There is nothing more fun than a fast and easy quilt project! Last week I showed you the neat Lily & Loom fabrics that I was starting to work with and believe it or not…..I couldn’t put this fast and easy clamshell pillow down. Missed that post? Be sure to read it. This is raw-edge applique.
Fast and easy raw-edge appliqueclamshell pillow tutorial!
16″ x 16″
This is pretty much the same tutorial that I shared when I made the Avalon Clamshell pillow tutorial, you might want to take a quick peek at it. Different fabrics give a completely different look.
- 1 charm pack – you will use 32 of them
- 1 fat quarter for backing
- 1 fat quarter of muslin
- Elmer’s Washable School Glue
- 14″ zipper
- Accuquilt GO! #55435 4″ Clamshell die
Cut out your clamshell shapes using the AccuQuilt GO! clamshell die. I was also able to cut out two little 1 ½” squares from the scraps that I’ll use for another project.
I marked a couple lines with my FriXon pen just to help me keep my pieces straight, it isn’t necessary, just line up the clamshells so they are touching just a little.
Place one row of clamshells on the muslin backing and then use the Elmer’s Washable Glue to keep them in place. Do one row at a time.
Here is a photo showing how I glue the applique clamshell pieces. When the glue dries it is clear, I never have any trouble stitching through it either.
I used Aurifil #2324 thread, it is a neutral color that blended in very well with the fabrics and I did free-motion quilting on the clamshells. It was easier for me to work with my pillow upside down as I did my quilting.
First I stitched close to the edge around the entire applique clamshell and then I just did some lines. You could do any kind of free-motion quilting on the applique clamshells.
I forgot to mention that you should putt batting behind the muslin. This is a great way to use up old scrap pieces of batting. I always keep them, trim them to straight edges and then zig zag the pieces together. I probably shouldn’t show you this photo……wiggle squiggle quilting and I ran out of the bobbin thread half way through so I just used a different color…no one will see it.
The second row requires a split clamshell for each end. I cut it in half and used both pieces on the same row.
Continue adding rows.
Here is my applique clamshell pillow ready to be trimmed. I did 8 rows of 4 clamshells, now it is time to trim it.
I trimmed the pillow to 16″ x 16″, there isn’t much waste.For the back of the pillow I used one of the fat quarters in the Lily & Loom collection…..I finally had to open the bundle….guess that means I’ll have to make another quilt project!The plan was to make a overlap backing on the pillow but a fat quarter at 18″ x 22″ wasn’t going to work. Not enough fabric for the overlap. If I would have had 2 fat quarters of the same fabric I could have. I dug into my drawer of zippers (doesn’t everyone have a zipper stash) and found a perfect color match.
I’m not sharing a tutorial on add the zipper here as I forgot to take pictures. Basically I add a zipper by cutting the fabric in half, sewing it back together with a 1/2′ seam and doing a basting stitch the length of the zipper. Be sure and stitch a tight seam for the rest of the seam. I then press the seam allowance open and lay the zipper right side down on it. Pin and then stitch. When I’m done I remove the basting stitches.
Make sure you open your zipper before sewing the back to the front of the pillow…..trust me…..you don’t want to forget this step. Place right sides together. Stitch around the pillow with a 1/4″ seam and turn your pillow right side out.I have mentioned many times that I’m not a perfectionist, I love cutting, stitching, quilting…..everything about quilting and I usually can’t wait to get to the next quilt project.
Many times there may be a small mistake and I don’t fret about it. Can you see the mistake in the pillow? I could have gone back and fixed it but I didn’t. Now if this were going to a quilt show, quilt market or if I was selling it…..I would have fixed it.
This is a pillow to be loved and washed over and over so I don’t think the little oops will matter to my granddaughters.
The top blue clamshell has a little pleat in it.
I hope you have enjoyed this fast and easy Raw-edge Applique Clamshell Pillow Tutorial, if you make a pillow I would love to see it!
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