Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 Free Motion Quilting Challenge - January Heart Pillow

 I started out with a 20 x 20"sandwiched piece of pink material. I chose the option # 3 and I drew my heart that I cut out of just a piece of paper free hand, then I traced just the heart with a washable marker.

I freehanded the feathers and the center wonky heart. I used circles to fill the outside of the heart.

                                                        Above is the front of the pillow

Above is the back of the pillow

This pillow finished up at 18" x 18". This is the first time I have done this in a pillow, so I thank you for the Challenge. I have made 8x8 pillows since this one and put lilly scents into a pouch inside them. It is awesome. Now I am on a roll.

Thank You for coming over to my site to take a look at my quilted heart pillow.

By for now

Friday, December 21, 2012

Vanessa's French Seam Pillowcase Pattern with only 3 Seams

I want to thank Vanessa with Crafty Gemini for the youtube video.
I wanted to make this blog to share with my friends who would rather have the directions written for them.
Here is the video that Vanessa made if you can not understand my blog.

OH Look, an easy 3 Seam French Pillowcase Pattern

The first thing you need to do is pick out some material that will go together.

 Put the selvages together and cut 2 inches the width of the fabric. (WOF)

Iron it in half wrong sides together.

Then put the selvages together and cut the body of the pillowcase at 24 inches. 
If you will notice, the selvages on my material are at the top and folded in half.

Close up of my material. These are flyhooks for fishing.

Now on to the top of the pillowcase. With the selvages together and at the top, cut this piece at 12 inches.

 Cute material huh.....

Now, below, lay the body fabric that you cut at 24 inches right sides up, with the selvages on the right and the left side of the table. 
Roll up the bottom about 3/4 of the way up.

Now lay the 2 inch strip ironed in half with the raw edges together with the body piece.

If you have a design print on the fabric, find out how you want the print to go, then lay it like this.

Then lay it over the material. Putting all the raw edges together, then pin all of the pieces together.

Fold over the top piece so you can roll up the body a bit more.
Lay over the fabric again and grab all of the bottom layers, flip the top piece under and lay all raw edges together then pin. 

Take this piece to the sewing machine and sew a 1/4 inch seam line. You do not have to trim this piece if you choose not to.

Now you have a tube.

Turn the tube right side out.

Iron what you have now.

Trim both sides even.

Lay the pillowcase with the right sides on the outside. Bear with me here. DO NOT do this part right sides together.
Pin the sides together, first lining up the stitching at the 2 inch strip.

Then line up the top edges, then all the way to the bottom. The bottom will not line up straight, so this part needs to be cut straight.

Then pin the bottom. 
Sew 1/4 inch seam down the side and the bottom, backstitching where the 2 inch strip is.
Remove the case and trim to about 1/8 inch.

This is what I use as a stileto for sewing and turning out corners to a perfect corner. It is what comes when u buy a nutcracker. This picks the nut out of the shell.

NOW TURN inside out. My tool turns a corner real well.

Iron this and make sure it is all ironed straight.

Now go back to the sewing machine and sew 1/2 inch seam.
I have been starting a little down from the top and then backstitching to the top, then sewing all the way around the seam. That way when you cut the threads, they are not hanging out the top of the pillowcase.

Turn right side out now and iron.

It is finished. 
Now wasn't that easy?

 I want to thank Vanessa for the youtube pattern.

Friday, November 16, 2012



A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

Simply Color Giveaway for Friday's Fabric Giveaway!!

 Stash Fabrics is an online store for fresh, modern fabric. They carry many of our favorite designer fabrics, including Riley Blake, Art Gallery, Free Spirit, Cloud9, Moda, and many more! They ship within 24 hours of any order and offer FREE shipping on all orders over $50 in the US, and discounts to those purchasing internationally. We invite you to visit Stash at

For this weekend's Fabric Giveaway Stash Fabrics is offering this lovely Layer Cake of V and Co.'s SimplyColor Fabric Collection for Moda. This Layer Cake includes 42 - 10" square cuts of this gorgeous, colorful collection. It's perfect for quilting or any other fun patchwork project! 

 You can find the full Simply Color collection available in the Stash Fabric shop 
in yardage, FQ's, and in a variety of cuts and bundles!!

Here's how,
Go to this page.....
And enter now through Monday morning, November 19th. Mr. Random will pick the winner and Maureen will announce their name at the bottom of her page by 9 am EST!

Good Luck everyone!!! Have a great weekend!