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I always think about how quilting began from using what you have. I’ve been wanting to make a few pillow covers for our living room so I entered my fabric abyss the other evening and collected as many linen pieces as I could find and started cutting.
I decided to cut 2.5” squares so I could just do a simple patchwork pillow top.
I chose three colors to work with and arranged them just how they’d be sewn together.
Often I find myself explaining to customers how to make the perfect intersection. I remember the first time I pieced together squares and I thought it was going to be so simple, only to find that none of them intersected the way I thought they would. Two of them on the whole quilt looked right and only by chance. Here’s so you don’t make the same mistake.
Lay out four square pieces.
Stitch two together and now stitch the other two togther.
Press one seam allowance up and press one seam allowance down. This will create an interlocking that you can see in the next photo.
Place right sides together and make sure the seam allowances are going in opposite directions.
Bring the right sides of the seam allowances toward one another as tight as they’ll go, locking them in place to sew. You can use a pin if it’s easier.
I like to start sewing from the seam allowance intersection, this way the pieces don’t slip while you’re sewing and the intersection is locked (stitched) first thing. Now flip it and sew from the intersection to the raw edge on the other side.
Press the seam that you just sewed to one side and experience satisfaction.
I inserted an invisible zipper, quilted and here’s my pillow! The blue is from a linen skirt that was way too long, the white from my linen skirt smarts skirt, and the natural is from some old linen Ikea curtains that I hemmed. Use what you have!
My husband has been nesting far more than I—- thus far. When I come home from work I’m likely to find him tiling the backsplash, painting the dining room over again, replacing a toilet or something of the like. The other night came my turn. I found myself awake at 2:30 a.m. thinking of how I hadn’t made anything for the baby due to arrive in a few weeks. I know my capacity is much much smaller than is normal for me. The last thing I wanted to do is start something and not finish, so my dreams lead me to a strip quilt. I’m not a fancy quilter so this was the perfect idea.
Cameron and I chose 12 different fabrics and I cut them all into different widths so there would be plenty of variation. He arranged them and I sewed.
We combined cotton lawn, flannel, cotton/linen Essex, and quilting weight cotton.
For the back I chose one of Bolt’s new Robert Kaufman linen blends because I like my quilts to have a nice weight to them. I used the wrong side of the fabric which reminded me of chambray. The right side reminded me of denim and I didn’t want this look.
I finish my quilt binding by hand. I like to spend a few final days with it bringing it everywhere and stitching when I have a few minutes or bringing it to the park when the sun is shining.
If you would like to make this:
1 large spool of Gutermann cotton thread
12 different fabrics 1/8 yd. 44” or wider
1 package of Warm & Natural 45” x 60” batting
1 1/4 yds of backing - I used 54” wide fabric and had enough left over for binding.
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A new product at the shop is huck toweling. It’s all cotton and very absorbent. I love the clean finished edges. It’s traditionally used for Scandinavian stitching like you see here. I don’t quite have the time for such a project so I used my machine. To me, white is a blank canvas so I took some inspiration from a post I saw on Purl Bee and got to stitching. These towels are the perfect weekend project and a great gift for a host.
I used 3/4 yd. for each towel and chose a nice spring palette.