Friday, July 28, 2017

English Paper Piecing: Liberty Star Pillow

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

As promised, today a gallery of photos of my Liberty Star Pillow Cover based on a pattern from the book Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess. The Star Pillow pattern is an English Paper Piecing design using just one shape - a diamond. I made several more star blocks then the pattern required and as a result my pillow measurements (and lack of borders) differ to that in the book.

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Similar to the Star Pillow in Sharon's book I have used Liberty of Tana Lawn fabric for the stars. Not having used Liberty fabric to paper piece before I was hesitant, but as always, nothing ventured, nothing gained. It seems however that there was no need for concern. In fact, the fabrics - including the Oakshott background fabric - were lovely to work with. The needle and thread glided through the fabric layers with ease, and the fabric withstood the glue basting and paper removal process much, much better than I had anticipated. 

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 28wt cotton thread (color #6725).

I have quilted the top of the pillow cover (layered with low loft cotton batting and a cotton backing fabric) by stitching alongside both sides of  all seam lines. I have used Aurifil 28wt thread for extra stitch definition. I was keen to ditch stitch - at least for some of the seams - but hesitated to do so in fear of the pressed open seams popping their stitches and being left with a hole in the patchwork fabric. That wasn't worth the risk! 

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the pillow I have used a barkcloth fabric from the Time Warp collection by Jessica Jones. I adore this fabric and it has been in my stash waiting for the right project to come along. This was it! I have used an iron-on interfacing fabric to add rigidity to the barkcloth fabric and a zip is hidden under the overlapping flap on back of the pillow. The pillow form/insert can therefore be easily removed before washing the pillow cover.

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

ALL THE DETAILS
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover
Pillow Cover measures 23 inches x 18 inches.
Stars Fabric:
Liberty of London - Tana Lawn
Background Fabric:
Thread:
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads for EPP.
Aurifil 28wt cotton thread for quilting.

The Liberty Stars Pillow Cover is available for purchase from
my Etsy Store.

See all the listing details here:
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover

My pillow is not a standard pillow size and as such I struggled to find the right size pillow insert. But then I realized that I had on hand a square pillow insert the same width of the pillow (23" x 23"), which I simply made 5 inches shorter on one end by gently moving all the filling to one side of the insert, stitching a new seam line 5 inches from the original edge and ta-da! ...a custom made pillow insert in less than 5 minutes.

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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This was such a fun project to make. I really can't wait to start another EPP project but first I have to finish my Wagon Wheel Quilt. It is so close to being done!

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store
Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess
More RPQ Paper Piecing Projects:
The Daisy Chain Quilt
The Wagon Wheel Quilt
Garland Pillow Cover
Sewing School Hexagon Quilt

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9 comments:

  1. I often use Liberty for EPP but haven't tried it with glue basting. In fact, the only time I ever glue basted it was a nightmare removing the papers and I felt it was being pulled out if shape.

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  2. This cushion is absolutely beautiful!! I hope you are keeping it for yourself. x

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  3. You have a beautiful blog, and I love your EPP stars!

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  4. Lots of great tips in this post. I have stars already pieced from a UFO - I can now create a great cushion. Thank you!!

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  5. beautiful cushion ever, I adore backing fabric too

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  6. This is gorgeous!!! I have some Liberty samples in my stash...I also have some 1930's diamonds already paired up for 6 pointed stars. I love your perfect points. Fabulous!

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  7. What a beautiful pillow, your fabric choices are always 'spot on'! And, your tip for making a pillow insert fit is such a great one, thank you!

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  8. I love your quilting on this piece. And the use of the fun barkcloth that you used on the back is a fun surprise!

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