I finished up the tutorial for the Brick Road pillow! If you would like to know how to make the Brick Road Quilt Pillow just keep reading. Since I already have lots of pillows, I decided to make a table topper instead. I never know what I’m going to make sometimes until I’m done. Are you that way also?
As I mentioned yesterday, I couldn’t find the original photos of the pillow so I decided to make it again so I could show you photos of the steps. Here is the pieced top before I decided to make it into a table topper instead of a pillow.
Here you can see the pillow and the table topper. You can also read my first post when I talked about working on the light blue Brick Road pillow.
This is a very simple pattern that uses 3 colors. I am using batiks and one of them is a fairly large multi-colored print. Each rectangle cut looks entirely different.
I also picked a green that was in the print for my accent color. I’m still having trouble getting the colors right with my camera when I use it in the house. Very frustrating.
- White – 1/8 yard
- Multi-print – 1/8 yard
- Green – 3/4 yard includes pillow back or table topper & binding
I used scraps for this project so most of my pieces were cut individually. If you use yardage then cut strips the length of the fabric as shown below. The pieces I had weren’t long enough to make this work so I just cut separate pieces.
Cutting Strips WOF
- White – cut strips 1″ x width of the fabric (WOF)
- Green – cut strip 2″ x width of the fabric (WOF)
- Multi-print – cut strip 3″ x width of the fabric (WOF)
Sew with a ¼” seam allowance.
- Sew a white strip to both sides of the green print
- Press seams toward the green print
- Sew the mult-print to one side of the white strips
- Press toward the multi-print
- Cut sections 2″ wide
Cut Individual Pieces
- White – cut 42 – 1″ x 2″ rectangles
- Green – cut 21 – 2″ x 2″ squares
- Multi-print – cut 21 – 2″ x 3″ rectangles
Set one white 1″ x 2″ piece to the left side of the green 2″ square. Repeat adding one white 1″ x 2″ piece to the right side. Press seams toward the green fabric. Next add one multi-print 2″ x 3″ rectangle to the section you just made. Press the seam toward the multi-print.
Colors used in diagrams
Make 21 sections like this.
Sew 3 sections together to make a row. Press the seams toward the multi-print. Repeat this step for a total of 7 rows.
Cut the following:
White – cut 8 – 1″ x 15½” sashing strips, sew the strips between the rows and also at the top and bottom.
Normally I don’t do much pinning and the design is very forgiving in the way the rows line up and I’m not a perfectionist.
To get everything to line up better, you may want to do a little pinning. I’m using my vintage 15-91 Singer which has painter’s tape marking my ¼” seam allowance.
Add the borders
- The piece should measure 15″ square
- Cut 2 – 2″ x 15″ strips, sew to the sides
- Cut 2 – 2″ x 18″ strips, sew to the top and bottom
Add batting and a backing like muslin – quilt as desired. Here is a closeup of the quilting that I did. This is just straight-stitch sewing with a regular foot on my machine. I didn’t mark any lines, I just eye-balled it. If you are hesitant to try free-motion quilting then you should definitely try this!
- Cut 2 pieces of the green fabric – 13″ x 18″.
- On each piece fold one of the 18″ sides under ¼” and press.
- On one piece, fold under another 1″ and top stitch it.
- On the other piece, fold under ¼” again and top stitch.
- Place the 1″ top stitched piece face down on the right side of the pillow top.
- Next place the ¼” top stitched piece face down on top of it.
- Pin the pieces and stitch around the pillow with a ¼” seam allowance.
- Double stitch over the area where the back pieces overlap to make the seams stronger.
Add batting and a backing, the green yardage will be enough for the backing and binding. Since I used scraps in my stash, my backing is different. You can also see some of my stitching done with Auifil thread.
Cut 2 strips of 2½” x width of fabric for the binding. Sew your binding strips together and then fold lengthwise. I like to sew my binding to the front of the quilt and then topstitch on the back of the quilt just a hair past the stitching line. You can also hand stitch your binding.
This could also be used as a giant mug rug. So nice to actually have a photo that shows the correct colors!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial and I would love to see any project your make with it. I created a pdf that is just 2 pages but has all of the information needed to make either the pillow or table topper. There are full-color diagrams included.
You might get a kick out of this photo, I laid the Brick Road table topper on top of the pillow and it gives you an idea of how this would look if I had made it into a pillow like the light blue Brick Road pillow.