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Home is Where The Heart Is Pillow Tutorial

Even though Valentine’s Day is already upon us, this pillow will last the whole month of February with its color and charm.  I think I need a pillow for each month of the year, don’t you?

Home is Where the Heart Is Pillow Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterYou can download the pdf instructions here:  Home is Where The Heart is Pillow.

“Home is Where the Heart Is” seemed like the perfect name for this little pillow.  I free motion quilted that saying in the borders:

Home is Where the Heart is Pillow Tutorial @ The Crafty QuilterHome is Where the Heart is Pillow Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

Most of the fabric came from “Ruby” by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.  I have been loving this fabric ever since it came out.  I’m finally busting into my fat quarter tower and playing!

Ruby 2The pillow measures 16″ square.  It can be made using scraps for the house and a few fat quarters for the borders and backing.

Home is Where the Heart is Pillow Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

I added a covered zipper to the back of the pillow.  It’s worth the extra effort, considering this is such a quick project.

pillow back copyI used my favorite tutorial from Amy Made That! for adding covered zippers to the back of a pillow.

I’m making a duplicate of this house, but it’s going to be a wall hanging.  I’m hand embroidering the letters using two strands of DMC embroidery floss and a stem stitch.  This is new territory for me, but it’s a great way to pass the time while watching the Olympics!

embroidery copy

If you would like to download the lettering, I’ve made a pdf file for you.  Click here: Home is where the heart is.  I printed it out at full scale and traced it using a light box and a water soluble pen.  The “H” is a free monogram pattern from Needle ‘N Thread.  This is a great resource for embroidery tutorials, videos and patterns.

words drawn before copywords drawn after copy

I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day from my house to yours!

Tulips and pillowJulie


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  1. I just love your tutorials – they are so clear. What a lovely Valentine treat to receive this wonderful pillow tute. I too like Amy’s pillow backs – they are so easy yet look so stylish. This is definitely on my to-do list. Happy Valentine.

  2. This is just the cutest pillow ever!! Thank you for the pattern and tute, I will be making….”a few” 😉 I add hand embroidery to most of my projects, I think you may find it addicting..

  3. OH, Julie, thank you so very much!! I am a lover of house patterns and you certainly have a real beautiful pillow here! I plan to make this real soon. I haven’t checked the covered zipper yet – but I never knew there even was such a thing. That sounds great – not having to take a chance washing the polyfil and hoping for the best. You are very talented and generous. Blessings to you!!!

  4. Julie, you amaze me with your projects and creativity. I just received a note from our email coordinator from my community (Sunday school class). We are having a memorial for a class member today (I’m taking a salad for the family luncheon) and two members broke hips. Most of us are in our 60’s – some are older. So, you don’t expect broken hips YET! One guy fell on the ice Sunday and a lady fell moving. This coordinator often makes jam or something and does a giveaway in our class. I was thinking I could make a pillow or a wall hanging or small table runner (mug rug) – I’m not sure how it would classify or if it matters. I could offer it as a giveaway. I met a nice gentleman at GriefShare at church (yes, he has a gf). His wife was in our guild. I didn’t really know her. She was our night librarian for at least a year. He is a leader now – it’s hard to get guys to be leaders, I think and she died about a year ago, I think. Anyhow, last night, when he got there he came and gave me the nicest hug. He asked if I would like some of his wife’s old quilting magazines. Some guild ladies had taken most of her quilting things and he had found these. I thought that was so nice. He is friends with one of my (and my ex-husband’s) good acquaintances in our community. He joined our community last year at the end of the year. So, it’s nice to have a friend who understands the hobby (passion as he called it). I think I’m going to gift him (and his friend) tickets to our quilt show in June. I don’t know if she is into that or not. If not, he can take one of his sons. Do you think that’s an idea? Anyhow, I really want to thank you for all your generosity of sharing wonderful ideas. I know I’m healing when I want to do something and I want to do for others, too! I received in the mail this week my first fat quarter bundle. I splurged and bought a Kona solid bundle (23 pieces) to use in my GFG quilt. Now, I just want to play and play. Now, decisions, decisions, decisions – do I take my DWR I’m binding to stitch group on Monday or do I take my pretty fabrics and work on GFG?? I have to leave a little early due to a dental appointment, so…. Again, many, many thank and all the links – you make it much, much easier for us!

  5. Thanks Julie for this idea. A pillow for each month, Yes! I’d like it! This pillow is full of love and charm! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too, door to door 🙂

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