In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: Gone Batty Pillow

in stitches with Fat Quarter SHop


Welcome to the last project in our In Stitches pillow series for the WeAllSew blog!  It is now October, and with the impending holiday season upon us, we’re feeling a bit… batty!  We hope you love this fun-not-frightening pillow featuring Eek Boo Shriek by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics.  Featuring an applique of a swooping black bat, we have aptly named it the Gone Batty Pillow, and it can be whipped up in just a few hours, just in time for Halloween.  Share your versions with us on Instagram so we can share them too!

Gone Batty Pillow

Here’s what you’ll need for the Gone Batty pillow…

Fabric Requirements & Tools:

materials for Gone Batty pillow

Cutting Requirements:

From the pillow top fabric, cut:
1 – 14 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ rectangle

From the pillow back fabric, cut:
2 – 12 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ rectangles

From the binding fabric, cut:
2 – 2 1/4″ x WOF strips

From the batting, cut:
1 – 14 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ rectangle

From the muslin, cut:
1 – 14 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ rectangle


Assembly Instructions:

Cut out and tape the Left and Right Gone Batty bat template pieces together along the Alignment Line to create the complete bat applique template.

Gone Batty applique


Using the complete bat applique template, trace the bat applique template on the 9″ x 20″ rectangle.  Templates are actual size and do not include a 1/4” seam.  We used raw edge applique, but if you prefer a needleturn applique method, please add a seam allowance when tracing.  Since we used black fabric for our bat, we traced it on the back side of the fabric.

trace Gone Batty applique


Place the bat as you like on the pillow top fabric. We centered the bat, tilting it slightly down on the left side.

Gone Batty applique on background fabric


Applique the bat on the 14 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ pillow top fabric.  We used black thread and a blanket stitch (stitch #1329) to cover our raw edges.

Gone Batty applique sewing


Layer the pillow top, batting and muslin.

Gone Batty applique


Quilt as desired.  With a Frixion pen, we drew a large spiderweb pattern around the pillow and quilted over it with the orange thread.

Gone Batty applique sewing


Trim the pillow top to measure 12 1/2″ x 16 1/2″.

Gone Batty applique sewn down


Fold the 12 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ fabric rectangles in half along the 20 1/2″ side with wrong sides together for the Pillow Backing. Folded in half, they should measure 12 1/2″ x 10 1/4″.  Layer the two folded fabric rectangles with a 4″ overlap with folds in the center and raw edges on the outside.

envelope backing fabrics


Piece the 2 1/4″ x WOF binding strips end to end for binding.

GOne Batty binding


Place the pillow top right side up on the pillow back. Pin all the layers together and baste 1/8″ away from the edge.

Gone Batty applique


Bind as desired.  We have a fantastic machine binding tutorial if you need a little help on this step!

Gone Batty binding sewing

Gone Batty binding sewn on


Once the binding is sewn down, insert the pillow form and enjoy your Gone Batty pillow!

In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: Woven with Love Pillow

Happy Friday, Quilters!  We have a guest post up today on Bernina’s WeAllSew blog, and it is the fifth pillow of our In Stitches pillow series!  This one is called the Woven with Love Pillow, and we hope you love making it as much as we did.  It is quick, simple and adorned with vibrant ribbon!  In this color palette, it is a bubbly modern accent, but you can easily switch the look with your favorite colors.

Woven with Love pillow

For our Woven with Love pillow, we chose the Amy Butler Splendor Ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons.  For the pillow top and envelope back, we used the pale pink Duchess shade of Grunge Basics from Moda.  To sew down the Splendor ribbon, we selected the 50 wt Dark Turquoise thread from Aurifil.  For piecing the pillow together, we matched the thread color to the Grunge background and used Light Lilac.

Woven with Love pillow

Woven with Love pillow

Hop on over to the Woven with Love Pillow and let us know what you think!  If you have ideas for other pillows and projects you’d like to see us do tutorials on, let us know.  Have a great weekend!

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)

step 3

step 4

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

step 5

step 6

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.

step 7

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.

step 9

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

step 10

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.

step 11

step 12
Our sewing machine settings for piecing on the Bernina 770 QE

step 13

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

step 15

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

step 16

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.

step 17

step 18
Our sewing machine settings for quilting the pillow top on the Bernina 770 QE

step 19

step 20

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.

step 21

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.

step 22

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

step 23

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


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!