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Pillow Collective: Beautiful Bolster Pillow

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Sooooo….

Today I get to be a part of the Pillow Collective!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Measure the length and the circumference of the pillow, write those numbers down.

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Then, trace the end of the pillow on a sheet of paper.

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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.

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Stitch around the circle. Repeat on opposite side.

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Turn pillow cover right side out, and place pillow form inside. It should be snug.

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On my pillow, I finished with a large button, which helps the envelope style closure from gaping open.

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Plus, who needs an excuse to use a 2″ button?

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Hope you love my bolster as much as I do!

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Have so much fun on the rest of the Pillow Collective stops today, and throughout the week!

xoxo

April

PS Visit the other stops on the Pillow Collective today and throughout the rest of the week!

 

 



Quick and Easy Half Square Triangle (HST) Hack

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The other day (or like, two months ago) on QuiltCast, Amy and I were talking about shortcuts and tools we use in our studio. I mentioned blue painter’s tape, and how I use it for making Half Square Triangles (HST) quick and easy. WITHOUT MARKING. Yes, you read that correctly. I don’t mark the back of my half square triangles. I’m a quilting rebel, what can I say. (By the way, have you been listening to QuiltCast? It’s a podcast for quilters that I’m doing with Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side. We’re getting some great feedback on it, and I’d love yours. Head on over and download it and let me know what you think? xoxo)

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Anyway, I figured you’d want to see this awesome little hack, because hey, it saves me a ton of time…and who really loves marking the back of HSTs anyway? *crickets*

That’s what I thought.

So get yourself some blue painter’s tape, and let’s do this thing.

Mark one line right down the middle of the tape, and another line 1/4″ away on either side, for a total of 3 lines.

Put the tape on your extension table, lining up the middle line with your needle. Be sure not to place the tape over the feed dogs.

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To sew a standard HST, line up the top corner with your needle and place under your presser foot. Align the other corner with the middle line.

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Start sewing,

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keeping the bottom corner on the middle line as you sew.

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Sew all the way to the other corner…

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set your seam, trim your excess,

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press toward the dark, and VOILA!

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To make 2 HSTs, simply align your top corner with your 1/4″ seam allowance (I use the edge of my patchwork foot) and the right or left line.

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Sew,

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then rotate and repeat…

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on the other side of the diagonal.

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Cut between the two seams…

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Set seams, press toward dark, trim up, and check it out! Two HSTs and NO marking!

Seriously people, it’s like magic. (However, it is not magic taking photos in the basement.)

On my table, the biggest HSTs I can do with this method is 3″ square–but for those of you lucky ducks who have a custom table where your machine is inset, you may be able to go even bigger. Just make sure your tape is straight out from the needle.

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What do you think? Will you try my Half Square Triangle Hack? Do you have any fast and easy methods of your own? I’d love to hear them!

Also. YOU GUYS. New Patterns and a Black Friday coupon code coming tomorrow!! I’m crossing my fingers you love these new ones as much as I do.

xoxo
April

 



Twelve Words Block of the Month #8: August Encourage

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August. It’s all about swimming pools, and sunshine. Am I right or am I right?

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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Turns out I’m a season girl.

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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.

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It keeps me excited and looking forward, encouraged, to know that change will come, and bring fresh new days with it.

xoxo

April

Instructions:

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

Piecing:

Pair each yellow square and each orange square with an aqua square. encourage-01

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″.

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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. encourage-09

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″.

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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.

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Lay out the pinwheels as shown, stitch together in columns, and then stitch columns together.

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Finish assembling the block by stitching pinwheel sections to bordered word strip.

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Finished block: 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″

Download the block letters here.



Twelve Words Block of the Month #7: July Grow

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So. July.

Came and went in a hurry.

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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.

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Twelve Words BLock of the Month-37 Are there awards for the largest zucchini? I think I might could take first, second, and third place.

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April

PS Did you miss any of the other Twelve Words Block of the month blocks? Here you go, friends. Click here.

Twelve Words BLock of the Month-39 Instructions:

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”.

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July2 Make (4) flying geese by sewing a red triangle to each short side of a navy triangle.

July3 Lay out the block.

July4 Piece the block in rows, pressing out on the top and bottom rows, and in on the middle row.

July5 Stitch rows together. Press. July6 Makes (1) 12½” square block.

Here’s the embroidery download. :)



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