Off Kilter Scrap Pillow

This week I added the sashing strips to my Off Kilter quilt top.

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I made this quilt using a pattern from one of my library book loans Jump Start Your Quilting. The pattern – “Off Kilter” is by Konda Lockau of Moose on the Porch Designs.

For this quilt, I used a Tula Pink Elizabeth Layer Cake.

This beautiful fabric and the Bella Solids grey background fabric were a pleasure to work with and I didn’t want to waste a precious inch!

While making my large blocks for this quilt, I made HST’s with the offcuts,

and played around with a few ideas for a pillow top.

The first option is (on a smaller scale) from the pattern Dizzying Diamonds by Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs. I won this great pattern in A Lovely Year of Finishes 2015. I really like this Layer Cake-friendly pattern and plan to make an entire quilt using it one day.

However, for this particular pillow project, I decided to go with Option 3.

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For the back of the pillow, I chose some gorgeous Tsuru “Old Lace” fabric in cerulean by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud 9 Fabrics.

I followed a Zipper Pillow tutorial that I have used once before but I had to modify it slightly so that I didn’t lose the points on my triangles. Attaching a zipper with a quarter inch seam resulted in some very wobbly stitching! I ended up unpicking these stitches and re-sewing it with the pillow front and back flat and the zipper open. The result was much better although if I make a pillow like this again, I’ll probably make an envelope enclosure for the back instead.

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The pillow top finished at 15½ inches square and I used a size 16 cushion insert to fill it, resulting in a nice plump pillow!

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We are enjoying our Easter long weekend at home this year. The kids are overdosing on chocolate while my husband and I are knocking down some internal walls ready for a future kitchen renovation.

I really hope you and your family are enjoying a relaxing long weekend.

Let’s hope no one ends up in a chocolate coma like our kids have 🙂

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Spring is in the air

It is Spring down here in the Southern Hemisphere. The daffodils are blooming and my first tulips have opened to reveal their beautiful colours.

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I have so many unfinished projects to keep me busy but in my usual procrastinating fashion, I decided that I needed a new and quick project.

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I found this quilt/cushion pattern in Issue 23 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine and decided to use a few fat quarters of Moda’s Chic Neutrals with a few Art Gallery fabrics thrown in for good measure.

This is the first time I have made hrt’s (half rectangle triangles) and I look forward to using this technique in future projects. I quilted it simply by stitching a quarter inch on either side of the seams.

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I fussy cut squares for the cushion front using some “Prospect Park” (Kitty Yoshida) fabric from my stash and used this same fabric for the back of the cushion.

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I used a strip of Chic Neutrals in Egglant to bind the edge of the envelope back.

This is another much needed cushion for my couch 😉

I also have another finished goal from my Quarter 3 list for the 2015 Finish-Along to show you:

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Three finished Noodlehead Open Wide pouches.

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I think my favourite is the small quilted pouch, made from printed “Vintage Drill” fabric.

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It’s the end of school term so I’m unsure as to whether much sewing will happen in the next two weeks while the kids are home with me.

Hopefully, if the weather is warm, we’ll be too busy outside enjoying the sunshine!

Deb 😉

A Pair of Pillows

I am happy to share with you my first finish for Quarter 3 of the 2015 Finish Along.

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A pair of “Haphazard Chevron Pillows” from the awesome book Quilting Happiness.

Although I followed the basic technique for making these pillows, I did make some alterations to the original pattern.

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The original pattern makes a cover for one 12 inch square pillow. I wanted to make two 16 inch pillow covers so I increased the width of the original pieced block and also added strips between the vertical rows.

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I used some beautiful Kona solids fabric and although it looks yellow in these photos, the lighter colour is actually a beautiful yellow-green chartreuse.

I quilted it simply by stitching 1/4 inch on either side of the vertical seams.

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For the back of the pillow, I used some lovely grey “Squiggly Stripe” fabric by Valori Wells for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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I have been doing a lot of sewing lately but feel as though I haven’t had much to show for my efforts. It feels really good to have a finish!

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On another note, we have had a cold snap down here in Tasmania, Australia. The roads were closed today and so my three children were home from school and my husband unable to get to work.

Keep in mind that we moved to Tasmania from hot and humid central Queensland two and a half years ago. Snow is a very BIG novelty for us all!

Here are some photos for you, Deb 🙂

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