You're Mer-Mazing!

Thursday, October 12, 2023

One goal that I have when designing quilts is to make them fun! This Hydra pillow definitely fits that description! It has 3-D scales that lift up! It has such a great texture that you just want to touch!

Mermaid pillow with 3-D scales

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This all started with a bundle of Mer-Mazing fabrics from Riley Blake Designs. I've made the pillow from the Hydra pattern before, but these fabrics were a bit different from that one! (See the other one HERE!) And I've made quilts from the pattern a few times as well. (See those HERE, HERE, and HERE!)

Mer-Mazing fabric by Riley Blake Designs

This fabric collection is more pastel themed, so I was excited to see how different it would turn out! I paired it with a Confetti Cotton solid in Lilac.

Mermaid scales in Hydra quilt pattern

The patterns starts with 2 1/2" squares that are sewn into "scales." Then it's assembled from the bottom to the top using a quilt-as-you-go technique.

Mermaid scales in Hydra quilt pattern

When sewing the scales down, you use a walking foot and quilt through all the layers, so it's quilted at the same time! I used Aurifil 50wt thread for mine.

Back of mermaid pillow

I added an envelope back and bound it like a regular quilt. (I get my labels HERE.) 

Quilt label on back of quilted pillow

Isn't it so fun?! It finishes the perfect size for a 12" pillow form.

Quilted mermaid pillow

I made my niece a Hydra quilt as a baby quilt, but I think this Hydra pillow might make a good gift now that she's a bit older!

Mermaid pillow with 3-D scales from the Mer-Mazing fabric collection

The whole thing came together quite quickly, and it makes me smile when I see it on my couch! 

Mermaid pillow with 3-D scales

Ask your favorite quilt shop if they have the Mer-Mazing fabric, and you can get the Hydra pattern in my Etsy shop HERE!

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