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Do you enjoy making and gifting pillows as much as I do? You will have fun making this beautiful musical notes pillow.
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Musical Notes Pillow
16″ x 16″
If someone in your family or a friend loves music then you should make them a pillow like this one. This is bright and colorful and would look perfect on a bed, in the living room or on the deck. I really had fun making my musical notes pillow and hope you enjoy the tutorial
To make this pillow I used the new AccuQuilt GO! Music Medley die and my Electric GO! cutter. AccuQuilt describes this die as:
This die is music to any quilter’s ears because it cuts four appliqué shapes at one time. Use the Treble Clef, Quarter Note, Eighth Note and Singe Bar Note to create projects that put a song in your heart. Apply fusible web to the wrong side of fabrics prior to cutting for quick and easy appliqué.
I like music but it has been years…..and years since I played the violin in grade school and I didn’t remember what the notes were so I googled musical notations to get an idea of how to play the notes on the lines. I forgot to ask my granddaughter who plays the clarinet how I did when she was here last week.
I used some more of that fun bolt of batik that I bought last fall when we stopped at SR Harris Fabric in Minnesota. If you ever are in the area be sure and stop, you won’t believe all of the fabrics and the prices are half off. There is a store in Burnsville, MN and also Brooklyn Park MN. I’ve been to both of them.
- 1 yard light colored fabric
- 5½” x 10¼” scraps of four bright batiks
- 1/2 yard Heat n Bond Lite
- Frixon pen for marking
- 17″ x 17″ batting
- 16″ pillow form
- Cut a 17″ x 17″ square from the light background fabric.
- Fold in half and press.
- Measure up 1 inch from this line and mark a line across your fabric, measure up 1 inch again and do this until you have five lines.
- Measure down from the center 1 inch and mark a line across your fabric, measure down 1 inch again and do this until you have five lines.
- This will leave a 2 inch space in the center of your pillow.
I still like using my Frixon pens for marking and when I mark a straight line and then stitch over it I never worry about it reappearing. Dritz also has a set of Quilting Heat Erase Pens and there is even a white pen in that set. I haven’t tried them yet but I just added them to my Wish list on Amazon.
Stitch on the lines twice with a dark blue thread – I used Aurifil 40 wt thread Do this before you add the appliqued notes to the pillow top.
Apply 5¼” x 10″ Heat n Bond Lite to each of the four 5½” x 10¼” strips bright batik pieces following the manufactures instructions.
Place fabric right side up on the Musical Medley die and cut out. Place the notes on your pillow and applique. I chose to do a free-motion stitch along the edges of the appliques.
Add a layer of batting and quilt as desired.
Trim the pillow top to 16½” x 16½”.
Making the Pillow back:
Cut two pieces 16½” x 10″ for a envelope style pillow.
Fold under one long edge (16½”) twice and stitch down on both pieces.
Lay one backing piece right sides together with the pillow front. (The folded edge should be facing
up.) Lay the other piece also right side together on top. Stitch a 1/4” seam around the edge. Turn
right side out.
The Clamshell pillow is also raw-edge applique – one of these days I’ll make a clamshell project by sewing the curved pieces together but right now, this is my favorite way to use this die. The Queen of Hearts Pillow was made with some of my leftover scraps and I just realized I haven’t posted that pillow yet. I’ll get that done soon and then add the link. You can also checkout the Queen of Hearts pillow tutorial on AccuQuilt’s blog.
It would be beautiful on a white comforter!
Be sure to checkout my other tutorials.