Pillow Pattern!

As promised I’ve put together the pattern for the pillows that I made at the end of last year… No excuses for how long it’s taken me… I’m a busy lady!

Obviously you can put these together in any number of color choices and options.  I’ve made a pretty big variety:

PIllows!

In terms of fabric selecting, all I would suggest is that if you use a print have it be very small scale as the pattern of the design develops through the piecing and a loud print might detract from the overall look. I designed this pattern with solids in mind, so think of that when you pick your fabrics.

Materials needed:

Makes one 20″ pillow.

Fabric:
These quantities assume that you will be using three different fabrics.  One for the background and one for each set of the lines.  Since the design is made with a lot of 1.5″ wide strips, scraps are great for this and you can feel free to mix and match any number of different colors and fabrics.

- Fabric A – Dark Gray (background): 15″ x WOF (width of fabric) strip
- Fabric B – Light Gray: 4.5″ x WOF strip
- Fabric C – Yellow : 3″ x WOF strip

Pillow back fabric:
- Two 20″ x 13″ rectangles of the fabric of your choice.  I tend to use the background fabric to carry it through the design of the whole pillow.
- One 20″ x 2.5″  strip for binding the exposed raw edge.

Scrap fabric for the inside of the pillow:
-Two 22″ x 15″ rectangles
-One 22″ x 22″ square

Batting:
-Two 22″ x 15″ rectangles
-One 22″ x 22″ square

One 20″ pillow form

Cutting:

Fabric A:

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1. First cut your A15 triangle, measuring 15″ up the right side of your fabric and cutting along the diagonal to the lower left piece of your 15″ x WOF strip.

2. Use the remainder of your fabric and the diagram above to get all of your A pieces out of your 15″ x WOF strip.
A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, and A6 = 1.5″ x 10″
A7 = 1.5″ x 11″
A8 = 1.5″ x 15″
A9 = 1.5″ x 18″
A10, A11, and A12 = 1.5″ x 21″
A13 = 1.5″ x 1.5″
A14 = 4.5″ x 4.5″
A15 = Right triangle with both straight edges measuring 15″ long
A16 = Right triangle with both straight edges measuring 5″ long.

Fabrics B & C:
3. Cut 1.5″ wide WOF strips out of all of your fabric and trim down to the following sizes:

B1 = 1.5″ x 7″
B2 = 1.5″ x 11″
B3 = 1.5″ x 15″
B4 = 1.5″ x 18″
B5 , B6 and B7 = 1.5″ x 21″

C1, C2, C3, C4, C5 and C6 = 1.5″ x 10″
C7 = 1.5″ x 8″

Piecing:

This pattern is basically a quarter log cabin.  It can get a touch confusing because two colors are assembled before you build the log cabin,  but it’s simple!

Piece with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

4. Assemble the center as shown below.  First sew A12  to B1. Then add on A13. Finish by adding C7 to your piecing.

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Now you’ll assemble all of your strips in to panels before sewing them on to the center.

5. Start by assembling A1 with C1.

6. Continue making “yellow panels” by assembling A2 with C2, A3 with C3, A4 with C4, A5 with C5, and A6 with C6.  Since all of the yellow panels are the same size, you don’t need to label them.

7. Assemble A7 with B2 – label as A7/B2

8. Assemble A8 with B3 – label as A8/B3

9. Assemble A9 with B4 - label as A9/B4

10. Assemble A10 with B5 - label as A10/B5

11. Assemble A11 with B6 - label as A11/B6

12. Assemble A12 with B7 - label as A12/B7

13. Now it’s time to start building the quarter log cabin on the center you already pieced.  Working from side to side, add the piecing from steps 2 through 8 to your piecing as indicated in the diagram below.  Start with A7/B2 and alternate between the yellow panels and the A/B panels.

Assembling

Please note: If this diagram is too small for you to see clearly, just click through to where it is on flickr since it is bigger there.

14. Now that you’ve built most of the piecing, rotate it and trim it down to 20″ wide and 20″ tall.

Trimming

Trimming at this point makes it easier to see where your triangles get sewn on. Note that you’ll just barely trim the bottom.  Also, make sure that you have piecing to fill in all of the 20″ wide before you make your first cut.  You don’t want to trim too much off of one side or the other!

15. Next, you’ll sew the two remaining right triangles on to your piecing.  They are intentionally a bit bigger than you need.

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16. Finally, square up your piecing to a finished 20″ square.

Finishing the pillow sleeve: 

17. Now you’ll need to layer your fabric, batting and scrap backing fabric and then quilt all three portion of the sleeve.  The front, and the two 20″ x 13″ backing rectangles.  I quilted these pillows with lots of dense straight line quilt ’cause that’s my thing, but of course you can quilt as desired!

18. Once all three portions are quilted, trim off the excess scrap backing fabric and batting so that the front is 20″ square and the two backing pieces are 20″ x 13″.

19. Bind the 20″ length of one of the backing pieces.

20. Layer all three pieces, right sides together (taking care that your bound rectangle edge is what will be on the outside when you turn it all right side out) and pin thoroughly so that they won’t shift as you sew them together.

21. Sew, using a 1/2″ seam allowance, all the way around the outside edge of your layers.

22. You’re in the home stretch! Trim your corners and turn the sleeve right side out and stuff with the 20″ pillow form.  Since the finished sleeve will be about 19″ across, it will create a really full firm pillow.

23. And now the most important step: throw that pillow on your couch and enjoy it!!

Have questions or found a mistake in my pattern? (Totally possible!! Ha!) Let me know in the comments and I will reply as quickly as I can!

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Shimmer blog tour

Today it’s my stop on the Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics blog tour! What’s that you say? A blog tour for a fabric line? That’s right!

You all know that I’m not one to use many prints, but I’m always up for the challenge. So when Jennifer Sampou reached out to me about being a part of the tour I said sure!

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This line is filled with metallics so it’s very appropriately named! I love the additional interest that the shine gives to the fabrics. I decided to dive in and sew up a quick pillow with them!

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First I narrowed down the fabrics to my favs and of course threw in a lot of my beloved solids…

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Some piecing and chopping lead me to some triangles. I love to work like this, with no plan in mind and just letting the fabric lead me where it does…

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After messing around quite a bit with the options, I decided the orange-y red was wrong and some teal blue was right! I settled on a nice graphic line of the triangles, off set in the blue background.

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A ton of straight line quilting later, and the pillow is all finished up!

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Look at that Shimmer shimmer!

Do you want to win a charm pack of this fabric line? Just leave me a comment here and I’ll pick a winner on Friday the 11th.

The giveaway is now closed and I have emailed the winner!

And you can also follow along with the rest of the blog tour:

April 1 – Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2 – Janice Ryan – Better off Thread
April 3 – Me! Today!
April 4 – Julie Herman- JayBird Quilts
April 5 – Natalie Barnes- Beyond the Reef
April 6 – Stash Books
April 7 – Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8 – Lee Heinrich- Freshly Pieced
April 9 – Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter
April 10 - Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps
April 11 - Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson!
April 12 - Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13 - Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins
April 14 – Katie Blakesley- Swim Bike Quilt
April 15 - Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
April 16 – Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson – See How We Sew
April 17 – Holly DeGroot- Bijou Lovely
April 18 - Jennifer Sampou – Wrap Up
April 21 - Jennifer Sampou- Announce Winner of Giveaway FQ Pack of entire Shimmer Collection.

Bias 3 – all finished!

I put the final stitches in the binding of Bias 3 this weekend! I so enjoy getting a quilt finished up. And I am really in love with this one.

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As my work has progressed I’ve tried to maintain the balance of working with minimalist design, yet keeping interest in the quilt. If I may say so myself, I think that I hit that note just right with this quilt and it’s a place that I’ll keep exploring.

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I did my usual straight line quilting on it – following the lines of the piecing. I left the red stripes unquilted to make them pop even more…

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You can really see the quilting on the back!

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Believe it or not, I’m gonna blog AGAIN this week so keep an eye out. Happy Monday!

QuiltCon 2015!

Did you see the QuiltCon 2015 dates and teachers announcement?  It’s a year away but that’ll fly by quickly!

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Will you be going? I can’t wait!

 

Bias 3 quilt top

I got this quilt top finished up today. I am absolutely thrilled with how it came out.

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It’s 60″ x 75″ and the longest stripes are 94″ long. I knew when I came up with the design that I would need to work hard to keep the lines straight. I pieced the entire thing in my Modern Solids, and I’m so happy with how crisp and straight it came out.

I thought I’d show a few photos I took as I made it…

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Pressing played a big role in the process… I pressed all of the seams open to keep it nice and flat.

Bias 3 - In progress

Bias 3 - In progress

Piecing this many 1 1/2″ stripes was a bit nuts, but worth it in the end!

Bias 3 - In progress

Once I’d finished piecing it all, I put it up on my design wall, drew on where to trim and squared it up! Here’s a couple of pretty photos of it…

Bias 3 Detail

Bias 3 Detail

Oh and one bit of business! The winner of the copy of Quilt Improv is Christina. Congrats and I’ve dropped you an email.

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!

This Way Quilt pattern!

I finished up this little quilt a couple of weeks ago and you can now find the pattern for it over on Janome’s website!

This Way Quilt

It was so quick to sew up – it would make a fantastic baby shower gift!

This Way Quilt detail

Here’s the back:

This Way Quilt back

I hope you make your own version of it!

Quilt Improv blog tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Quilt Improv by Lu Summers. Thanks for stopping by!

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What a great book… To start with it’s beautiful. The photography is bright and vivid with amazing out door locations. It makes you eager to dig into your stash and start sewing. But this book is more than a pretty face!

It is all about improvisational piecing, which is what made me fall hard for quilting back when I started. I think that all quilters, beginner or experienced, should try it. It opens your eyes to how free and fun quilting can be. Quilt Improv really embraces that concept of the freedom of improv piecing, but it is arranged so that the reader can learn specific blocks and techniques. This gives a great frame work in which to tackle improv piecing, making it approachable and fun.

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First, the book teaches a series of blocks. They are all so colorful and bright, often sewn up with Lu’s amazing fabrics. There’s so much movement, life, and energy in her wonderful piecing!

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Then, the book features a quilt for each block learned.

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When looking through the book, I instantly fell for the quilt that features the improv string block. All those solids call my name of course!

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Following Lu’s thorough instructions I quickly sewed up the parts for a string block.

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After arranging them a few different ways, I decided to make a change from the diamond and arrange them in this sort of broken stripe arrangement.

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Since the whole point of improv is to add your own spin, I figure that’s ok! This wonderful book really inspires and promotes creativity and exploration.

Who would like to win a copy?!? F & W Media is kind enough to be giving one so leave a comment here and I’ll be picking a winner next Friday. And be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour!

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Well. Here we are at the end of another year! 2013 was a rough year for many and that included me. There were some really wonderful moments (QuiltCon!!) but plenty of hard ones too.  So I’m  ready to move on from 2013 and tackle 2014! I am excited for all that it will hold!

There HAS been sewing time over the past few weeks and that’s been wonderful.  I had really missed sewing machine time, so I found myself wanting to just sew without thinking too much.  So I made the same damned pillow 9 (actually almost finished with a tenth!) times! Ha. I’ll get the pattern put together soon!

PIllows!

And when I look at my 2013 sewing as a whole, I’m actually surprised that there is this much. It’s nice to see it all together.

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So here’s to a New Year! Hope that yours is filled with love, family, friends and sewing!

Modern Solids Fabric Release Party!

It’s so exciting, my fabric is in shops now! I stopped in at Sew Modern yesterday, and there it was!

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Snatch some up – I promise that you’ll love them in person.

We’re also having a holiday/release party at Sew Modern on December 13th!

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Hope that those of you who are local to LA can come.  Would love to see you there!

And guess what?? I’ve been sewing! A couple of posts about it are coming soon.

Every Color featuring my solids!

I am newly home from Quilt Market.  It was a good one… Was great to see so many friends again.

I had to make a quilt for the In the Beginning booth that featured all of my Modern Solids.  Needless to say, it wasn’t an easy task for me to come up with a quilt that had all of the colors, but didn’t read too much like a rainbow.  Here it is, hanging at Market, all finished up:

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And a wider photo that shows it with the other two quilts featuring my fabrics.

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Jacquie made the one next to mine and Jen the last one.  They are both so so beautiful! I’m very lucky to have friends who are such talented quilters who were up for making these  amazing quilts so quickly.

I don’t have many progress photos, but here’s a couple…

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For the quilting I did straight line quilting across the whole face of the quilt (using the edge of my walking foot as a guide for each seam).

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Then in order to accentuate the negative space, I went back and added another line between each line in the light gray.

I can’t can’t wait to keep working with my fabrics more! And I won’t have to use every single color in the next quilt! There’s definitely a certain satisfaction in sewing with your own fabrics. It’s wonderful.

Another reminder that I’m over on Instagram more than I’m posting here… it’s just so much faster! Please follow me over there if you’d like to!

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