Friday, June 24, 2016

Free Pillow Pattern and a Giveaway!

Continuing with the excitement of a new pattern release, I have a pillow cover pattern for you. Make one as an accent to your snugly Star Light, Star Bright Sampler. If you read all the way to the end, there is a fabulous giveaway from Phat Quarters. Fabulous!



This pillow uses my favorite star from the Sampler. I love this block! I also like to be able to switch out my pillows (well, in my head, in real life I'm lucky to make my bed), so this pattern is for an envelope backed pillow. 

Supplies:

1/4 yard Light
1 fat quarter Med 1
1 fat quarter Med 2
4 1/2" square Dark or Focal (optional, this is for the center square, I used the light for mine)
1 piece of 11" x 15" backing
1 piece 7" x 15" backing
14 in pillow form

Grab your instructions here.
Grab HST instructions here.
Stick around, giveaway information is at the end of the post. 

We start first by drawing a line on the wrong side of all the background squares, both sizes.


 I like using a mechanical pencil, it's a nice thin line, but shows up well.


A little tip I got from Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville is not clipping threads until you have sewn on both sides of the half square triangle. Years I have been stitching, clipping, and then stitching again. Years!


When stitching the 1 1/2" squares stitch just a hair over from the drawn line.


Press, then trim 1/4" over from the seam. Pressing before trimming helps keep the size accurate.


Once your block is assembled, add borders to the top and bottom. I like to stitch this part with the border on bottom and the pieced part on the top. That way I can watch and make sure I don't catch a seam and turn it.


Next you will cut your back envelop pieces. On each one you will turn one long side and press a 1/2" seam allowance. You can totally eyeball this. I usually do, but since I was doing a tutorial I figured I better be accurate. (You can see I'm still a little over the 1/2" mark, so not that accurate.)



I stitch a 1/4" from the edge, that way I know I'm going to catch it all. Lay the large piece on top, right sides together and stitch the top seam.


Lay the smaller piece right sides together, overlapping the larger piece, stitch the bottom seam.


Make sure the smaller piece is laying on top, that way when you flip it, this part will be tucked under.


Pin to keep it all in place. Sew each side seam.


Clip the corners and flip.


Give it a quick press and insert your pillow form.



Shooting quilts is hard!


I'm going to need more practice.


Lets just go with the simple fold. 

Not sure where to start? How about with 3 free fat quarters? Phat Quarters on Etsy has donated *your choice* of 3 fat quarters from the Foxglove Line. Score!

New to Phat Quarters? Check out their blog here
Good luck! Happy Stitching!
Jen

















19 comments:

  1. Hi Jen! I love your honesty and your patterns!! My first thought--I never have time or remember to switch out decorative pillow cases..Then you made by day by sharing about making your bed..Loved it..I better go make mine right now! Thank you for the pattern. I am not sure how to enter for the fat quarters!

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    1. Linda, I had the wrong day on there. Whoops! You should be able to now. (Sending you an email, too.)

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  2. I am like most, working on a dozen things at once. Top of my list is my 1" hexie queen sized quilt. About 2500 stitched together, So obsessed my NEW sewing machine has sat ignored for 3 weeks now!

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  3. I am like most, working on a dozen things at once. Top of my list is my 1" hexie queen sized quilt. About 2500 stitched together, So obsessed my NEW sewing machine has sat ignored for 3 weeks now!

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  4. I am working on summer clothes for my little miss as it now getting hot and she hardly has any shorts or short sleeve tops.

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  5. Thanks for the pattern and giveaway! I'm working on a pillow at the moment! (Like your new hexie social media icons)

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  6. Need to make a pillow for a friend. Think I may do this pattern and red, white, and blue fabric. I am currently working on a quilt for my grandsons birthday.

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  7. Need to make a pillow for a friend. Think I may do this pattern and red, white, and blue fabric. I am currently working on a quilt for my grandsons birthday.

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  8. Need to make a pillow for a friend. Think I may do this pattern and red, white, and blue fabric. I am currently working on a quilt for my grandsons birthday.

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  9. Birthday quilts for my two kids...running a little late on both.

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  10. I am currently working on about 8 projects!! A Xmas project, a bionic gear bag, some secret squirrel presents, a Jelly Roll Patch quilt ,Fresh from Simply Retro and last but not least fixing up my grandma's hexie quilt ❤️ I am keeping busy!!

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  11. I'm working on a quilt to donate to the Orlando MQG's #quiltsforpulse drive. It is a large pixelated heart made from charm squares.

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  12. Congratulations again on the awesome new quilt pattern! It is really beautiful, and this pillow is a perfect match! Your instructions for the pillow are well written and very clear. Nice job. Like you, I'm working on a dozen things at once! So I'm so the fat quarters will come in handy. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  13. My big project for the week is to finish my second Little house quilt. I'm seeing my grandson this weekend and he needs his quilt. It's spray basted and ready for the quilting, binding and buttons. That should take all week. Karen

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  14. I am currently working on a beautiful batik table runner that will be a retirement gift for a dear friend and coworker.

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  15. You are on a roll Jen! Congrats on the new pattern. We're busy in wheat harvest right now so not getting a lot of sewing done but I've been working on a Spell It With Moda ABC quilt when I get the chance.

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  16. Hi Jen! I'm currently working on some secret projects and getting caught up on two quilt-alongs.

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  17. I'm involved in a few quilt alongside. Today I worked on paper piecing for a QAL over at elm street.

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