I’m auditioning for a spot in Sewvivor.

If selected, I won’t have to leave my home or my sewing machine. I won’t have to eat weird things or deal with tropical bugs.  I won’t have to live on a deserted island for weeks with strangers.

Then again, some days, life gets so crazy that a deserted island sounds delightful.

Anyway, you can read all about the details over at Family Ever After. The basics very much resemble the television show: you sew some projects, people vote on who gets to keep playing, and winners get prizes.

Sewing projects and winning prizes sound like fun to me.  I like challenges that get my creative juices flowing. I like deadlines. I like friendly competition that inspires me to do more and be better than I originally thought I could.

I’m auditioning with a quilted pillow made from Tartanwiki’s machine paper piecing butterfly pattern.

1 Butterfly Pillow in leather chair

The reason I picked this pillow is because I like bright colors contrasted with low volume goodies. I like a little bit of pattern and a little bit of improv (which I did to make the pillow front bigger). I like prints. I like solids. And I love picking out my own mix of fabrics that I think will create a compelling aesthetic when the project is complete.

2 Butterfly Pillow close

You can barely see the quilting on this because most of it was stitch-in-the-ditch. Even though entries don’t have to be quilted for this Quilter’s Edition of Sewvivor (piecing alone = quilting by their rules), I’m glad I did some quilting.  I think the extra layer of batting and lining adds some substance to my pillow tops that isn’t found when I only place the pieced material over the form.

3 Butterfly Pillow back polka dots

I also like using a heavier fabric on the back of my throw pillows.  The added weight makes a pillow feel sturdy. This polka dot fabric is from the sale table at an upholstery store in Greenville, NC.

5 Butterfly pillow tag

I’ve forgotten to tag the last few quilts I’ve finished, and I’m pretty excited I remembered to slip one of my labels in the final seam of this pillow cover when I joined the front and the back.

Here’s hoping I make the Sewvivor cut!


4 Butterfly Pillow in my sewing space

Pillow Stats:
Size: 16×16″
Closure: Envelope
Pattern: Tartankiwi’s 12″ Butterfly paper piecing pattern found on Craftsy
Front fabrics: Butterfly – solids from my scrap bin, leftover Kaffe Fassett charm squares, Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi fabrics; butterfly background – assorted low volume fabrics from stash and scraps including fabrics by Carolyn Friedlander, Aneela Hooey, and Zen Chic.
Back fabric: Blue and white polka dot upholstery material
Previous posts on this project: Here

Along with linking up with the other Sewvivor auditions (same link as above), I’ll be linking up with the other Friday Finishes at crazymomquilts this Friday. Hooray for an early finish this week!


  1. Sarah from milaandcuatro

    Good luck! The pillow looks fantastic, I love mixing brights with low volumes too. I am so impressed you remembered a label – I am yet to remember this step for any of my quilts or quilted items.

  2. nicole

    I love this pillow so much Daisy! Your choices for fabrics are fantastic and the butterfly really pops so beautifully off the low vol background. Good luck with Sewvivor, it sounds like a lot of fun!

  3. emily

    i love that butterfly!
    it looks fantastic.  totally added this to my pinterest board 🙂
    best of luck to you in the auditions!

  4. Kate G

    Love the contrast with the butterfly and the low volume goodies! You have great taste in fabrics! Good luck! Best, Kate

  5. leanne

    what a wonderful pillow – love the butterfly and the polka dot back is gorgeous too – good luck in the auditions !

  6. Ruth

    Loved that when I saw it as a pieced block, espeically those blues. They are perfect for it.  Looks great as a cushion.  Best of luck- hope you get into the 16!

  7. FutureCat

    I love the colour combination in the wings! I’d never have been brave enough to combine all those clashing colours, but they turned out so beautifully together.

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  9. Raewyn

    Good luck with the sewvivor quest! I love your butterfly, it’s beautiful! I think you achieved your goals, with the contrast, fabrics etc.  The label is a great touch!

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