Today I get to be a part of the Pillow Collective!
Amy and I thought it would be fun to highlight some fun, fast projects that you can use to spruce up your living space during these cold dreary months before spring comes.
I’ve been wanting to make a bolster pillow for some time, and I always have need to use up my leftover Half Square Triangles, so I figure a bolster made from HST’s is perfect, right?
Now, I know we’re supposed to share a tutorial for our pillow, but in this case I’m going to have to give you rough instructions, because so much about this pillow depends on your pillow form. Sorry for the lack of pictures, it was late when I was sewing and the pictures didn’t turn out at all. I’ll snag you some as soon as I can.
So, HST bolster pillow…here we come!
First off, snag a bolster pillow form. Mine was pretty big, but I’m sure they come in all different sizes.
Measure the length and the circumference of the pillow, write those numbers down.
Then, trace the end of the pillow on a sheet of paper.
Make (70) Half Square triangles by cutting (35) 3″ colored squares, and (35) background squares. Using my quick HST method, make (2) HSTs with one colored and one white square, by sewing two season either side of the midline, and cutting the pieces apart. Press toward darker fabric.
Cut (6) 2 1/2″ strips and (2) 6″ strips th
at are an inch or two longer than the bolster.
Lay out your half square triangles in your desired pattern, using 2 1/2″ strips in between the rows. Place 6″ sashing on the top and bottom of the rows. Stitch blocks together in rows, pressing seams open. Stitch rows to sashing, press toward sashing. Finished panel should be large enough to cover the bolster with about 6 inches of overlap. (Remember when you measured the circumference and length, those will come in handy here.)
Layer quilted panel with batting and backing and quilt as desired. I used metallic thread and quilted it in a wavy line.
Hem the 6″ top and bottom sashing strips by folding under 3/4″, and then folding 3.4″ again. Press and topstitch in place.
Cut out 2 circles for the ends of the pillow, using the traced circle from the end of the pillow. Layer circles with batting and backing and quilt as desired.
Pin panel to the circle, right sides together, allowing the panel to overlap about 3 inches.
On my bolster, I placed a few pleats in my panel, to help it lay more smoothly.
Stitch around the circle. Repeat on opposite side.
Turn pillow cover right side out, and place pillow form inside. It should be snug.
On my pillow, I finished with a large button, which helps the envelope style closure from gaping open.
Plus, who needs an excuse to use a 2″ button?
Hope you love my bolster as much as I do!
Have so much fun on the rest of the Pillow Collective stops today, and throughout the week!
PS Visit the other stops on the Pillow Collective today and throughout the rest of the week!
August. It’s all about swimming pools, and sunshine. Am I right or am I right?
So naturally, this block just had to be made from a nice pool aqua, and golden sun yellows, and some orange too, for the sweltering heat.
Here’s the thing. By the end of August, I’m almost always at the end of my hot weather rope. A girl can only take so much sweating to death in the dry arid desert mountains. (<–Utah.)
So that first little chill in the air that hits right around the end of August? One of my favorite things ever–because fall? Best season. Of course, Spring, Winter, and Summer are the best too.
Turns out I’m a season girl.
I love that the seasons always manage to change just when I think I can’t stand another day of cold, or hot, or mud, or wind.
It keeps me excited and looking forward, encouraged, to know that change will come, and bring fresh new days with it.
Cut the following:
(12) 3″ orange squares
(12) 3″ yellow squares
(24) 3″ aqua squares
(1) 3″ x 12″ linen rectangle
(2) 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ aqua strips
(2) 1-1/4″ x 11″ aqua strips
Pair each yellow square and each orange square with an aqua square.
Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all yellow and orange squares and stitch on either side of the marked line, or use my HST Hack method to make 2 Half Square Triangles from each yellow/aqua and orange/aqua pair. Square up the HSTs to 2″.
Stitch HSTs into (6) yellow/aqua and (6) orange/aqua pinwheels. Make pinwheels by arranging as shown, stitching top two and bottom two HSTs together, pressing seams in opposite directions to allow the seam to nest. Stitch rows together. Square up to 3-1/2″. Set aside.
Mark a 10-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ rectangle on the linen rectangle using a disappearing marker. Using the templates provided, applique the letters in the rectangle you just marked. Square up rectangle to 2″ x 11″.
Stitch long aqua strips to both sides of linen word strip. Press toward aqua. Stitch short aqua strips to top and bottom of linen word strip. Press toward aqua.
Lay out the pinwheels as shown, stitch together in columns, and then stitch columns together.
Finish assembling the block by stitching pinwheel sections to bordered word strip.
Finished block: 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″
Download the block letters here.
Came and went in a hurry.
With the help of a sweet, sweet friend, I managed to do a bit of growing. Meaning, she literally shoved me out of my comfort zone. So far, it’s been awesome. Can’t wait to show you some of the results.
Also, my garden grew.
Are there awards for the largest zucchini? I think I might could take first, second, and third place.
PS Did you miss any of the other Twelve Words Block of the month blocks? Here you go, friends. Click here.
Cut the following:
(1) 8″ Linen Square
(4) 4″ red squares, cut once on the diagonal to make (8) triangles
(1) 7½” Navy Blue Square, cut twice on diagonals to make (4) triangles
(4) 3½” navy blue squares
Trace and embroider the word on the center of the linen square. Square up to 6½”.
Make (4) flying geese by sewing a red triangle to each short side of a navy triangle.
Lay out the block.
Piece the block in rows, pressing out on the top and bottom rows, and in on the middle row.
Stitch rows together. Press.
Makes (1) 12½” square block.
Here’s the embroidery download. :)
Hello sweet friends!
Here’s my fun June block for the Twelve Words Block of the Month.
I kinda love it.
It turned out to be a delightful surprise, as I had a different block planned and finished for June, but when I put it alongside the previous 5 blocks, it just didn’t jive, you know what I mean?
Turns out that block will work out better later in the year, and this block works perfectly now.
Sometimes, the most delightful surprises aren’t the ones you planned. They aren’t things you control or expect.
As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.
I think I’m going to plaster that on my wall somewhere. For the less-than-delightful surprises.
PS Let’s make this block, shall we? Miss the previous blocks? Here you go: January, February, March, April, and May.
(12-15) fabric strips in widths between 3/4″ and 2½” wide.
(1) 3½” x 18″ linen fabric strip (for middle strip)
(1) 10″ x 4″ dark colored rectangle
(1) 12½” x 12½” piece of lightweight paper (I used newsprint.)
Use a glue stick to temporarily adhere your linen strip across the paper square, on a diagonal, making sure it is evenly centered.
Place next strip right sides together and sew to the right edge of the linen strip.
Press away from the linen.
Continue placing, sewing, and pressing strips to cover the newsprint out to the corner.
Repeat on the left side.
Gently tear away newsprint paper.
Applique word using your favorite method. (Tutorial for machine applique using fuseable web, here.)
Trim the block to 12½” square, being sure to center the linen strip on the diagonal.
Download the template for the word here.
Post pictures in the flickr group. :)