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I always enjoy making a fast and easy design that can be used for a pillow. This would be the perfect gift and takes no time at all to make!
I cut strips of fabric about 4″ wide and you can see that there is very little waste.
- 4 – brown/creme HST blocks
- 4 – green/creme HST blocks
- 8 – rust/creme HST blocks (photo shows the Sunflower print)
- arrange as shown below
Now we’ll make the feathers.
I cut my fabric just a little bigger than the size of the curved feathers and then cut pieces of Heat & Bond Lite just a hair smaller. Then fuse the Heat & Bond Lite to the wrong side of the fabric.
I want feathers curving in two different directions so I lay one piece of fabric on the die with the Heat & Bond Lite side down and the next fabric piece with the Heat & Bond Lite facing up. You will need a total of 8 curved feathers with 4 being reversed. It is easier to cut your fabric to fit 3 feathers and have the left-overs for something else.
Next do the same thing and cut 2 strips of the straight feathers. You will only use 4.
Now cut a piece of batting and inside backing a little bigger than your block. NOTE: I am using a old sheet that I pieced for my backing as it will be inside the pillow and not seen. I like a backing because I wash my pillow covers and don’t want to worry about the batting. Save your matching fabric for the actual back of your pillow.
This pillow was made using my 15-91 Singer sewing machine which is 60 years old and only has a straight stitch. I did a free-motion applique but you can applique your preferred way. I used a dark brown thread to accent the feather pieces.
Next I switched to a ecru thread and stipple quilted my background.
Trim your pillow to a 19 inch square. Then cut 2 pieces of fabric for the pillow back.
- 1 piece 13 x 19
- 1 piece 11 x 19
- Take each piece and fold one 19 inch side over 1/4″, press and fold over 1/4″ again.
- Have a supervisor make sure you do the next step correctly. Simon loves this job!
Have your pillow top lying face up and then lay the 11 x 19 piece face down on your pillow front. Next put the 13 x 19 inch piece face down on top of the 11 x 19 inch piece. Pin and stitch a 1/2 inch seam around the pillow. Remove pins, trim the corners and turn right side out.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, now I just have to figure out a name for the pillow. I think I am seeing a couple more things made with the other HST’s on my design wall and a giveaway coming so stop back.
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