Grove Pillows

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

When I was in Madison last month, my big purchase at The Sewcial Lounge was fabric for new pillows for my family room. They had beautiful rolls of The Grove Organic Home Dec fabrics by Birch Fabrics.

The Grove Home Dec by Blend Fabrics

As usual I couldn’t narrow down what colors I wanted to use, so I picked pretty much them all (except the brown, it would blend too much into my couch).

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Seeing Anna finish her pillows motivated me to get going on mine. I’d been hesitating because I always dread installing the invisible zipper. But she actually linked to a great tutorial on Sew Katie Did’s blog and guess what? I’m not scared anymore! It was so easy!

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

The two blue pillows are 20″ x 20″ and the red and yellow pillows are 18″ x 18″. I bought my down inserts at Crate and Barrel.

Since these fabrics are a Home Dec weight, I think they will hold up nicely to the abuse that comes at the hands of a 4 and 6 year old.

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Overall, I’m quite pleased with how they turned out!

His and Hers microMod Sew Along and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on Green Bee Design’s His and Hers microMod Sew Along! MicroMod is the premier fabric line from Cloud9 Fabrics designer Rob Bancroft. Also husband of designer and author Alexia Abegg – that’s one talented couple!

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

Today I’m going to share some cloth, appliqué napkins. These are a fun project that would be great not only for your home, but also as a housewarming or host/hostess gift for a friend.

In the spirit of setting a pretty table at meal time, I asked Rob and Alexia what sort of food they would cook the other for a special occasion.

Alexia: I love to cook and try new things, and thankfully so does Rob. But for a sweet surprise meal I think I would go with his favorites; I would make caesar salad, homemade gnocchi with a brown butter sauce, and then his favorite dessert, cheesecake.

Rob: Though this meal doesn’t necessarily promote amorous affection (high levels of garlic), I love to make and surprise Alexia with chicken piccata, sauteed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes, neatly plated and served on a restaurant inspired table setting, white table cloth and cloth napkins included.

I really love chicken piccata, so that made me hungry!

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

To make these napkins, all you need is a set of store bought cloth napkins (I bought a 4 pack of linen/cotton blend ones at Target for about $8.00), Heat n Bond Lite, and your favorite fabrics.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

I decided to appliqué different designs onto the corner of each napkin. I simply applied the Heat n Bond Lite to the back of the fabric scraps (per the manufactures instructions), cut out my shapes, and then ironed them onto the napkins.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

I wanted to keep my edges pretty raw, as I think a little fraying as they wash will give these a great look. So I sewed with a straight stitch a couple of times around each fabric shape. If you don’t like the frayed look, you could use a tighter zigzag stitch to finish your appliqué.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

Don’t forget when sewing along with microMod, be sure to tag your photos with #microMod on Instagram. You can also post your pictures on the Green Bee Patterns Facebook page or add them to the microMod Flickr group.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

And now for the giveaway! How would you like to win a full Fat Quarter bundle of microMod? Simply leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Friday, April 19th.

There are also prizes at the other Sew Along stops. And, for a grand finale, a huge prize package back at Alexia’s blog at the end of the hop: A fat quarter stack of microMod by Rob Bancroft from Cloud9 fabrics, the entire Green Bee Patterns collection, a microMod sewing bag, and a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine! (Open to contiguous US residents only.) So be sure to follow and sew along. :)

April 2 – Alexia & Rob at Green Bee
April 3 – Kelly at Kelbysews
April 5 – Amanda at the Craft Junky
April 6 – Rachael at Imagine Gnats
April 8 – Heather at alamode
April 10 – Holly at Bijou lovely
April 13 – Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee
April 17 – Me!
April 18 – Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
April 19 – Deborah at Whipstitch
April 20 – Jacey at Jaceycraft
April 24 – Jenny at the Southern Institute
April 25 – Amy from sukie don’t ya know
April 26 – Jen from Betty Crocker Ass
April 27 – Sara from Sew Sweetness
April 28 – Krista at Krista Withers Quilting
April 29 – Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey
April 30 – Amber from One Shabby Chick
May 1 – Alexia & Rob Green Bee GRAND PRIZE

Happy sewing everyone!

++ Closing Comments to Pick a Winner! ++

The lucky winner is #113, Brynn! Congratulations and I will be contacting you for your address. Thank you everyone for entering and remember to continue keeping up with the microMod Sew Along. :)

Timber & Leaf for the House

Timber & Leaf String Pillow

New pillows for the couch have been on my to-do list since the beginning of Winter. I love my Autumn pillows, but I was ready to put them away until next year. When I saw Sarah Watt‘s Timber & Leaf collection for Blend Fabrics, I knew the natural designs and soft colors were perfect for my house. I mixed in Free Spirit Designer Solids in Pearl and Dogwood.

Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts

These two are my favorites!

Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts

I was inspired by Amy’s Indie Vibrations quilt. I really liked how her string blocks were paper pieced so they would line up, but still be different widths of fabric strips. I made two paper piecing templates, each are 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ unfinished. I used 3 of each template to form the 18″ square pillow.

Timber & Leaf String Pillow

You can buy the pattern for Amy’s Indie Vibrations quilt in her pattern shop.

Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts

I quilted the pillow with straight lines, about 1/2″ apart. The back is a simple envelope enclosure.

Timber & Leaf String Pillow

You can find Timber & Leaf at Moona Fabrics. Now to make another one for the other side of the couch!

A Friend For My Pillow

A Friend for my Autumn Star Pillow

I decided my couch looked kind of funny with one fall pillow (my Autumn Star Pillow) and one regular pillow. So I made a friend for Autumn Star.

A Friend for my Autumn Star Pillow

I wanted to use the same general fabrics but not the same design, so I made a couple columns of flying geese. I chose to paper piece them because I’m just so much more exact when I use that technique. I didn’t make a tutorial but I did make a PDF of the templates I whipped up to use. You can download it here.

Fall Pillows

I was able to fit 10 on one sheet of paper but you’ll need to print 2 sheets if you want to make a pillow like mine. You’ll have a few leftover. If you’ve never paper pieced before – these are easy! I have a tutorial on the technique here.

I think they look happy together!