Valentines Day is almost here! I've been buying myself candy (and eating it all) for weeks in preparation for the big day. ;) Really I just used Valentines Day as a good excuse to make a red and white heart pillow for my couch that I will probably leave out all year long.
Nettie made a black and white version last year that I've had on my mind ever since...and you know how I love a pop of red.
This fits a 20" Ikea pillow form perfectly. I made 16 of the 4" finished heart blocks (from this tutorial), and put 1 ½" x 4 ½" strips in between each of the hearts to make the 4 rows, then 1 ½" x 19 ½" horizontal sashing strips in between the rows. That makes the pillow top 19" after sewing the back on with a ¼" seam allowance. If you have a larger pillow form or a really firm 20" form, you could add a white border around the whole thing before sewing the back on, but I like my pillows full so this worked perfect.
I kept the quilting minimal with simple lines in the sashing ¼" away from the seams.
This pillow was even husband approved...and for a man who hates Valentines Day that's sayin' something!