Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Heart Pillows

I'm joining Kara for "Look what I made" party.

Well it's been a long time, but I got the old sewing machine out and made a couple of heart pillows. For, oh I don't know maybe 26 years I have had this old worn and stained quilt that my husbands grandmother had made. I mean it is old and it is worn, but I have loved it. I love quilts. See my previous post on quilts here.

Anyway I decided I needed to make a pillow from it. It was hard to find a spot that wasn't messed up or stained, so I didn't feel too bad about cutting it up, because I have thought about doing something like this for years with this old quilt. I honestly couldn't cut up any of my other quilts, but this one seems to be appropriate. Anyway it is the same pattern front and back. Whatcha think? I have this great big quilt book and I looked this pattern up. It is an Amish pieced quilt, called Solomon's Puzzle. Outside of the Amish circles it is known as Drunkard's Path. I like the first name better, but anyway how cool is this? Love it even more now that I know the name. Wish I had met my husbands grandmother before she passed away in the late 70's. I thought the old scale next to the pillow made a nice vignette.

Now this is a smaller heart pillow that I made to mail to Kim at Daisy Cottage, she is collecting heart pillows to give to a widow of one of her followers, Tabitha, who lost her battle with cancer recently. If you have never seen Kim's blog you will understand how this woman gained strength and encouragement from Kim's skillful, thoughtful posts. See the letter that her husband shared with Kim here and the pillow sharing idea here.

So in thinking about what I needed to put this pillow together, I thought of the GW. So while there I found a quilted placemat that had a heart in the middle of it. So I cut it out and used the backing from the placemat too.


  1. Those heart pillows turned out wonderful. They are so cute!

  2. Dear Marla,

    Your heart is absolutely beautiful - and is a reflection of your OWN heart. I can't thank you enough for your generosity and kindness.


  3. Marla you are so talented, what's a sewing machine? (just kidding) I can't even sew on a button. I think you did good by using the old quilt, now instead of it being stored away to just get in worse condition, you have brought it out and made something with it to share with the rest of us.

  4. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments.
    Your heart pillow from the old quilt turned out fabulous. Perfect way to preserve a memory.

  5. ...also love your collage header.

  6. Marla, those pillows are the sweetest! You did a beautiful job!

    Thanks for the tutorial!


  7. Your hearts are great! Love the pillow!

  8. These are SO cute!!! I just found your blog through Creations by Kara. I've never thought of using old quilts to make pillows, it's such a great idea!

  9. I love the quilt pillow. I think Drunkard's path is a funny name!

    Thanks for sharing your craftiness!

  10. Those are just wonderful!
    Perfect for V-day!

    Have a great day!

  11. I just love the pillows, especially in the first arrangement with the scale, it's a lovely design and nice memento (love those old quilts, too!)

  12. Hi Marla...I think I have that same worn quilt...same pattern and color...I think I'll follow your lead and make some heart pillows too!
    Your turned out great...
    Love your blog template, have a great week,
    xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  13. These are sweet and it is hard, i think, to make heart pillows look good! Thanks for your comments on my blog!

  14. What a wonderful idea! I have a favorite quilt from my grandma too. I will have to do this when it finally wears out. Thanks for sharing!