If you are new to quilting, pillows are wonderful projects to make to teach yourself new skills or try patterns and decide if you love it enough to make a whole quilt. They are also great for a quick project and a feeling of accomplishment! I have made lots and lots of pillows in my lifetime. My family members have received many of them as gifts. They are just good sewing practice.
I had 16" pillow forms to use, but most of the blocks that I wanted to try were 12", and that was smaller than what I wanted. I spend a lot of time thinking about patterns and what I would like to make, and I also have some rulers and templates that I like to use. I decided I would use some of my Creative Grids rulers that I love, and I also used a half hexagon template.
The fabric selection is inspired by that big stripe that you see. It was a piece of fabric on clearance at Fabric.com. It is actually a Vera Bradley print. I have never seen her fabric sold anywhere, so that was a surprise! I purchased the other coordinating prints at The Quilt Company, and I love how they all came together. The two yellow/gold prints are a little too close, and if I did it over again I would probably select something with a little more contrast, but I am pleased with how they came together.