Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dreamin' Vintage - Patchwork Pillow :: Scrap Busting

A break in continuity as I am spending some time away from my sewing machine. I have worked hard to ensure that there will still be new blog posts and have several different projects to show you over the next week or so. 

Dreamin' Vintage Patchwork Pillow and Flying Geese Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Dreamin' Vintage Patchwork Pillow and Quilt 
Remember this cute Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Quilt that I made late last month? Well, my method of sewing flying geese units does leave a certain amount of scrap fabric / waste; all triangles that I thought were just too pretty and too big to throw in the bin. 

Dreamin' Vintage Patchwork Pillow - Red Pepper Quilts

Save the scraps! And so I chain pieced all of the triangles into half square triangles (HST), using both a light and a dark fabric for each HST unit. I then played with the layout, arranging and rearranging until I was happy, and pieced the units into a patchwork fabric.

Dreamin' Vintage Patchwork Pillow - Red Pepper Quilts

Not big enough for a quilt but certainly big enough for a pillow; and so I basted and then quilted  it with edge to edge straight lines, outlining both sides of all seam lines. A zippered side seam allows for easy insert removal and cleaning.

Dreamin' Vintage Patchwork Pillow - Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the pillow cover I have used a single home decorator weight fabric by Premier Prints.

Dreamin' Vintage Patchwork Pillow - Red Pepper Quilts
This pillow has already sold and is now on the way to a new home.

Dreamin' Vintage Patchwork Pillow - Red Pepper Quilts

It's been a while since my last Half Square Triangle quilt project and this has my fingers itching to re-visit this easy and versatile unit once again.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt
Dreamin' Vintage by Jeni Baker
More RPQ Scrap Busting Projects

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15 comments:

  1. This is fab, and such a perfect way to use scraps. x

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  2. So so pretty. I'm not surprised it's sold already. I love using up scraps...well done on putting yours to create such a gorgeous cushion. X

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  3. So nice! A great stash-busting project!

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  4. Not surprising that it sold so quickly. Looks very cheerful!

    A question: What brand of batting do you use for your quilts?

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    1. Hi Sona - thank you for stopping by. I use 100% cotton batting for my quilts (and quilted pillow covers). It is an all natural product and has low loft.

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  5. How lovely to make something so beautiful from something that normally might have been thrown away, I always think this is a great life lesson too. I have a question, when quilting for a cushion/pillow do you put a backing behind the wadding/batting? Thanks for the inspiration you give us.

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    1. Hi Liz - thank you for your comment. I do use a backing fabric when quilting a pillow cover. I baste the pillow cover in the same way that I baste a quilt - layering the patchwork top, then batting, then backing fabric. That way too the inside of the pillow cover has a neat finish. Rita

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  6. I've a quilt to finish today and then I'm going to have a go at some stash busting! I've got hundreds of strips that I spent hours sorting out - in the sunshine on the patio a couple of weeks ago - so topped up my suntan at the same time! Love that cushion - my favourite kind of patchwork. You're such an inspiration. Enjoy your time away - bet you visit at least one fabric shop?????

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  7. I love your projects...and colors! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    PS-Before I cut off the corners of the flying geese I sew a second seam 1/2 inch from the first. After cutting them apart between the stitching, I toss the scrap into a jar by color. Later those little HST blocks can be pressed and cut to size for whatever project I need. It always feels like the next project has a head start ;-) Hope you are having a lovely time away!

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  8. Lovely pillow! The back is super fun. I am now itching to sew my scraps! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. The fabrics you use, the colours and the simplicity and freshness of your style is so inspiring. One question tho'. Where do you get your pillow forms from? The ones I get have got no body to them and seem overly soft, whereas the ones you have look to have some density. Thanks for a great blog Rita! Kind Regards, Dianne

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  10. I do not consider myself a "yellow" person, but this pillow is fabulous!

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  11. great use of the scrap triangles. Will look out for you tomorrow at FOQ, maybe we will spot each other across a crowded room!

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  12. Beautiful! I will also be at FofQ so will look out for you!

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