Nautical Pillow Shams Update – December OMG

Not too long ago I asked for assistance in finding some fabric that resembles shiplap.  As expected, I have received several very helpful suggestions (quilting people are really the best!) and then placed an order.  The fabric is for some pillow shams requested by a good friend for a nautical theme.

On the left is the suggestion she sent for the shams, and on the right is the shiplap fabric I purchased from out of Colorado.  By the way, they have a fabulous selection of fabrics!  If you do a small internet search, you will find that there is a range of dimensions given for a regular pillow sham.  The width is consistent at 20″ but the length varies from 26″ to 30″.  I asked Darlene to measure her pillows, and they came out to be 27.5″.  I’m so glad I asked!

Nautical Templates:


I used her exact suggestion to make the templates for her nautical images.  It is easy to simply ‘draw’ around the shape, paste the .jpg into Word, resize to the desired height (in this case), and then print.  The print outs were very blurry but gave the general impression of the image.  You can see in the photo above that the images have been transferred to navy fabric and are awaiting my machine appliqué.  Once that is complete, they will be surrounded by white fabric as a frame.  The blocks will be sewn three across in two rows, just as in the suggestion photo.


We will use the shiplap fabric on the reverse side of the pillow as well.  I haven’t decided whether a flap or zipper will allow for the pillow removal.  Depending on the day, one method is the choice for that day.  I would like to get this complete in December so she can have the pillow shams she wants for 2018.


This is our December OMG (one monthly goal) to share on Elm Street Quilts, hosted by Patty.  For this month, I would like to complete the appliqué of the nautical pieces for both pillow shams.  Take a look at the link to see what others have set for their monthly goal.


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23 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    That’s a great design idea, and the images waiting to be sewn look terrific.

  2. Karen says:

    Love the background fabric. Good luck on getting them done on time.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Karen,
      Thanks so much for the encouragement! In theory, it should be obtainable . . . except that it’s December and stuff comes up! I appreciate your visit and comment – I hope you come again. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Sherrie says:

    The pillows will be beautiful! Love the fabric you got.
    Have a great day!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Sherrie,
      Thanks so much! I was led in the right direction thankfully by some other quilter friends, otherwise I never would have found that fabric. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Patty says:

    Wow, this will be a really fun project. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Patty,
      Thanks so much! Thank you for hosting us. Now if time just doesn’t slip away I’ll be fine. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Kathryn says:

    All the best for the pillows – I have never made them but I want to so will follow yours with interest.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Kathryn,
      Well aren’t you sweet?! I’ve made them a few times for Sue’s nephews and they turned out fine. These really count though, so I’ll probably struggle . . . ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Pam Arbour says:

    I am looking forward to seeing the finish!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Pam,
      Thanks so much! I hope it don’t get distracted with too many other activities this month. Focus! ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. LOVE that shiplap fabric!!!

    • Roseanne says:

      Thanks so much – it was a very happy day when someone told me to check out I never would have imagined it was out there. HAHA! I appreciate your visit and comment, and hope you come again. ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. You are making awesome progress on this project. I’m looking forward to seeing them all finished. 🙂

  9. Perfect match. This is going to be such a cute project..

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Peggy!
      Thanks! I think it matching pretty closely – just a wee bit darker but I hope the white fabric will lighten it up. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. Mari says:

    I love that shiplap fabric and your pillows are going to look great!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Mari!
      I was just doing a few minutes of appliqué tonight. I think they are going to look fine – I’m just using navy thread so you can’t really see how they are attached. ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. It’s looking good! I just saw that shiplap fabric today in a quilt shop I visited. It was very cool! Good luck on your monthly goal.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Shannon,
      I never thought to look for shiplap fabric until I actually needed it! Never thought I would want some for any reason . . . ~smile~ Roseanne

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