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!
- Amy Ellis
- April Rosenthal
- Lisa Calle
- Natalia Bonner
- Megan Bohr
- Amanda Woodruff
- Heather Valentine
- Amy Smart
- Vanessa Christenson
- Maureen Cracknell
- Amanda Jean Nyberg
- Dana Bolyard
- Christina Lane
- Heather Bostic
- Audrie Bidwell
- Amanda Herring
Today on the QuiltCast, Amy and I talked all about Quilt Backs (to piece, or not to piece?), Wide (108″) backing fabric, quilting disasters (you really should hear about the time I unpicked a queen size quilt…) and finally, we talked about our go to items in the kitchen.
The kitchen, you say?
Why yes. Because in addition to being quilters and designers, we’re also moms and humans. :) Gotta eat sometime. And staying healthy and balanced is KEY for my creativity to flourish. So. Kitchen tools were our top 5 this week. One of the tools I mentioned that helps save my sanity is this sweet little PDF I use to keep our menu and food choices organized. It’s so nice to have it up where everyone can see it–then they know what they are having for dinner and what their snack choices are without asking me 26 billion times per day. Also, the items I purchase that I need for meals haven’t mysteriously disappeared by the time I need them. Win-Win I say.
Thought I’d share the PDF with you, in the hopes it will make your world just a little more happy. :) And while it’s not quilting related, I figure, if you’re organized in one place, it just frees up time for more sewing, amiright?
Wow you guys! It’s like you love April Showers fabric or something!
I have a few fun things to show you real quick and then I’ll get on with announcing the winner.
First: I got this fun quilt back,
and I had totally forgotten about it!
Because of printing deadlines, and magazine release timeframes,
I made this quilt way back in the spring, sent it off, and barely remembered it.
It was really fun to get it back, and have a Christmas quilt in my house this year!
I made it with various quilting cottons from my stash,
and backed it with a fabulous retro print from Michael Miller.
The backing fabric inspired my color choices on the embroidery. I mean really, who can resist pink, aqua, red, and green presents?
I did the embroidery with some really pretty floss from Sublime Stitching, and it has held its’ color through multiple washings, and hasn’t pilled up or lost texture. There’s no bleeding on to the white background. Basically, this floss rocks. And no, they didn’t pay me to say that. They have some great colors over there. Go check them out.
The Best Christmas Quilts magazine hit newsstands a few months ago, but I’d imagine you can still get your hands on it.
Speaking of getting your hands on magazines, my Mother-in-Law told me just the other day…
…that she saw that my very first magazine was out on the stands again, reprinted!
So, if you missed your chance to get a hold of Best Fat Quarter Quilts when it was out the first time,
and are just dying to make Confetti Parade,
head on out and pick up your copy before it’s out of print again.
I’ve had my Confetti Parade quilt hanging in my living room for quite some time now, and so far, I’m still not sick of looking at it.
Okay, enough of my chatter…
How about a winner?!
The winner of the April Showers layer cake, and a couple of my new patterns is Sue, comment number 28! (As chosen by random.org)
Sue, there’s an email in your inbox, message me back so I can ship out your goodies ASAP!
I’m gearing up to record another episode of QuiltCast with Amy Ellis tomorrow. Have you been listening?
You guys! It’s Christmas time, and I’m feeling giving! For all of you that are here from Sew Mama Sew, Welcome! I’m April Rosenthal, I design patterns, and love fabric and color. I’m so glad you’re here, stay a while!
I haven’t had a giveaway in a LOOONG time, so it’s high time I rectified that.
I figure this should make up for it. A layer cake of Bonnie and Camille’s April Showers line, which isn’t even in stores yet, plus a few of my new patterns too. Don’t ever say I didn’t give you nothing :)
To enter, just tell me what your favorite fabric line of all time is.
Giveaway will be open until 5PM PST December 13th at which time I will draw a winner randomly. Winner will be notified by December 15th.
International entries welcome.
Love you lots!
PS To enter more giveaways, head on over to Sew Mama Sew for hundreds of chances to win! xoxo