Nancy Zieman's 2015 Pillow Sewing Challenge

Nancy Zieman's 2015 Pillow Sewing Challenge

Nancy Zieman's 2015 Pillow Sewing Challenge

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You are invited to participate in my 2015 Pillow Sewing Challenge. Brainstorm, browse, design, plan, and stitch your favorite pillow. Enter my Pillow Sewing Challenge by adding a photo in the link listed below. It’s easy!

Nancy Zieman's 2015 Pillow Sewing Challenge

This is a small project designed for you to showcase your sewing talents. Entries may be for any occasion, any color or any size (that fits on a sofa or comparable household furniture). The guidelines are wide open for you to create. Sew a pillow using as much imagination as you like. You may enter up to four different pillows. Pillows must be completed within the last year.
For this challenge, use a link tool. Click the “add link” button (below) to enter your pillows directly to the gallery. (Once button is clicked–it may appear as a workable link). If you aren’t able to upload, no problem; simply email a photo of your completed project to [email protected]. Deadline for photo entries is March 3, 2015.

Pillow Sewing Challenge Guidelines

  • Select or create your design.
  • All sewing, quilting, serging, machine embroidery, and embellishment techniques are eligible!
  • Grab our Pillow Sewing Challenge blog badge to let your friends know about this fun Pillow Sewing Challenge.
  • Remember to share your progress and projects on your social media sites using the hashtag: #NZPillowChallenge
  • Upload or email your photo(s) by March 3, 2015, to [email protected].
  • Online voting begins March 7, 2015.
  • Voting closes on March 14, 2015.
  • Winners will be announced March 17, 2015.


Go Social with Your Pillow Sewing Challenge

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If you have a website, copy the code above and paste it into your website editor to have the Pillow Sewing Challenge badge on your site.
If you are on social sites like Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, or Facebook, let all your friends know you are working on the Pillow Sewing challenge by tagging your post with the hashtag:   #NZPillowChallenge.
The hashtag is a searchable “word” associated with an event or activity, which, when searched on popular social websites, like Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook, shows every single post using that hashtag. Even if you don’t personally know that stitcher, you’ll see her/his progress and a photo. Hashtags are a fun way to network and connect with people who share similar interests.

Inspiration: Traditional Cathedral Window Block

A traditional Cathedral Window Quilt block is the source for our first inspiration pillow. Follow along on the Pellon Projects site as Kim Niedzwiecki enlarges the traditional block and makes the design bold with bright, fresh colors.
Cathedral Window Pillow by Kim Niedzwiecki for Pellon
Cathedral Window Pillow/Inspiration for Nancy Zieman's Pillow Challenge

Inspiration: Computer Pixels

Look no further than your computer for the next pillow inspiration; Kati Spencer shares her Pixel Pillow on the Pellon Projects site. She uses bold graphic squares, which are reminiscent of the dotted-look that images have online.
Pixel Pillow by Kati Spencer for Pellon

Pixel Pillow/Inspiration for Nancy Zieman's Pillow Challenge

Inspiration: Fabric Magic

On occasion it isn’t only seeing something that triggers inspiration, but rather trying something new. In this case I’m referring to the Fabric Magic product by Pellon. This unique sew-in interfacing gives amazing texture to fabric as it permanently shrinks up to 30%. Alexandra Henry uses the Fabric Magic in two ways to create these featured pillows. Read more at the Pellon Projects site.

Seeing Double Fabric Magic Pocket Pillows/Nancy Zieman's Pillow ChallengeInspiration: Wildlife and Nature

Nature is often a source of inspiration in any form of artwork; sewing is no exception. Rachael Gander showcases raccoons in her pillow set, the appliqué shapes are reversed to create the illusion that the raccoons are sitting in different directions. Read more about this design on the Pellon Projects site.
Raccoons in Love Throw Pillows by Rachael Gander for Pellon

Racoons in Love Throw Pillows/Nancy Zieman's Pillow Challenge——————————————-

Here’s a listing of the prizes that will be awarded to the top five vote contenders:

  • First Place: A Bundle of Products from Pellon, $115 value! 

Pellon Prize Pack for Nancy Zieman's 2015 Pillow Challenge

  • Second Place: Madeira Aerofil 18 count thread pack, $60 value from MadeiraPlus a Pellon Pillow Insert!  Madeira Aerofil 18-count Thread Pack
  • Third Place: The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Book & DVD from Nancy’s Notionsvalue of $34.98. Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert! 
  • The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Book and DVD by Nancy Zieman
  • Fourth Place: Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs, $25 Value. Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert!

Riley Blake Designs Fat Quarter Pack as seen on Nancy Zieman's Blog

  • Fifth Place: Hobo Tote Template from Clover, $19.95 value. Plus a Pellon Pillow Insert! 
  • Nancy Zieman's Hobo Tote Bag Template Collection by CloverEach Pillow Sewing Challenge prize winner (above) will receive a Pellon® HomeGoods Decorative Pillow Insert, 16″ x 16″. Value $10.99

Pellon Decorative Pillow Insert

Thank you to our sponsors!

Pellon interfacings and battings

Madeira Threads


2015 Pillow Sewing Challenge Schedule

  • February 3: Pillow Sewing Challenge kick off TODAY!
  • March 3: Entry Deadline
  • March 7: Voting Opens
  • March 14: Voting Closes
  • March 17: Winners Announced

Share your comments below about the Pillow Sewing Challenge and let us know if you plan to join!

Get Stitching!

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  • Genee Davis
    February 3, 2015

    How exciting! Whst an awesome challenge!

  • Debe
    February 3, 2015

    Maybe this will encourage me to get the pillows done that I have planned to make for a while. LOL Hope to enter. There are some great ideas in this post.

  • Donna Thomas
    February 3, 2015

    Link off FB page says maximum number received for the pillow challenge. Is this correct?

  • Diane S.
    February 3, 2015

    I can’t wait to see the entries.

  • Debra Armstrong
    February 4, 2015

    The contest made for me. I have always loved making pillows!

  • Bonnie Anderson
    February 4, 2015

    Would love to enter the pillow challenge

  • Lorij
    February 4, 2015

    I enjoy making pillows and plan to enter at least one in this contest.

  • Joyce Wilson
    February 4, 2015

    I’m making my granddaughter a spring dress with a sailor collar. I made up my mind to give your wrapped collar technique a try. Oh my I must say , corners so sharp and crisp that they could almost cut out my next dress project LOL. I can see where this would be a great help in making perfectly squared pillows. The entries so far are so nice. They’re sure are some talented fabric artists in your audience. God bless everyone.

  • zoraida
    February 5, 2015

    wow what a pillow I can not do that it will take me longer to do it. but beautiful.

  • Robbin E. Dillon
    February 6, 2015

    I’m enjoying everyone’s entries so much – I think I’ll enter too… very motivational!

  • Diane Beavers
    February 19, 2015

    Of course I will partake in a Pillow Sewing Challenge!
    Besides zipper pouches, PILLOWS and more Pillows are my favorite item to sew for my home and everyone else’s home:) Thank you Nancy for the invitation.

  • Terri Burton
    February 23, 2015

    i completed a pillow and your kind staff uploaded it for me today. Thanks for the inspiration!

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