In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: First Love Pillow

In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop

Welcome back to our next pillow in the In Stitches series!  This one is First Love pillow, and you bet you will fall head over heels for the simple piecing technique we’ve come up with to easily create this beautiful diamond pattern.

first love pillow

Fabric Requirements & Tools

For the pillow, you will need these fabric requirements.

  • Two 1/8 yards of light print fabric for pillow front
  • Two 1/4 yards of dark print fabric for pillow front
  • 1/4 yard fabric for binding
  • 3/4 yard fabric for backing
  • 20” square of batting
  • 20” square of muslin
  • Coordinating thread of your choice to piece and quilt (we used Aurifil Blush 50wt)
  • One pillow form (we prefer the 18″ square for extra fullness)

We selected our four prints from the Yes, Please collection from Riley Blake Fabrics for the striking combo of black, white and rose gold metallic!  It’s our favorite color lately.

step 1

Cutting Instructions:

For cutting, we subcut our strips into lots of triangles, and the Creative Grids Half-Square 4-in-1 Triangle Ruler ruler came in very handy, though you can certainly use a small square ruler as well.

step 2

From each light print fabric cut:
1 – 3 1/2” x WOF strip, subcut into 9 triangles (18 total)

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From each dark print fabric cut:
2 – 3 1/2” x WOF strips, subcut into 12 triangles (24 total)

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From the binding fabric cut:
2 – 2 1/2” x WOF strips

From the backing fabric cut:
2 – 20” x 24” rectangles

 

Assembly Instructions:

With right sides facing, place a light print triangle on a coordinating dark print triangle. Offset a 1/4” on the two joining corners, as shown, and press open.

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Repeat with the same fabrics, continuing to offset a 1/4″ on the two joining corners and pressing open.

step 8

Assemble four matching dark print triangles and three matching light print triangles. Make three Row One Units.

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Repeat the steps above with four matching dark print triangles and three matching light print triangles. Make three Row Two Units.

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Assemble one Row One Unit and one Row Two Unit as shown, paying close attention to the row placement.  Press open and make three Complete Row Units.

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Our sewing machine settings for piecing on the Bernina 770 QE

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Assemble the Complete Row Units paying close attention to row placement. Press open.  It should look like this!

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Square up the Pillow Top to 17 1/2″ square, trimming the excess fabric.

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Quilt, Trim, Bind and Dazzle!

Layer the pillow top, batting and muslin, and quilt as desired. To let the rose gold shine, we quilted it minimally with straight lines. We selected a matching thread color and used our #37 patchwork foot as a guide along our seams.  Simple as that!  Trim the excess batting and muslin.

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Our sewing machine settings for quilting the pillow top on the Bernina 770 QE

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Fold the Fabric F rectangles in half along the 24″ side with wrong sides together for the Pillow Backing. Folded in half, they should measure 12″ x 20″.  Layer the two folded Fabric F rectangles with a 4” overlap with folds in the center and raw edges on the outside.

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Place the Pillow Top right side up on the Pillow Backing, matching centers. Pin and baste 1/8” away from the edge. Trim excess Pillow Backing.

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Piece the Fabric E strips end to end for binding. Bind as desired.

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Et voila!  Your First Love pillow is done and ready to dazzle!

pillow close up

We hope you LOVE this pillow as much as we loved making it, and please comment with more ideas on what other tutorials you’d like to see us do!  If you make the First Love pillow, please share it with us, we are looking forward to seeing your unique versions.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: Meadow Slumber Pillow

Get ready to travel in style with this month’s In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop’s pillow project! The Meadow Slumber Pillow is perfectly sized to tote along on your car or plane ride, and it’s sew adorable that all of your fellow travelers will be begging you for your secret! Be prepared for jaws to drop when you tell them that you made it!
This beautiful pillow uses five of the fabrics from the beautiful new Meadow collection by Camelot and Aurifil 50 wt in Light Robin’s Egg color 2710! As soon as we got the Meadow collection in we couldn’t wait to create something with those beautiful and trendy florals! We’re loving those light navy prints, and we added the Meadow White Bouquet to the back for a bold pop of contrast!
Meadow Slumber Pillow Instructions
Cut 4 – 4.5” x 12.5” rectangles for the top (if fabric is directional pay attention to direction of the fabric)
Cut 3 – 1” x 12.5” rectangles for the flange – fold in half wrong sides together.
Place the flange in the center of the first two rectangles and pin it in place.
Continue to make the pillow top.
Cut 1 – 14 ½” x 18 ½” batting piece

 

Cut 1 – 14 ½” x 18 ½” muslin rectangle for Pillow Top backing
Layer the Quilt Top, Batting and Pillow Top Backing
Quilt on your BERNINA 770 QE with a 10D foot, a 3.5 stitch length and move your stitch to the right two spots.  Also use matching Aurifil thread color 2710  for contrast on the dark panels!
Trim Quilt Top
Cut two – 13” x 23” rectangles for the pillow backing
Put wrong sides together and pressCenter on the back of the pillow overlapping 4”

 

Pin in place and baste around the edge. Trim excess backingCut 2 – 2” x width of fabric strips

 

Bind
And there you have it! An easy-as-can-be stylish pillow to tote along on your next adventure! Be sure to share you project photos with us on social media! #meadowslumberpillow #bernina #institcheswithfatquartershop

 

In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: Sugar Coated Dreams

In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop
Hold on to your seats, because we have a FUN, new Fat Quarter Shop exclusive series with our friends at Bernina! This six-part series titled, In Stitches, will bring you a new pillow design each month!

This month’s pillow is called Sugar Coated Dreams and features the darling and dainty collection Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics! We selected a pretty Aurifil pink color 2415 for a pop of color and to showcase the precise stitches from our BERNINA 770 QE!

Ready to make your own?! Head on over to WeAllSew for step-by-step instructions and a chance to enter a fun giveaway!