Do you remember my Vintage Checkerboard quilt pattern from the Best of Moda Bake Shop book? It’s a quick pattern that uses precut jelly roll (2.5″) strips and finishes at 72″ x 84″. You can find the full instructions in the book along with fifteen other fun precut friendly patterns.

The designers of the other quilts and I are participating in a Moda Bake Shop pillow parade event to showcase our quilt designs re-imagined into pillows. Pillows are one of my favorite things to make (they are fast and pack a big decorating punch) so of course I was up for the challenge!

For my Vintage Checkerboard pillow, I used the fabric line Flour Garden by Linzee Kull McCray for Moda and instead of keeping the center background square blank, I decided to add a fun hand embroidered saying. Some crosshatch hand quilting and a zipper in the bottom finished it off nicely. Super simple, but I love that it can be used year round or made with holiday fabrics (and a blank center or different embroidered saying) for a seasonal pillow.

This little pillow was so fun to make that I wanted to share my hand-lettered quote file for anyone else wanting to embroider it on their own pillow or project! You can click below to download the PDF file then transfer it onto a piece of solid fabric (I like using Frixion pens–they are erasable with a quick touch of a hot iron) and go to work embroidering!

Click here for the Always Grateful Embroidery PDF file

Happy sewing!

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