Cosmic Burst Pillow Cover

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Earlier this week, I received some charms of Cosmic Burst for Freespirit from the designer, Mark Cesarik. The colors and patterns in this line are much brighter than what I tend to select when I am purchasing fabric. But I always love sewing with different fabrics and in different styles. When I saw these fabrics, I thought about pairing them with black slub linen.

In the end, I used a combination of black slub linen and a crossweave. I chose a block from 5500 Quilt Block Designs called Mona’s Choice (#688, page 57). I have mentioned this book on my blog before. It is a great resource for blocks. The book supplies the block image but you need to figure out the construction yourself.

I drafted a paper pieced pattern and used Cosmic Burst for the colorful bits, adding in a few Kona solids since I didn’t have enough of the prints.

The pillow front is quilted with a variegated Aurifil 40 wt. thread. I backed the pillow in the crossweave. And yes…

I went with my favorite invisible zipper closure again. This time I used a black invisible zipper, as always, purchased from ZipIt. Every time I show an invisible zipper, someone asks if I have a tutorial or if I will post one. I haven’t only because there are a ton of them out there already so it would just be redundant. If you google it, you will find just want you need! If you have any questions though, feel free to email me and I will see if I can help you out.
I was able to finish up my pillow cover this morning thanks to the Sew In at Sew Fresh Fabrics. It was a rare treat to get to sew on a Saturday morning. Usually I am on kid duty then! Thank you Peg and Becca for your hospitality.
Cosmic Burst will be available in April 2012. I have listed this pillow in my shop if you are interested.