One of the most classic decorating palettes is black and white. It never goes out of style and is anything but 'basic.' The combination can look crisp and casual or sophisticated and stylish. Black is a color that anchors and grounds； in fact， any room will benefit with a bit of black to add definition to its focal point color. We have a whole week of beautiful black and white pillows for you， starting today with our extra-large Squares &； Stripes. Its dramatic pinwheel center is achieved with clever cutting and careful seaming.
The Janome 3160QDC machine we recommend for this project is a fairly new model in the Janome line and features their Superior Plus Feed System. We loved using it because the feeding is so precisepersonalized baby gifts， we didn't ever have to worry about keeping our top and bottom layers feeding in unison. That meant perfect pattern matching every single seam. Check it out!retro cushion covers
Our thanks to Michael Miller Fabrics for providing us with an awesome selection of fabrics from their brand new Black and White Collection. Look for it in stores or online for your Spring sewing， including from our friends at Fat Quarter Shop.
Before you begin to cut your squares for the pillow front， measure your stripe. The fabric we used has 2" wide stripes. So， we thought about how big our squares needed to be and remembered the ？" seam allowance we planned on using.
Our cut squares are 11" x 11"， because... we wanted to end up with 10" x 10" squares when sewn for a 20" x 20" finished pillow. And， we want our stripes in the center of the pillow to create a ‘pinwheel' effect of intersecting solid black. That means we need to measure ？" over from the black stripe into the white stripe to determine where to start to cut our squares.
We only needed to be concerned with where we cut the width (even though it's a square) because of the vertical stripe and the fact we are rotating each square a quarter turn.
Contributors Project Design： Alicia Thommas Sample Creation and Instructional Editing： Jodi Kelly
Where do you reside?Auckland, New Zealand
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