Summer is coming quickly in my part of the country and Gina Martin's Sanibel fabric is a perfect summer treat to work with.
I decided do some decorative additions for a patio. I have provided a tutorial to make these two 18 inch pillow covers.
Not only will I be giving away a jelly roll of Gina Martin's Sanibel, but a second gift of these two pillow covers will be going out to some lucky winner as well.
Leave a message telling me what you would make with the jelly roll and the perfect place at your home for these two pillows.
Gina's Sanibel fabric turned out to be the perfect addition for patio decor.
Here is a close up of the patio pillows and a quick table runner I put together to match. The table runner has already left as a birthday gift for a close friend.
Gina sent these beautiful summer fabrics to work with. I decided to make two different patio pillows.
I selected for my first pillow six fabrics for the top of my Log Cabin Pillow.
I cut a piece of batting about 22 by 22 inches square and marked a perfect corner to start my log cabin. I then cut down the two sides to have a perfect 90 degree angle.
I laid my first 3-1/2 inch square on my perfect corner, and a 3- 1/2 inch strip right sides together and sewed down the edge through the batting. I opened it up and pressed.
I continued to lay out my log cabin using 3-1/2 inch strips. Placing each strip first the side strip then the bottom strip right sides together, sewing through the batting, and then flipping them and ironing them nice and flat.
I continued to add my 3-1/2 inch strips, then the final 6th strip I cut 4-1/2 inches and completed my pillow top.
I trimmed my pillow top to 20 inches square. The top and left side of my pillow were already straight, so I did my trimming on the bottom and right sides only. I have left my top a bit larger than I need for an 18 inch pillow to allow for quilting that sometimes shrinks up the size of the top.
I now cut a piece of fabric to back my pillow top, and pinned them together to begin quilting my top. I use large straight flower pins.
I love thread, so decided to use a different thread color on each row of my top. I am particularly fond of 28 wt and even 12 wt threads.
I quilted my pillow top with alternate straight and serpentine stitches.
I trimmed my pillow top to 19 inches square. My pillow will be 18 inches. The extra inch will allow for my seams when adding my envelope back with a little extra for a nice plump pillow form.
For the second pillow I decided on a Wedge Pillow. I selected eight fabrics and white Essex Quilters Linen for the background. I used a wedge ruler that was 3/4 inch wide on top, 3 1/4 inch on the bottom end, and 8 inches long.
I drew eight wedges on to Steam A Steam 2 fabric fusible, and applied the fusible wedges to the back of my eight different fabrics and cut them out.
I then cut a 20 inch square out of my white Essex Quilters Linen. I folded it in half one way and half the other way and pressed it to provide lines to start laying my wedges down.
Once I had my wedges laid out in the above pattern. I pressed them down to adhere the Steam A Seam.
This is a close up of the center of the wedges. Note: I trimmed a points on four of the wedges to fit them into the center and tucked the two side wedges under the middle wedges.
I then cut a 3 inch diameter circle out of Steam a Seam, applied it to the face of my selected fabric, and cut it out.
The circle was applied over the middle of my wedges.
Using thread that matched my colors I appliquéd the wedges and center circle with a small zig zag stitch. I then trimmed my completed pillow top to 19 inches square.
Now that my two pillow tops were complete I cut four 19 by 14 inch pieces of fabric for the envelope backs of my two pillows.
I ironed on one 19 inch end of each piece a two inch hem and folded under one inch and top stitched the hem.
I then pinned my first pillow back on the top of my pillow front, right sides together.
Lay your other envelope back the opposite direction on you pillow top, pin all the way around and sew all around the four pillow sides. Trim the four corners to help when turning and getting a nice pillow corner. Turn your pillow right sides out and press around the edges. Repeat the back process for the Log Cabin Pillow top.
Here are my two completed pillows.
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Sunday April12th--Prizes will be drawn