your scraps. Kelly made me ponder some new ways to combine and then cut fabric scraps. I was immediately drawn to the "Precarious" quilt. The layout of the blocks just screamed "body pillow" to me, so that's what I made!
Kelly's original "Precarious" quilt from Stash Statement

Each row of scraps is monochromatic like in Kelly's original rainbow-colored quilt, pictured above. Originally, I was inspired by a house in my town that's painted turquoise, blue, and brown (I used gray as my background color instead). I really enjoyed laying out my scraps and seeing what shapes they formed together.

Once I pieced the pillow, I quilted it densely with three colors of 40 weight Aurifil thread: 4060 (Silver Moon), 2810 (Turquoise), and 3770 (Stonewashed Denim). For quilted pillows, I usually baste a layer of thin batting and a piece of muslin behind it to ensure stability. Though it's densely quilted, the pillow is super soft!

I was quilting at sunset one day and had to take this picture. The sun really shows off the texture.

The backing was a long-stashed yard of Euclid linen by Carolyn Friedlander; I used up a whole yard with just a few small scraps left! I think it gives this pillow even more stability, and it meshes well with the front color scheme. I love to sneak my tags into pillow backings.

This was a really fun "palate cleanser" of a project, and I really feel like I actually used up scraps this time (unlike other scrappy projects I tend to engage with. Haha).

If you'd like a book that teaches you effective ways to use your scraps, make sure to check this one out! Visit Kelly's blog for a giveaway, and visited her Etsy shop for a signed copy. Please check your local quilt shop, Amazon, and Martingale for unsigned copies. Finally, view more book projects at the links below - enjoy!

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                      Connie @ Freemotion by the River
                            Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts
4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                              Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                  Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                          Christa @ Christa Quilts
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
7/9- Take Flight (free bonus pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                             Paula @ The Sassy Quilter


  1. This is so cute! I have to agree -- I actually felt like I had made a dent in my scraps with my Stash Statement project!

  2. This looks fantastic, Jess, and like just the thing to cuddle up with. How big did it finish?

  3. Love your body pillow! Those colors are awesome, and the quilting is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for participating in the Stash Statement blog tour.

    :) Kelly

  4. I like that you made a body pillow and that it was all scraps....well except maybe the background. Great job. Love your lable in the seam.

  5. Your pillow is so beautiful, and I love the way you quilted it. I'm doing scrap quilts every day, and I have to try this soon. Thank you.

  6. What great results!!! Beautiful colors are speaking my language.

  7. This is wonderful - such inspiration to dig into my stash of scraps!

  8. That was a great idea to make a pillow cover with that pattern. Really nice!

  9. What a great use of Kelly's pattern!! More manageable than making a(nother) big quilt, too.

  10. I'm curious about the size too. That said, I really like your finish! Love your mix of colors and the quilting really sets it off.

  11. Great idea to make a pillow. It looks great.

  12. I really like how you took the design and made it into a pillow, it looks great!

  13. I love the variety of printed scraps you used here. It makes me want to snoop around your scrap bin!


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