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A Quilting FO – Already?

Filed under: Daily Life,Sewing — folkcat at 3:33 pm on Thursday, April 19, 2007

Bumper sticker spotted in the parking lot at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics:


Yeah, that sounds about right…

FO Me!

Just to prove that nothing goes to waste here, those quilt squares that I made last week where my seam allowances were sloppy and more than a quarter inch? They’ve become a nice pillow!

FO - Patchwork Pillow
Bento Box Pillow
Pattern: Bento Box, by Tracey Brookshier

I started by squaring up my pieces. The inside corners (the small squares in the center) were all good, it was the side where the last rectangle was sewn on that was a little wonky. So, using the center point as my start, I squared everything to seven and three quarters inches.

I used these squares to practice getting my quarter inch seams right, and boy, did I nail it! After sewing the four pieces together, my larger, finished square was exactly fifteen inches.

After cutting the fat quarters to make these four squares, there was enough left to use as the back of the pillow. I did the two overlapping halves thing – I think it’s called an envelope pillow.

Each piece got cut long enough to allow a half inch seam with the pieced top, and a finished overlap of about three and a half inches. I added another inch to do a double folded half inch hem for the opening edges.

FO - Patchwork Pillow - Back
Pillow Back

You may notice the stitching along the hem of the opening. I made a decision not to go digging around for purple thread to match, so it’s sewn with the same white thread as the rest of the patchwork. Besides, I probably don’t have any purple thread yet, and I wanted to get this done without waiting for a trip to the fabric store. And it’s on the back, so who’s going to see it, anyhow?

When I stitched the top and back together, I decided to be a tiny bit paranoid about the fit for a fourteen inch pillow form. So instead of a half inch seam, I did a three eighths inch.

Got a Jo-Ann’s coupon in the mail yesterday, and stopped in today to buy the form to stuff inside. Et voila! a very nice, decorative pillow for my bed, to go with the wall quilt that will eventually hang over the headboard.

While at Jo-Ann’s today, I found their quilting notions were all on sale, too. I was very pleased when I stumbled upon this item:

Dritz Seam Gauge

Looks like the accuracy of my seams will be in good hands from now on!

I can’t tell you how good it feels to look at this pillow. It’s far nicer than anything I could have bought, I love the colors – and I made it all myself! This is exactly why I craft – so I can make nicer, better quality things that I will like more than what I see in the stores.

I can’t wait now to get that wall quilt done…



Comment by Valerie in San Diego

April 19, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

The pillow is spectacular! I am very impressed.


Comment by Heather - Suffolk UK

April 19, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

Well done, I love the colours that you have put together. The idea of a wall quilt to go above the headboard is brilliant, and if you don’t mind, I shall use your idea. I don’t like framed pictures above the headboard in case they fall on you while you sleep, so my bedhead walls are plain. I have been involved in a website http://www.hobbyworldunited.com where members (free membership) can show off some of their creations. Take a look, I think that your creations will inspire others.
Thank you for sharing this.


Comment by WackyLisa

April 20, 2007 @ 3:55 am

That quilting gadget you bought really caught my eye.
Do you butt the edge of your work up to the guide and then just sew? What I mean, is it something meant to be used entirely visually or is it meant to be used by feel?
That pillow is gorgeous. I know my Mom would drool over it even more than me. 🙂
Wacky Lisa


Comment by fabric

April 21, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

Nice pillow. Great way to show that no piece of fabric is trash. You can use every piece and this is proof. Look forward to seeing your next project.

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