Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christmas Tree Topiary Pillow

More Christmas in July

With all of my newly made Christmas decorations out at my house, and the  piles of Christmas fabric laying about, you could easily believe that I think it is Christmas time already!
Christmas in July  is the July ATPSA project

I just have this energy and desire to make holiday projects now, during " Christmas in July."  (I figure I should make them now, because you never know what will take up my time in December. :)  )

I am normally not very competitive, but something deep inside of me would not rest until I made my own Christmas Tree Topiary Pillow.... like Amy and Amanda have both made!  (Maybe it became irresistible to me  because they BOTH made such beautiful pillows...)

Amy's pillow-
Amy's Christmas Tree Topiary Pillow    designed by Amy @  Amy Made That!
photo by Amy Made That!
Amanda's pillow-
Amanda's  Christmas Tree Topiary Pillow
photo by  The Patchsmith

Isn't fun to see how two talented and  beautiful quilters create their own beautiful pillows, using  the same pattern!

Well, after taking my time to decide what colors I'd like to use for my own pillow, it didn't take long to cut out, iron and sew up my own pillow.
Fabrics used:    French Poinsettia  London Portfolio for Michael Miller  (for back and seeds)
                       393 Pindot    Makower UK   (green with gold dots)
                       Majestic Yule  by Sentimental Studios for Moda  (red and creme with gold paisley for front )
                         Moda Marbles blender green  (seeds)
                       Heat-n-Bond   fusible for backs of seeds to applique
                       Pellon Fusible Fleece  FF 987
Making the seed applique, using  Heat-n-Bond fusible

Susie's    Christmas Tree Topiary Pillow
The pattern makes a pillow about 17 1/2 inches square, and I only had a 20 inch square pillow form, so I squeezed it in. It is very plump!!  Another reason I wanted to make this pillow, is that it looks so great with the  covered zipper pillow backing.  Amy has a free tutorial ,that makes this elegant zipper back easy to make. (A great first zipper installation project!)

Pillow back     with the Covered Zipper backing
This was the first pillow back that I made with a zipper.  It is very easy to create , and looks so elegant!
The zipper is hiding
I had fun picking out a red  zipper that matched this French Poinsettia fabric.  I get assortments of the 14 inch zippers, in lots of delicious colors, online at   Zip It .  They have excellent customer service and a huge selection.  
Back of pillow

I love this Majestic Yule fabric.  That is in my Moda holiday stash !
My Christmas Tree Topiary Pillow is all ready for Christmas!

By the way, did I mention that this  pillow pattern is  a free pattern from Amy !   Both Amanda  and Amy were bloggers , sharing free patterns in Julie C's  The Crafty Quilter Christmas in July Blog Hop .

Hop on over to our  Across The Pond Sew Along Flickr group to see what everyone is making !  Put your project in , too!  We love seeing what you make ! :)

Merry Christmas  July!!
I'm off to my sewing room!

I am linking up to:  Sew Cute Tuesday @ Better off thread
                            Sew Darn Crafty @ Sew Many Ways


  1. Your pillow is stunning - front and back.

  2. Love your pillow - I've used Amy's tutorial too, it's so easy and looks great.
    Saw your cushion on the Better off Thread blog so thought I'd pop over and say hello :)

  3. I just love this beauty! Great red zipper surprise, and the little poinsettia star at the top is a great finish. Awesome!

  4. Hi Suzie,
    I love the colors you chose for your pillow! I liked seeing the other projects and then yours too! I participated in Julie the Crafty Quilter's Christmas in July along with Amy and Amanda and have am happy to be inspired to work on Christmas projects this month too! Julie has set up a Flickr group (called Christmas in July projects-- but I had a hard time finding it on Flickr so it works out better if you click on the link from her July 19th post) for everyone who makes something from any of the tutorials and also any Christmas projects anyone wants to share. I was hoping you would add yours!

  5. Merry Christmas! I bought a reindeer T shirt today. This year I won't be scroogeing it up!

    1. Oh, but won't Scroogantha be upset she can't come out and play?! teehee
      Did they have Christmas t shirts out for sale in a store already?
      Merry Christmas to you!

  6. Good job! I like your fabrics, pretty prints indeed! Well done all of you ladies.

  7. You did a FABULOUS job on this pillow, Susie! I can't WAIT to make mine! I'm committed to a couple swaps and another project, all needing complete by Sept 3rd, so I won't have any 'me' time sewing until next month...which I can't wait! This pillow is definitely on my 'to-do' list....especially after seeing the ones you all created! xoxo


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