Pillows are always a great way to add a bit of color to a room especially a pillow with some raw edge applique. There are several ways to applique but using a straight stitch is my favorite way.
This is a quilt project that I started a few years ago. The reason was never finished is because there wasn't enough contrast between the yellow petals on the daisy flower and the background.
I thought about doing the free motion quilting with orange thread or at least doing one or two lines of orange around the flower but I wasn't sure I would like it.
The piece was packed away and when I recently went through boxes of unfinished applique quilt projects, I found it and decided it was time to finish it.
Have you ever used Fabric Markers? I have had this set of Tulip Fabric Markers for a while and love them. My granddaughters really love using them.
I started with the orange pen and just started coloring in the small petals. It really made a difference!
Maybe it would have been better if I colored the large petals with orange but once I did one small petal....I was committed.
There was a deep yellow that I used to go over the large petals to add a little more color to them. It really helped with the contrast.
18-inch Applique Pillow
Batik fabrics are wonderful for raw edge applique as they don't fray that much.
- 1 yard of cream batik
- ⅛ yard dark yellow - cut 13 large flower petals
- ⅛ yard orange - cut 13 small flower petals
- A scrap of dark red - cut 1 center circle
- ⅛ yard green - cut 2 leaves
- Darker green piece - cut 1 stem
Cut an 18-inch square of the cream batik for the pillow top.
Print the template layout pieces and tape them together, place this behind the cream batik and use this as the placement of your flower. You could also use a fusing mat which allows you to place the paper design beneath the mat and then layer and fuse your pieces on top. I have one and will have to do a review on it. I love it!
Raw Edge Applique
Raw-edge applique is my favorite way to applique quilt projects. It is fast and easy to do.
This technique uses fusible web like Heat n Bond Lite. There are other brands like Wonder Under, Steam a Seam and, Soft Fuse but this is my favorite.
- Trace the applique flower templates to the back of the fusible web. I usually just use a pencil for my tracing
- I have already reversed the leaves and stem for you
- Cut out the pieces leaving a little room around each piece
- Place the rough side of the fusible to the wrong side of your fabric
- Press following the manufacturer's instructions.
- Cut the pieces out
- Remove the backing paper
Using a clear open-toed foot when doing applique makes it easy to see what you are doing. I used my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine to do my applique and all of the quilting.
I will usually put a piece of newsprint paper behind my piece before I stitch it but it isn't usually necessary if you are doing the straight stitch applique. If you do any kind of applique where you go off of the template piece then definitely use something on the back of your piece.
Quilt your pillow
Once the applique is finished, place a layer of batting behind the top and quilt it. I enjoyed doing a free motion stipple design on this. I added a little bit of veins to the leaves and when I went around the flower petals I stitched right up to the center of the flower to make the flower pop a little.
Finishing the pillow
For this pillow, I decided to do an envelope-style pillow back instead of adding a zipper.
Envelope style pillow back:
Cut two pieces of the print 18″ x 13″ for the pillow back. On each piece fold the one side under ¼” and press.
On one piece fold under another 1” and topstitch it. On the other piece fold under ¼″ and topstitch.
Place the 1″ top stitched piece face down on the pillow top, then place the ¼” top stitched piece face down on top of it. Pin the pieces to the front of the pillow.
Stitch around the pillow with a ¼” seam allowance. Double stitch over the area where the back pieces overlap. This will make the stitches stronger.
Turn the pillow right side out and press. Now all you have to do is add an 18-inch pillow insert. Enjoy your beautiful pillow!
If you are looking for placemats, don't forget to checkout my Midnight Glow placemats tutorial!
Get the Daisy Flower Applique Pillow pattern that includes full-size templates for the pillow and also a bonus smaller size that can be used for other quilt projects.
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