This month we feature some ideas for throw pillows...
These marvelous pillows were created for us by Mary Madill in North Oaks Minnesota. Mary shares some of her discoveries in working with Jane's vibrant patterns:
Janes Exotic Garden fabrics were delightful to work with. Their vibrant colors and dramatic motifs made this pillow project just lots of fun. With so many companions in the group, the possibilities were endless!
I wanted to play up the whimsy I felt while accessing the different fabric. The fan-shaped pillow used the actual motif from one of the fabrics to create the scalloped edge along the top. The pillow design just evolved as I played with different combinations and shapes to create the fan layout. The gold tassel seemed just the right accent to compliment the unusual shape and the bright colors.
For the hat box pillow, I loved the variegated look of the dots when used to make cording for the edges. I actually started with just a round pillow in mind, but when it began looking like a hat box, I decided it needed a handle (whimsy again!). The bold colors allowed simple black accents to complete the look without becoming too busy.
The envelope pillow is my favorite. The dot fabric works as a kind of neutral to allow the busier designs to stand out. Again the vibrant colors make the statement, but elegant black trim, button and tassel punctuate the design.
The square pillow was a simple way to enjoy several patterns at once. The variety of scale and motif in the collection begs for the fabrics to be combined. It was just more fun to see them together (it could have been more complex to incorporate even more of the patterns, but I was short on time). The fabrics were interesting enough that all I needed to finish were colorful fringe and a simple button.
It was so easy to create beautiful combinations with these collections. You can't go wrong! They all work perfectly together. The next time I use Janes fabrics, Im going to investigate sources of trims and accessories that come in bold colors. Pink and turquoise accents would have made the pillows even more fun. I look forward to new designs. Janes creativity is an inspiration!
For more ideas using Jane's Exotic Garden Fabric line, go to The Exotic Quilt Gallery.