Sunday, 9 December 2012

Pillow Parade

Welcome to my blog, Mrs Moen, whether you’re a regular visitor or just stopping by working your way through SewCalGal’s Quilter's Christmas Party. I am sure you’re having fun already - lots of lovely blogs to visit, quilts to see and bloggers to meet; what’s not to love!

With Christmas just around the corner, I set everything else aside for a couple of days this week and got started on some Christmas quilting. It is always nice to have a few extra homemade presents ready at this time of the year; you never know when you’ll need one do you. I finished 5 pillow covers on Friday and a couple of hours later 3 of them were already spoken for. One of the others will be a prize in a giveaway tomorrow, so make sure to come back to enter the giveaway if you’d like a touch of pink for the holidays.

During a recent clean-up in my sewing room (embarrassing how many posts that have started with these words..) I found a box full of Christmas fabrics already cut into strips and shapes. They have been sitting there since I cut the houses for my Christmas village table runner more than 3 years ago. I had umpteen fabrics out already, so I decided to just keep cutting for a rainy day, and this week I started playing with them.

I wanted simple pillows that would fit anywhere, and started laying out rectangles for a panel for each one. 4 of the panels are quite similar, but they look totally different depending on the solid fabrics added on top and bottom.

This is the grey one (for my daughter)

and the brown one (which I wanted to keep but is for her friend)

the beige one (for a family friend)

the light dusty pink one (up for grabs in tomorrow’s giveaway)

and the pink one (also up for grabs tomorrow).

I love how they look together on my couch. Unfortunately I have run out of  many of the readymade rectangles and some of the solids, but maybe there will be time to whip up a few more before the holidays.

Here are the measurements in case you would like to make your own version of the pillows (fits a 20"*20" pillow form).

Feel free to have a look at my patterns, free patterns, tutorials and book while you're here, or do stop by anytime!

We’ll be celebrating Christmas Eve with the in-laws this year, and Christmas Day at home with our young ones - two adorable grandsons included. It will be lots of fun - good company, good food, loads of cuddles and laughs, and a few presents thrown into the mix. If you would like to know more about our typical Norwegian celebration, you can read about it here.

You will find the rest of the Quilter's Christmas Party quilts here.

Have fun!


  1. What fun pillows! Thanks for the diagram, and see you at the Christmas Party!

  2. I think pink and gold are great Christmas colors. Nice job on the pillows. I am still thinking about what I want to do for our gift exchange at our quilt guild meeting on Thursday. I guess I had better get cracking.

  3. thanks for the tutorial on the pillows, they are so nice..... seems we have the same delima with finding things when cleaning out the sewing room... I will take on that challenge in January when my Christmas Quilts are all delivered to my charities.

  4. Gorgeous pillow photos!
    What a fun party - I didn't even have to get out of my PJ's to attend! LOL

  5. Great cushions Nina Lise! I love the straight line quilting!

  6. Your pillows are adorable, and I clicked through to check out your Christmas Village table runner, too -- what a great idea! I don't have anywhere to set up a whole village full of figurines, shops etc. like some people do, but a quilted version would be nice to have. Merry Christmas!

  7. What a great pillow design - thank you for sharing!

  8. Adorable pillows! I would love to have one of these so I pop back tomorrow to enter your giveaway.

  9. Very sweet pillows! Thanks for sharing and joining this great party.

  10. Kjempe fine puter. Takk for mønster og ikkje minst inspirasjon .

  11. Since I think everything you make is wonderful, no surprise that I love the pillow, they look so fresh and fun. Thanks for sharing Nina.

  12. ohh the pillows are great - thanks for the pattern too!! But what really gave me a giggle was the comment of blog posts about cleaning your sewing room - 'cause it hit close to home on that one!

  13. What fun you have had making those great pillows. I'm sure those who receive them will absolutely love them.

    Have a wonderful holiday!


  14. I really like those pillows, you did a great job!

  15. I love the pillows -- what a fun way to use the Christmas fabrics. And thanks so much for the directions!

  16. Great pillows! I have to mention that all my grandparents/great-grandparents came from Norway and our family always makes lefse for Christmas. I already have some in the freezer and plan to make more. I'm thinking about making jule kake this year too. It's fun to have these traditions.

  17. Thank you for coming to the Quilter's Christmas Party. Your pillows are BEAUTIFUL. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. I love it and now want to see if I can get some made in time for Christmas gifts. I also have some fabrics cut that I think will work great. I really do appreciate you inspiring and sharing, as you always do.

    And, I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas too!


  18. Your workmanship is beautiful and these pillows would brighten anywear they sat. Thank-you for sharing them:) Hope you have a splendid Christmas too! (I have pillows my grandma crafted and treasure them very much.)