Friday, January 29, 2016

Castle Pillow & fabric giveaway with Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter Shop has designed another sweet project in their Sew Solid Series: a Castle Pillow fit for a young king or queen . . . or in my case, a little princess.  This 20” x 20” pillow was a delight to put together.  In fact, as I was working on this project, I kept thinking of how my daughter would have loved it when she was a young girl.  It’s the perfect size to snuggle up against with a good book or while watching a favorite princess movie.



I looked at a lot of pretty fabric when making my selection for this project, and in the end it was no contest for me.  I chose the blue floral and yellow stripe from “Bloom and Bliss” by Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis & Higgs for Riley Blake Designs.  I know . . . princess usually equals pink.  But when my daughter was young, her bedroom was decorated in soft blues and butter yellows, her favorite colors at the time.  Nadra's fabric is just too darling.



To pump up the sweetness factor, I added jumbo white ric rac in a few areas and three pretty blue buttons from my grandmother’s button jar.  I kept the quilting simple by outlining the castle and a few additional areas of straight line quilting.  I had never used this binding technique on a pillow before, which seems silly as it is exactly like binding a quilt.  It is definitely a finishing touch I will use on future pillows!




The Fat Quarter Shop has kits available for the Queen Castle Pillow and the King Castle Pillow in beautiful Bella Solids by Moda. 
The pattern is available as a free PDF download, but you can also view their handy video tutorial here for instructions!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJmc5M3nhuw



I hope you’ll visit these other bloggers who are sharing their own Castle Pillow creations. 

Peta of She Quilts Alot
Jenn of Mommy Sew

And now, drumroll . . . we have a giveaway for you to enter!  What fun!  The kind folks at the Fat Quarter Shop have donated this darling half yard bundle of Riley Blake fabrics! All you need to do is leave a comment below and you'll be entered. Comments are open through 5:00 pm (CST) on Wednesday, February 3.  That evening, I will do a random drawing and announce the winner.   *Only one comment per person/per email address.  Email me if you are having trouble leaving a comment and I will leave a comment on your behalf.  (carriedawayquilting@gmail.com)




Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Please visit the Fat Quarter Shop to see all the wonderful products they have available for you!  Just click on their banner ad in the left sidebar of this page.  Here's hoping you get carried away quilting often!

~Taunja

127 comments:

  1. Love your castle! The buttons add the right touch.

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  2. I love non taditional pink for little girls...and this is sooooo cute!!

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  3. This pillow is beautiful. Love your choice of fabric!

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    1. Thanks so much Kim! I just love that fabric!

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  4. Darling pillow! Thanks for sharing info on how to make one of my own.

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    1. Thank you Allison! It's a really fun project!

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  5. One word describes this pillow: SWEET!

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  6. These are the colors of my daughter's years-ago bedroom also! What a sweet memory. The pillow is just delicious!

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    1. Thank you! It was a sweet memory for me too! ;)

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  7. It's beautiful I LOVE the added touch of the ric-rac.Would love to make one for a granddaughter.

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    1. Thank you Patti! I hope you do. It was really fun and easy!

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  8. Your castle is super sweet! I think I would add a secret pocket and make it a tooth fairy castle!

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    1. Thanks Beth! My daughter and I talked about doing that . . . or a pocket for a little tiny princess doll! ;)

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  9. I love the ric-rac addition and your use of prints. I have the Bloom and Bliss collection and now I know what to use it for: castle pillows for my granddaughters. Thanks for the idea!

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  10. Very cute, love the extra details you added!

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  11. I love the way you interpreted your castle pillow. It's just adorable.

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  12. Pretty pillow and fabric collection. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  13. I love the yellow and blue. May have to make a few of these for future baby showers!

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  14. How adorable!! I love these colors! Just perfect!

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  15. I love your pillow! I've made a couple of baby quilts out of the Bloom and Bliss collection, and they turned out to be adorable. Such happy fabric...

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  16. It's a pretty pillow.. The fabric reminds me of the summer sky :)

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  17. Love the colors. It is darling. Hope to make one for my sweet grandchild.

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  18. What great fabric choices! My daughter's not a huge pink fan so this is just right.

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    1. Thanks Esther! This SO took me back to my daughter's young days!

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  19. Some young lady in your life is very lucky! Your pillow is lovely. The rickrack & buttons you've used just add to its charm. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Thank you Kathleen! The pillow is going somewhere special . . . which I'll also announce on Wednesday! :)

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  20. I love your pillow! The fabric choices and extra trim are adorable. Thanks for a chance at the cute little bundle!

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  21. I love all of the adornment and the fabric choice of your castle. I love adding buttons to my quilted projects.

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    1. I do too! For years I just left my grandma's button jar "untouched" as decoration. Now I just use them whenever I want. That's what they are for and I know she'd like it!

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  22. That pillow is beautiful! I love the pale blue buttons, and the fabrics are just perfect!

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    1. Thank you Abby! I just love this fabric too!

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  23. Oh, how adorable!! This is the cutest castle pillow by far! I have to admit, when I first saw the two original solids versions, I was not cracked up about the pillows at all. However, your version is so cute that it makes me want to make it too! I love the "Bloom and Bliss" collection so very much- I don't have any of it- and I have got to try and get some so I can make a version of your pillow for my niece! How sweet! Also, thank you for running a contest and thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for such an amazing giveaway!! Ann :)

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    1. You would love making this project Ann! It's a really fun pattern and with each step of the way, you just want to smile at what unfolds!

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  24. This little fabric bundle would make adorable castle pillows for my 4 granddaughters and would be sweeter thank candy as a valentine gift.

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  25. Such a cute pillow! I would love a blue solid bundle!

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  26. Love your version. So girly whilst not being pink. Trims only add to its charm.

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  27. Loving the details you added with the extra ric rac and buttons to make it extra unique! Maybe I'll make one for my own bed now..... :) And I always get carried away quilting..... I start when it's daylight and look up and suddenly its night time lol. :)

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    1. Sewing dawn to dusk! That's what I like to hear. ha!

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    2. This is the prettiest version of the pillow top yet. So soft and just lovely.

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  28. Blue and yellow are May favourite colour combination and this is absolutely adorable. Love the choice of print fabrics .
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Claire! I love yellow and blue also!

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  29. I love your choice of fabrics and your embellishments make the castle cushion just gorgeous....

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  30. Oh my goodness! This is just the most darling pillow/pattern! I really love the colors and patterns you chose and the buttons & rick rack are the perfect touch. How in the world do you keep on putting out such pretty things? Wish I could sit and stitch with you for a weekend for some pointers. Adding yet another project to the ever growing stack of Taunja Inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. You are always so thoughtful and kind with your comments Pam. I think we quilters just inspire each other and around and around it goes. Good for the soul (and keeps us out of trouble--ha!) Thank you!

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  31. This is just beyond sweet!! I love Bloom and Bliss which just makes this castle look even sweeter!! **SWOON**

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  32. So Lovely - such a cute fabric choice!

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  33. Love the pillow. I have a sweet little grandgirl that would love it! Thank you for the entry

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  34. Great pillow, I love the rick rack and buttons that you added.

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  35. Your castle is brilliant, I love the extra ric rac you added.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  36. This pillow is darling! I absolutely adore the buttons! So sweet.

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    1. Thanks Steph! Nothing beats Grandma's buttons!

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  37. Seeing the different castle pillows are awesome . Nothing beats the feeling of be royalty for child. Thank you for sharing.

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  38. Love your pillow The fabric is so sweet!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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    1. Thank you! It certainly is sweet fabric! :)

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  39. Your colors are sweet and I adore the ric-rac! Gorgeous pillow!

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  40. I love this pattern! I am going to make this pillow for each of my great nieces and nephews for Christmas. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  41. Simply sweet creation! Awesome giveaway to someone who shares your love of quilting!

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  42. Darling Pillow as are all of your projects. And.... I love the fabrics. Where do you find the time girl? You are simply amazing AND inspiring to boot!

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    1. Oh thank you Pat! The fabrics are too darling, aren't they? ;)

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  43. This fabric bundle is adorable and so sweet! I love how you used the jumbo ric-rac on the windows. I am a big fan of ric-rac and am always looking for new ideas!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I'm kind of a fab of jumbo ric rac too! :)

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  44. Your pillow is so lovely! The Riley Blake fabric and embellishments are perfect!

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  45. I love the blue and yellow instead of pink--I don't mind pink, but it's definitely not my preferred color scheme.

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    1. There IS just something about blue and yellow!

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  46. The pearls and crown in the corner are a cute touch.

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  47. Lovely fabrics! Love that pattern and thanks for sharing the link! I went and printed it out! Can't wait to make for my little princesses!

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    1. Oh that is so nice to hear! It's a really fun project. I was so happy with it when I was done!

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  48. I love blue and yellow! Thanks for the opportunit. Follow you on Ig and that's where I found your blog.
    jessamyn(dot)hawkins(at)gmail

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    1. I do too Mimi! I'll look for you back on IG! :)

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  49. Blue and yellow are favorites of mine too. Scandinavian colors!

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  50. With 5 grand daughters, this would be a great gift for me to make them. Super cute :)

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  51. I have fallen in love with this line. The colors are so gorgeous. Love that pillow too!

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  52. Yellow and blue should get married, there so perfect together! 💛💙💛💙💛💙💛💙💛

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  53. What a darling pillow! I love Bloom and Bliss, such a beautiful line of fabric!

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  54. I love your fabric and colour choices! I'd be so happy to win this gorgeous gift, thank you for hosting this giveaway! Xx

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  55. What an adorable project and those fabrics, so perfect!

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  56. Bloom & Bliss is wonderful. It's a little bit of sunshine even on a grey day. I would love to win this bundle of goodness to brighten mine! Such a cute cushion project too!

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    1. Thank you Lucky Shake! So fun to see you here too! It certainly is a bit of day brightening fabric!

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  57. A half-yard bundle of Riley Blake = Joy!!!

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  58. 💕🎀 Fabulous pillow! Love the addition of the ric rac! The tiara is absolutely adorable! 🎀💕

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  59. Your post on IG caught my eye. Blue & Yellow always catch my eye : ) Bloom & Bliss is such a darling little collection. My girls would love it!

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    1. Hi Anna!! Blue and yellow certainly are eye catching! Thank for stopping by the blog!

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  60. Love the fabrics you chose for this project! So pretty!

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