how to piece the perfect intersection

by Hannah

 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!