To celebrate the arrival of Olive\’s Flower Market, I broke open a mini charm pack and came up with a pretty little pillow to coordinate with my Window Garden quilt. Actually, my daughter has adopted the Window Garden quilt, so I\’m guessing this pillow will belong to her too!
On Point Pillow
When mini charm squares are set on point, it adds visual interest, and yet the construction is still so simple. For this project, I used a mini charm pack, Bella Solids Bleached White and Weathered Teak, and Olive\’s Flower Market Blackboard 5034 14. I\’ve included a tutorial with pictures and instructions at the bottom of this post.
I am really tickled with how this pillow turned out. As many of you know, straight line machine quilting is the only quilting trick I have up my sleeve. But I think it\’s very effective on a piece like this.
I did go a bit out of my comfort zone and used a darker thread. I think it gives the piece a very warm and earthy feeling. My husband actually said, \”Ooooh, I really like the colors on this one!\” Maybe men don\’t notice the pink if we throw in a lot of charcoal and brown. 😉
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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you enjoy this tutorial! Now go and get carried away quilting!
Size: 16\” x 16\”
Please read all instructions before beginning. All seam allowances are 1/4”unless otherwise indicated. With the exception of precuts, fabric is assumed to be 42” wide, unwashed.
- (1) mini charm pack or (32) 2 1/2” squares
- (14) white 2 1/2” squares
- (2) strips 1 1/2” x 16 1/2” (inner border)
- (2) strips 3 1/4” x 16 1/2” (outer border)
- (2) strips 2 1/4” x width of fabric (pieced together for binding) ~ You may use 2 1/2\” strips for binding if that is your preferred width.
- (2) pieces that are 10 1/2\” wide by 16 1/2\” tall (backing)
- (1) 20” x 20” piece of batting
- (1) 20” x 20” piece of scrap muslin
- buttons ~ optional
- (1) 16\” x 16\” pillow form
Lay out the colored and white 2 1/2” squares on point with the inner and outer borders so you have a nice mix of color and pattern. Take a picture of your layout and refer back to it when completing the following steps.
First sew the (4) longest strips.
Next sew the remaining smaller strips that are on each side of the strips you just pieced in Step 2. (I have them pictured below along with the (2) lone white 2 1/2\” squares that will be used in step 4.)
Lay out all of the strips you have sewn and the remaining (2) white 2 1/2” squares. Nest seams, pin and sew units together from left to right. Press all seams open. (If you plan to stitch in the ditch when quilting, then press seams to one direction.)
Trim this pieced unit to 16 1/2” x 9”. Follow these tips:
Pin the inner border to the top and bottom. Sew with the back of the pieced unit facing you so that you can see and “catch” all points with your stitched line! Press to the border.
Pin and sew the outer border to the top and bottom. Press to the border.
Layer your pillow top, batting, and muslin (scrap backing) using your preferred method of pinning, thread or spray basting. Since this is such a small piece, I found that fabric adhesive was enough to keep my pieces in place and flat during quilting. I kept my quilting simple, using a pleasing grid design and allowing the fabric to be the star of the show. When you have finished the quilting, trim the backing and batting.
Add buttons if desired. The pillow top is now complete.
Using your two backing pieces, sew a 1/2\” seam on the right edge of one piece and a 1/2\” seam on the left edge of the other piece. These two pieces will overlap in the middle and need finished edges.
Lay the pillow top right side down on your cutting mat. Then lay down the two backing pieces right side up. Overlap the two backing pieces so that when overlapped, the backing measures 16 1/2\” wide. Adjust the backing pieces slightly to make sure all outside edges line up nicely.
Bind your pillow as you would normally bind a small quilt.
Insert your pillow form, and you are done!