Friday, 16 October 2015

Feelin' Fruity

Spring is here!  The garden in our new house is showing it's hand and we've just tasted our first, ripe mangos for the season.

Mangos are not cheap this time of the year in Perth.  I measure most expenses in FQ's these days ... and the mangos I bought were about two FQ's worth ... but seeing the glee on the girl's faces when eating them was so worth it.

For now though (and until the mangos come down in price) we'll stick to strawberries and pineapples.

The new house calls for new soft furnishings in the girl's bedrooms ... and as they can't quite make up their minds on what quilts they would like, I started by making them some new cushions.

Miss 5 (note she's a whole hand old now!) wanted a strawberry cushion ...

and Miss 4 (who thinks she's five) requested a pineapple cushion ...

I used some low volume scraps to bulk out to the required size and straight line quilting approximately 1/2" apart.

They are fully lined with a zipper on the bottom for robustness ... I'm sure they'll be engaged in some pillow fighting at some point of their existence!

The cushions also have a pocket on the back, the perfect spot for a bedtime story book.

Our girls have a story every night at bedtime and they put the book they would like read to them in the pockets ... Although these days my Pre-Primary girl is starting to read to me ... how exciting is that?!

Miss 4 aka Happy Customer

We'll be onto War and Peace in no time ...


The cushions finish at approx 18" square
Strawberry paper pieced pattern found here
Pineapple pattern found here

Linking up to TGIFF and Crazy Mom Quilts


  1. Love the pockets - great idea and they look very lush and fruity. Great photo of miss 4 hugging her cushion!

  2. The pillows are great and I *love* the idea of the pockets to hold the books to read to them. I am also smitten with the pineapple print on the back of that pillow.

  3. These are really beautiful pillows for your daughters to enjoy. It's nice that each has a fruit but they are constructed a bit differently. I like the speckled background print on the strawberry pillow and the lush yellow of the pineapple.

  4. Beautiful pillows! The stem on the strawberry is just perfect! I can see the pillows are already dearly loved and cherished.

  5. Those are awesome pillow. Your fabric choose is perfect, my kids would also love those... We grow strawberries on our farm.

  6. I love the pineapple with a pocket, your girl clearly loves it!

  7. I really like the scrappiness of the backgrounds. I will have to try that on a humidicrib. (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.)
    The pineapple print on the back of C's is perfect! Given her a few more years before War and Peace!

  8. Love the reading pillows you've made for your girls! Such a cool idea!

  9. Adorable! The Dear Stella multicolour dot on the strawberry pillow is one of my favourites!

  10. Such lovely cushions for your two little girls. And the pocket is such a great idea!

  11. I am taking great pleasure in introducing my 5 yeasr old to the classics...Charlotte's Web, Anne of Green Gables, and hopefully soon The Velveteen Rabbit.

  12. The book pocket is such a smart way to engage your girls in reading. How fun to have your child begin reading aloud to you. You could encourage a pink/yellow color scheme for their quilts and bedding. That would narrow things down, at least. Your paper-piecing is beautifully done! You might consider an "I Spy" quilt of PP blocks, but this comes from someone who appliques rather than PP.

  13. So sweet and pretty. The low volume is perfect in these pillows.

  14. These pillows are so cute. I love all the prints that you used. The back book pocket is such a wonderful idea. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

  15. Those are just the cutest! I am loving low volume projects.

  16. These fruity cushions are so fun and they look so squishy and soft. I love the special book pocket that adds an extra sweetness to bedtime stories!

  17. Such cute pillows Serena - I used the same pineapple fabric on the back of my pineapple runner:)



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