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Maui Fundraiser Pillow

Sometimes you're just heartbroken.....

When the news about the fires in Maui got to us, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I grew up on the West Coast and Hawaii has such a special place in my heart. We were able to go there several times when I was little, and I was able to take my family there for my 40th birthday a few years ago. It's beautiful there and the people are so friendly and full of life. I can't imagine the devastation they are going through.

After the fires, those "what can I do" feelings sunk in so when I saw the Aloha Fundraiser Pattern by Happy Sew Lucky I bought it instantly. Berene is donating 100% of the profit* from the sales of this pattern to the Maui Rapid Response Organization:

I know it's small and not enough but quilting makes me feel better and so this was destined to be my next WIP. I chose OHANA, which means family in Hawaiian. Not only immediate family, but also the family you make. Those that you care for in your community and the friendships in your life. I made the pillow top right away but then it sat there because I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish it. This weekend was all about finishing up some old projects so voila - here it is!

The prints are super old Amy Butler fabrics from years ago. I have been saving these for

some "special" project and I'm super happy they found their forever home in this pillow.

The background fabric is Essex Yarn Dyed in Indigo by Robert Kaufman. We have several of these linen/cotton blends in the shop. These are 55% Linen/45% Cotton. All of them would look good with this project. They have minimal shrinkage and I use them just like I would use quilting cottons.

I made the pillow bigger than I wanted so I could trim it down after I quilted it.

I quilted it in a 1" grid on a 45 degree angle and then trimmed it down to 10" x 22". This is not a standard pillow size so I had to make my own pillow insert for it. I put a basic envelope back on the pillow but it felt like it was still missing something, so headed to Hobby Lobby to pick our some yarn for pom poms.

I couldn't decide which one I liked better the green or the multi so I used both. The Green anchored the multi and the multi actually have me 4 different pom poms which worked with the fabrics perfectly!

These yarns are Soft & Sleek in Green Apple (1625268) & Sweet Delight Chunky in Happy-Go-Rainbow (2286078).

I used the 2 1/2" Pom Pom maker from the Clover Set to make the Pom Poms.

I'm super happy with it! I hope this inspires you to make something today!

Happy Sewing!


Other notes:

Happy Sew Lucky Pattern is only available on Berene's website. To find out more about Berene and Happy Sew Lucky click here.

This pattern is Foundation Paper Piecing. I have made several of her patterns. They are always impeccable and easy to follow.

I HIGHLY recommend them!!!


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