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How To’s Day: High Tide Pillow by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

July 14th, 2015 by Camelot Fabrics

Hi everyone,





Happy Tuesday! I hope you are having a lovely day. Today is Shark Awareness Day! Cool shark fact of the day? Sharks’ ears are located inside of their heads, and can hear up to 3000 feet away!! Wow. They’ve definitely got supreme hearing skills!


On to our How To’s Day! Today we are featuring our High Tide Pillow by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter. The High Tide pillow is a fun design, comprised of different sized triangles and trapezoids. Together they create an awesome, scrappy and whimsy feel. This larger, 20″ x 20″ sized pillow is perfect as an accent pillow for a serene living room space, or to jazz up some plain outdoor wicker chairs. We chose to feature this pillow with our London Fog collection, and had fun mixing the different teal & grey prints together. The finished pillow is fun, but would still fit perfectly into a contemporary space.





Want to make your own High Tide Pillow? Click MORE to see the full tutorial.

Designed By: Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter
Featured Collection: London Fog by Camelot Design Studio






– 2/3 yard of quilt batting (58” wide)
– 20” square pillow form
– (1) letter-sized sheet of clear plastic or acetate for templates
– Sewing machine & coordinating thread
– Rotary cutter & mat
– Scissors & fabric shears
– Straight edge ruler & measuring tape
– Straight pins
– Fabric marker or pencil
Template (last page; print at 100%)


– For best results, read through all instructions before beginning.
– WOF = width of fabric (42”)
– RST = right sides together
– Unless otherwise directed, sew all seams with an accurate 1/4” seam allowance, and press
seams open as you go.
– Please wash, dry & iron your fabric before beginning, and trim selvages.



Since this is a “scrappy” pillow, you may use as many as (16) different accent fabrics, or as few as (4). Just make sure to have enough fabric to cut a total of (16) parallelograms using Template A and (16) triangles using Template B.

You can fit up to (5) parallelograms & (5) triangles on a 2-1/2” x WOF strip:


You’ll need a total of (4) strips’ worth – 1/4 yard – of Accent fabric, or more if you’re using more than (4) different fabrics.
In this version, we’ll be making a pillow using (4) different fabrics.




1. Sew each Accent fabric triangle to the top of a Background fabric parallelogram.

2. Sew each Background fabric triangle to the top of an Accent fabric parallelogram.


Make (4) of each with each Accent fabric
– (32) triangles total.

3. Sew (2) Accent/Background triangles together along their longest edges as shown. Use (1) triangle unit which has a Background fabric parallelogram & an Accent fabric triangle, and (1) unit which has a Background fabric triangle and a different Accent fabric parallelogram.


Make (16) in various Background/Accent combinations.

4. Trim the blocks to 5-1/2” square, as needed.



1. Sew the blocks together in rows of (4) as shown, making sure that the diagonal lines are all running in the same direction and the Background rows line up.


Make (4) in various Background/Accent combinations.

2. Referring to the Assembly Layout sew the rows together top-to-bottom.



1. Turn & topstitch a 1/2” rolled hem on (1) 20” edge of each Backing rectangle.

2. Place the pillow front Right Side up on your work surface, and line up the Backing panels with the edges of the pillow front, Right Sides together. The Backing panels’ hemmed edges should overlap at the center of the pillow.

3. Pin & sew around the entire perimeter, clip the corners and press the seam open.

4. Turn the pillow Right Side out through the gap between the overlapping Backing panels, poke out the corners, and insert the pillow form.







I hope you have enjoyed today’s How To’s Day! You can also find the full PDF printout on our website. If you decide to give our High Tide pillow a try, we’d love to see! You can send your pictures to or tag us on Instagram. Have a great day!!





Happy Sewing!

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