The March patterns for my 'Fabric-by-Fabric One-yard Wonders' sew along are the Wave Illusions pillow and the Gazillions of Gathers pillow. Now, a few months back, I made one Gazillions of Gathers pillow for a family gift exchange, so even though I'm planning to make another for this sew along, it won't be as much of an adventure. Because I had already tried one pattern, I started with the other - the Wave Illusions pillow.
Rather than making this pattern with one single yard of wool fabric as the book recommends, I tore apart a thrifted wool plaid skirt that I never wore. It was one of those thrift store buys that I couldn't pass up because I loved the fabric, even though the fit left something to be desired. I think its new life as a pillow will be lovely. Because I was working with less than a yard of fabric, I eliminated 2 tucks and made a 14"x14" pillow, rather than a 16"x16" pillow.
Even though I probably had enough wool plaid left over, I decided to do the back in coordinating fat quarters that I happened to have on hand. I'm a big fan of pillows with contrasting backs, so this pleases me immensely. I think I'll use some of the same fabrics on the back of my Gazillions of Gathers pillow, so that they coordinate.
I worry that maybe I'm not embracing the "one-yard" aspect of the 'One-yard Wonders', but I know this is silly. I think the best way to think of these patterns is that they are a frugal way to enjoy sewing - and what could be more frugal than using a dollar thrift store skirt?
As I mentioned above, I love sewing for others, and this pillow is no exception. I gave it to my mother, who thinks it will be the perfect addition to her guest room.
Also, just in case you didn't notice - Spring Flowers!!!