I have needed new throw pillows for years and years, and just finally got around to making them. I guess I kept thinking I'd just buy some, but never did. I suppose it's because I knew I could make something I'd really like.
So, the past month I've made 4 pillows, and I need one more to completely get rid of the boring pillows that came with my couch (they match my brown couches).
I kept them pretty simple, both design and color. I love the black and white trend right now, and almost made all of them black and white, but decided to change them up a little with grey and pink. I used Alison's heart block pattern for the heart pillow. I love how it turned out. The hearts are 4.5 inches and I added a 1 inch sashing between the hearts.
One downside of black and white is that your quilting will often show, either on the black or the white--depending on the color thread you use. For my hear pillow I quilted the sashing. I like how it turned out.
All the pillows are 20 inches, except the cross pillow and I think it is 18 inches. The cover is a little baggy, so I need to fix that. I like my pillows plump and fat, so I usually make my cover the exact size of the pillow. My heart pillow was 20 inches before I sewed on the closure (envelope), so with seam allowance it's probably closer to 19+ inches. I don't know the best place to buy pillow forms, I have looked at IKEA, JoAnns, Hobby Lobby and have been unhappy with them, I feel like they are too flimsy and will be pancakes after a month of my family using them (that includes jumping on them), so I buy throw pillows at Costco. They usually come in a 2 pack and cost $12-$15 for the pair. I think it's a decent price, but honestly I haven't shopped around much.