Best Friends Forever Rainbow Pillow

By Christine Lux
on February 26, 2019
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The new Best Friends Forever collection by Stacy Iest Hsu is too cute!  We love the rainbow palette and fun prints. Last week we whipped up a quick and easy pillow and thought we'd share the details here. 

You will need the following (kits available here): 

  • 1 Mini Charm Pack (or 36 2.5" squares)
  • 1 FQ Border Print
  • 1 HY for Backing
  • Approx 20" square batting & muslin, if quilting

 

Start by arranging your squares into six rows of six. We arranged them in a rainbow like gradient, but you can arrange them however you like!

Next, sew all the rows together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press rows in opposite directions and then join the rows. Press well. 

From your border fabric, cut two 4" x 12.5" rectangles and two 4" x 19.5" rectangles. Join the 12.5" long strips to opposite sides of your patchwork, pressing toward the border. Then sew the 19.5" long strips to the remaining two sides. Again pressing toward the border. 

Layer the pillow front with batting and muslin backing (or solid fabric) and quilt as desired. We did a fluffy FMQ mum-like flower. 

Trim the pillow front to 19" square. 

To make the back, from the half yard cut two 14" x 19" rectangles. Along one 19" side, fold about 1" to the wrong side. Tuck the raw edge into the fold and then topstitch to secure in place. Repeat this to finish one 19" edge on the remaining rectangle in the same manner. 

To finish, with the pillow front facing up, place one backing rectangle RST on top of the pillow front aligning raw edges with top, bottom and one side.

Then place the remaining backing rectangle on top of the other RST aligning to the opposite side.

Stitch all the way around using a 1/2" seam allowance. (We usually do two rows of stitching and clip the corners to reduce bulk.)

Carefully turn right side out and gently push out the corners. Insert a pillow form and enjoy!

This project can be done with any collection! Just arrange the mini charm squares to your liking, add a border and stitch it up!

Happy Sewing!

Love All Around Mini

By Christine Lux
on January 20, 2017
With 0 comments

Hello again!

Our friend Lee over at May Chappell asked if we wanted to help share about her new project for 2017 using her "Love All Around" block pattern and, of course, we said "yes!" :)

Lee shares that she designed this block to celebrate love and kindness. Certainly, in today's world, there is always room for more of both of those things!  Lee plans to make a block whenever she sees these things displayed this year and is looking forward to having a sea of heart blocks at the end of 2017. What a great sentiment, right?

Check out her free tutorial for the block here.

I decided to make a mini to add to my mini wall at work ... I figured it would be a good reminder to stay positive and be kind, even when others might not be or when things seem to be going totally bonkers.

This little 8" block was easy to piece and I put together this 10" mini quilt in about an hour, including the machine binding! 

I had a layer cake of Regent Street Lawns and I thought these pretty florals would be perfect. The lawns are a dream to sew with - so soft and silky! The background and binding is Crossweave Graphite and it adds just a hint of sheen. 

I did some simple straight line quilting, but free motion would look great also!

Hope you'll pop over and say hello to Lee and maybe even stitch up some love and positivity this weekend!

Happy sewing!

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