The Farm Pillow

by Nicole

Did I mention I’m hooked on Economy Blocks?!?

I would love to make a quilt with these blocks, but for now I can manage a pillow along with my ambitious project list. 

Allow me to introduce the Farm pillow.

Farm Pillow

This pillow is made of nine economy blocks, each finishing at 5.75 inches. That’s a little bit bigger than the 5″ blocks used in the Economy Block Along. I chose that size so that the nine blocks would fit a 17″ pillow form.

I debated about whether or not to quilt the pillow top, but decided that the quilting may help give the patchwork some stability to withstand frequent washings. I gave invisible thread another try for the quilting and am happy with the results.

Farm Pillow2

The diagonal crosshatch is subtle and doesn’t distract from the animals on the farm. I usually prefer straight lines that are at least 1/2″ apart, but thought that might be too dense for this pillow. Instead, I opted for 1″ lines. I think that spacing works.

The Farm pillow will live in my daughter’s preschool classroom. I’m have visions of the teacher using the pillow to start conversations or sing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” with the children. And it warms my heart to know that my daughter will have something mama made in her classroom when we are apart.

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday!

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Carla January 10, 2014 - 5:18 am

This is so cute! The quilting is great too.

Jenny January 10, 2014 - 5:43 am

Oh, it's soooo cute. The quilting is perfect and the color balance (?) — fabric choices and placement — is fantastic. I don't know quite what I'm saying, except this pillow really works, in my opinion. πŸ™‚

Debbie January 10, 2014 - 5:49 am

Oh how cute is this! Darling, Nicole!!

Amira@littlemushroomcap January 10, 2014 - 5:54 am

Adorable. I love it!

carla January 10, 2014 - 5:56 am

Hi!!!! It is so adorable!!!! I bet all the kids enjoy it!!!!

Lisa Lisa January 10, 2014 - 6:00 am

I absolutely love this pillow. Now I want to make one πŸ™‚

sophie January 10, 2014 - 6:25 am

so so pretty!! lucky children who will be able to see and use this everyday!!

Diane January 10, 2014 - 6:27 am

Adorable and ideal for a preschool.

Ada Kopitopoulou January 10, 2014 - 6:44 am

Lovely pillow! This year I quilted the Christmas pillows I made, while last year I didn't. Must say, that the quilted ones look much nicer. The children in preschool will adore your pillow. What a nice gesture.

Fran January 10, 2014 - 7:23 am

Perfect! Haven't started my economy blocks yet, but pulled some fabric and won't have enough for a quilt, so may stick to a cushion too!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans January 10, 2014 - 7:45 am

The farm animals are perfect and so is the quilting – I love it!!!

Patchwork and Play January 10, 2014 - 8:24 am

What a perfect thing for the classroom! Totally cute and beautifully made!

Annabella January 10, 2014 - 8:51 am

Oh my goodness, what a perfect idea for the pre-school classroom and as you say, something of mama's for your daughter to snuggle.

Lorna McMahon January 10, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Love the fabrics you chose for your Economy Blocks and the quilting is just right! Very sweet cushion, Nicole!

pennydog January 10, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Oh yes, I love this!

Izzy January 10, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Adorable! I wasn't planning to get on that bandwagon, but after seeing your pillow, I might have to. πŸ™‚

Abby January 10, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Oh my goodness – this is SO cute! Love the animals you picked and your economy blocks are PERFECT!!

Heidi Grohs January 10, 2014 - 5:39 pm

AMAZING!!!! <3

Sara January 10, 2014 - 6:04 pm

How sweet is that– for your daughter's classroom?! πŸ™‚ I made a couple pillows for my son's kindergarten classroom a few months ago.

Rita January 10, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Beautiful pillow and beautiful sentiment! πŸ™‚

hetty January 10, 2014 - 6:37 pm

I have been seeing these economy blocks all over the internet lately. Now that I see yours I want to make a pillow! How cute!!!!

Paige January 10, 2014 - 11:29 pm

Cute, cute, cute! I have been resisting the economy block "pull" so far but fear I might fall prey soon.

Debbie January 11, 2014 - 12:36 am

Way tooo cute!!! I love the farm pillow!

pandchintz January 11, 2014 - 1:25 am

So cute!!

Quilting Nanny January 11, 2014 - 1:38 am

I love it! Perfect for a younger child to learn animals and sounds etc!

Suzanne January 11, 2014 - 6:40 pm

You have me thinking. I have a piece of fabric with farm animals on it and was going to use it for I spy but the scale isn't right and there would be a lot of waste. These blocks might work much better and would help me get more mileage out of the cut. Thank you!

Joy January 12, 2014 - 12:50 am

So cute… Nicole.

Janis January 12, 2014 - 5:21 am

So so sweet. I love that its going in your daughters room! You rock, best mom ever!!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs January 12, 2014 - 12:34 pm

This is so cute, I love it!

holly January 12, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Would you mind sharing the measurements for the different pieces. I would like to try to make a 17" pillow cover. I have a little someone who would love a similar pillow. Thanks for the inspiration!

charlotte January 13, 2014 - 11:28 am

Sew Cute!! Love those little farm animals!

DaisyLiz January 13, 2014 - 8:39 pm

I had to come back and get another look at this pillow! I just love it! And I love the idea that your little one has a "piece" of you in her classroom. I want to tuck that idea away for the future. πŸ˜‰

Kelly Feltault January 14, 2014 - 2:31 am

excellent use of the economy block and your pillow really sets off the fun and whimsy of these fabrics

Catholic Bibliophagist January 26, 2014 - 1:20 am

Could you share your measurements for this sized block? Thank you.


Teje Karjalainen October 9, 2014 - 8:34 am

This is so beautiful and the Fabrics Super fun!

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