the intrepid thread scrap challenge

I was super excited to be picked to participate in Rachel's Intrepid Thread Scrap Challenge.  The fabrics involved in the challenge are GORGEOUS, but one thing that I liked about participating is that they aren't colors that I normally use (though I don't know why because I loved working with them!).

When I commented on Rachel's blog to participate, I said that I would like to make some extra cushions for our floor.  We live in a cozy little two bedroom townhouse and we could never really have too many pillows for extra seating.
intrepid thread scrap challenge pillow 1
stitch and flip pillow closeup
I started out by making this one using some black yarn-dyed essex linen to make stitch and flip triangles.  It fits a 24" pillow form.  When I finished this one up, I realized that there was plenty of fabric left to make a second pillow.
intrepid thread scrap challenge pillow 2
half rectangle triangle pillow closeup
For this one I used half rectangle triangles using this tutorial. I quilted it by echoing the zig zag with lines 1 inch apart and then added a few zig zags of hand quilting in orange perle cotton.  It fits a 20 inch pillow form.

We have already put these guys to good use when hanging out in my kids room yesterday afternoon. They are nice for lounging.
Harper with a pillow
For stacking.
Jonah and pillows
And for tackling each other.
And here is the back.  I used this tutorial to finish them up.
pillow backs
My daughter insisted that she needed to take a photo of me with one of the pillows.  Yes, it's 3 in the afternoon and I'm still in my pajamas and have no makeup on.  It was a holiday, don't judge me!
me with intrepid thread pillow


  1. They are so cool! I love your pillows and the fact that @ 3 in the afternoon with no makeup and your pajamas you are so cute! I can promise I was looking much worse yesterday. ;)

  2. I'm not judging...I would if I could!
    Oh, and I need to get a magnifying glass out because I can't read those house prices which I don't think would be as expensive as here anyway. It was in the paper last week that the average house prices here are around the $700,000 mark!

  3. hello! i'm new to the blog! i love your fabric choices. could you tell me what lines they are from? thanks!

  4. The photos of the pillows and your family are just beautiful - great makes!

  5. I love seeing your cute face, Erica. And amazingly, I swear you look exactly the same as you did the last time I saw you!

  6. I like what you did with the challenge!

  7. Beautiful pillow! You look lovely by the way.

  8. These pillows are delicious! I especially love the stitch and flip triangles.
    And your kiddos are adorable!

  9. Super cute pillows!

    Why would I judge? That's my favorite outfit!

  10. Erica, what a great job! Your photos are amazing too. I'm totally looking forward to sharing this when I get back on Monday! And congrats on your quilt being at QuiltCon!

  11. Erica these are wonderful. I love the pattern of your first and the mix of hand and machine quilting on the second. The black yarn-dyed linen complement the fabrics beautifully.

  12. They look great! The colors end up looking so cheerful together especially with the dark background and I like the quilting.

  13. So so beautiful! I'm glad I found your blog today!


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