One of my favorite craft books at the moment is Pillow Pop.
I have previously made a pillow from it – Sea Spray. When the brown bag challenge came up in our guild, and I pulled these two fabrics, I decided I would make another one from the book.
You can check out the rest of the challenge rules here. The is” The Metro” pillow pattern. I love how it turned out. I still think this bicycle fabric is fabulous.
I did some straight line quilting in a triangular pattern in each quarter. I used chalk to mark the diagonals and then the center lines as a guide, and then sewed 1″ lines using my walking foot and guide (to ensure the 1″ distance).
I also decided to try out some variegated thread in blue tones. I really liked it and will be using it again on some future projects. You can see the color changes a little more clearly here.
One final view of the pillow, in use, in our backyard. It is a lovely fall day here, so a perfect opportunity for some photos.
This month is Craft book month @ Craftbuds.com, where they are running a link up when you post about your favorite craft book and project from that book.
I hope you all had a good weekend. Even though we had 4 boys (all 6 years old) camp over last night, I managed to finish the Road 15 postage stamp pillow. I am so pleased with the finish – most of the squares are lined up, and I love the straight lined quilting.
Details Front: Road 15 mini charms (2.5 x 2.5″) by Sweetwater for Moda + Bella Solids Cotton mini charm; Batting, and lined with Muslin Back: Teal Kona Cotton Back with an invisible zipper enclosure
I am trying these out in my store for the first time, the postage stamp cushions/pillow cover is now available in my Etsy store.
After last week’s cushion top, I received the best compliment, my 5-year-old son asked if I could make him a cushion. I started the strips and posted on Wednesday my start with the “space” themed cushion top using “Constellations” by Lizzie House for Andover.
When sewing the strips together, I realized that I can take advantage of my errors purposely inaccurate alignment of the squares (and the wonky star) 😉 and we have a cushion we are calling “The Wonky Universe”.
I can say this about working with postage stamp squares (and probably other squares too)….It doesn’t take much for the strips not to align just slight errors in cutting and probably inaccurate seams makes all the postage square not line up.
The quilting on this one I went with dark blue straight lines radiating from the wonky star, which is our sun, to kind of represent orbits. These lines were alternating to make sure the softness was left in the cushion cover. I also added yellow lines both horizontal and vertical directions through the sun.
When I showed my son this morning his response was “AWESOME!!”. It made my day 🙂
Quick update:After seeing the amazing cushion from Adrianne @ On The Windy Side, I asked how she gets her squares so aligned….she gave this great advice:
accurate cutting helps a lot. Personally, I don’t find pre-cut charms or mini charms very accurate, and I find the pinked edges make it difficult to line them up accurately. I would recommend cutting your own squares or cutting down pre-cuts so they have straight edges.
sewing a consistent 1/4″ seam is a matter of practice. Sewing lots and regularly (like at least an hour most days) will help you get better faster. I’m not sure that my 1/4″ seam is exactly a 1/4″, but after a lot of practice, it is at least consistent. If you’re not already using a 1/4″ foot, it is worth the investment. I can’t sew a consistent seam without one.
when accuracy is important, I use a LOT of pins. I line up the seams I want to match and pin through the seams. Depending on how big the squares are, I might also put a pin (or 2) between each pinned seam. I also pin in a slightly unusual way (I didn’t realise this until I started sewing with friends!) – I put the pin through the fabric perpendicular to the edge, with the point towards the edge I will sew along. If you put the pins back from the edge a little bit, you can sew along without removing them as you go.
I don’t usually pre-wash or starch my fabrics, but when I know something might be tricky (like the Essex linen in black I used for these cushions), I do starch just for that extra bit of control.
I hope you go over and check out her blog :-). Have a good weekend all.
I am continuing on with postage stamp cushions this week and thoroughly enjoying piecing them together. Last week, I posted about this one below, which I hope to finish by this Friday:
The biggest reward I got after sharing this one with everyone, was my 5-year-old asked if he could have one too. Surprisingly, I felt so proud and delighted he wanted one :-), of course I replied and off I went to make one.
I recently purchased the Constellations bundle by Lizzie House for Andover, as I want to use it in a quilt for my son. I decided that I would use a strip of each fabric and add a wonky star in yellow for the sun. I have sewn all the strips for the pillow (10 of them) and here are the top 8 (all I could fit on my hanger). You can see the wonky star which was my first wonky star – it was fun seeing how the pieces come together. I am loving the constellation fabric – great for a boy. The photo has been rotated so you can see what the final pillow will look like.
I am thinking of either quilting straight lines 1/4 inch from the seams (both horizontal and vertically) or diagonal lines through the corners. I am again hoping to have at least the top finish by Friday to show every one.
Anyway, we are over the hump of the week, hope everyone’s week is going well.