Rose Garden fabric, a pretty pillow and place mats

Gerri Robinson is the artist behind Planted Seed Designs and like me, she designs fabric for Riley Blake Designs. Gerri's latest collection is called Rose Garden and it features beautiful roses in paisley, plaid and florals with soft pastels of pink, grey and taupe. Isn't the color palette dreamy?

Soft and pretty colors like these are perfect in a bedroom so I decided to make a quilted pillow with this lovely stash. I've been itching to try the kaleidoscope block so this was perfect timing to jump right in and make a pillow. I designed my own 5" Foundation Paper Piecing template but it's a common pattern you can find with a google search.

I  love piecing with paper because it gives me better chances of matching up my seams to get perfect points. Below you can see I've got all my blocks ready to sew together.


I love the EASY PILLOW BINDING that I used on my PANDA Quilted Pillow recently and wanted to try that binding method again. Cindy Cloward of Riley Blake Designs gives a great video tutorial HERE.

Of course, I had to take my quilted pillow cover outside to get the obligatory photo on my old rustic fence. Everything looks better hanging on an old fence don't you think? haha!!

And here is a close up view of the quilting and the kaleidoscope block. For the back of the pillow cover, I chose the paisley print below. Isn't it gorgeous?

I will be giving this pillow away as a birthday gift, but for now it is looking lovely in the Autumn light on the banquette in our kitchen.

But that's not all! I had some extra fabric pieces left, so I gave them to my friend Anne and she made these beautiful quilted place mats. Didn't she do a great job?! She's donating these to our local Community Seniors "Meals On Wheels". Our quilt guild has collectively donated hundreds of place mats over the years and they are sincerely appreciated by the clients who receive them.

What a great cause for quilting and a lucky couple will enjoy having these beauties on their dining table.