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Last week I did a guest blog post on the AccuQuilt blog and shared the tutorial for my fast and easy owl pillow. I had a few people email me that they had trouble viewing it so I decided to share it here also. I made the green pillow and mentioned that with two granddaughters……I was going to have to make another pillow. I have it done! They are going to love their new pillows!
- Cream for the center blocks
- Assorted colorful scraps
- 2/3 yard of green batik for the border and backing
- small amount of fusible for the applique
- 17 inch square of muslin
- 16 inch square pillow form
I used my GO! BIG Electric Fabric cutter.
Cut 4 – 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares using the 4 1/2″ square that is part of the GO! Ohio Star 12″ Finished die.
I have a habit of marking my dies with the amount of fabric I want to cut for each section on the die.
Sew all seams with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Sew the 4 squares together.
Island Batik had sent me a sampling of beautiful batiks that I thought would look neat in a pillow.
I used my 2 1/2 inch Strip Cutter die to trim the pieces to 2 1/2 inch strips.
Next I rotated the strips lining them up with the 90 degree mark and cut them into 2 1/2″ squares.
The cream center blocks measure 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.
Sew 4 of the 2 1/2″ squares together for each side and 6 together for the top and bottom.
Sew the sections to the center blocks.
Last month when we were on vacation I picked up the cute little Go! Owl die in Minnesota and this is the first time I have had a chance to use it.
Here is my owl ready for applique. I used Heat & Bond Lite for my fusible and did my applique with a free-motion stitch. The piece measures 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.
I decided to add a border so I used the 2 1/2″ Strip cutter again.
You will use: 2 – 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips and 2 – 2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ strips for the border.
Layer your pillow top, batting and a piece of muslin. Quilt as desired.
- Make the envelope back of the pillow. Measure two pieces of the green batik 17″ x 12″.
- Fold 1/4″ down on the 17″ side, then fold another 1″ and top-stitch for a finished seam.
- Do this once on both pieces.
- Overlap the finished seam pieces and place right side together with the front pillow piece.
- with a 1/4″ seam allowance all around the pillow.
- Turn the pillow right side out and press.
- Top-stitch around the edge of the pillow if desired.
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