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Flutter Pillows

Flutter Pillows : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It seems I’m taking it a bit easy this summer (well, besides being chauffeur to my kids!), but I am happy to report I’ve finished a couple of pillows using the oh-so-cute Flutter fabric by Laura Gunn. Last time I shared this fabric, I mentioned I paired it with some of Laura’s Painter’s Canvas (which in case you are wondering, is quilting cotton, not actual canvas). She has a huge variety of colors but I selected a rainbow assortment.

Flutter Pillows : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I ended up adding piping to the butterfly pillow. I used a gray painters canvas I had on hand. I’m not exactly experienced with piping. I think the last time I made some was when I put together my Weekender. It turned out…ok. I know some people requested a tutorial and I’m sure there are much more experienced sources out there for that. :) I free motion quilted this pillow with some random loop-de-loops around the butterflies. I thought it gave a nice fluttering effect.

Flutter Pillows : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For my second pillow, I more or less fussy cut some little bugs out of the fabric. The different color bugs were all a bit different sizes, but I averaged them out to 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″. I then cut an assortment of the Painter’s Canvas the same size and made a little rectangular patchwork design. I decided to quilt this one using decorative stitch 301 on my Bernina 750QE, using my usual 50 weight Aurifil thread in white.

I love that this machine does even wider stitches than my “old” Bernina (not really old). If your machine has decorative stitches and you haven’t checked them out, I encourage you to do that! I’ve done this same technique on another pillow, using my Bernina 440QE and was thrilled with how that turned out as well.

Flutter Pillows : Fresh Lemons Quilts

One feature I tried out on my new machine this time was the “Start-Stop” button. See that green glowing button above? When I was ready to stitch, I pushed that button and it took off sewing without me using the foot pedal. I simply guided the fabric a bit. This was a nice feature considering how many lines I was stitching and let’s face it – repetitive decorative lines can feel a bit monotonous at times.

Flutter Pillows : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backs of the pillows are more of the Flutter fabric. I’ve given these to my daughter for her bedroom and they are already happily being used for her dolls.

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8 Responses to “Flutter Pillows”

  1. 1
    Sondra says:

    Beautiful fabric and design! Love what you did. XX Sondra

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    Cindy M says:

    Fabulous stitches and colors!!

    Sweet dream for your daughter! ;-)

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    Your pillows came out great, Faith, and I think your piping looks really good, too. Do you have a serger? Piping is REALLY easy on a serger with a multipurpose foot, as long as your cord is 5/32″ diameter or smaller, because the serger feeds both fabric layers really evenly and it trims and overcasts the raw edges at the same time so you have a perfectly consistent seam allowance, just like you’d have if you were using a readymade lip cord trim. I have also had good results making larger covered cord for pillows on my Bernina 750 QE, using zipper foot 4D and dual feed engaged. The dual feed really helps keep the two fabric layers feeding evenly so you don’t get that twisting and wrinkling that can happen especially when covering larger diameter cords.

    I am totally guilty of neglecting my decorative stitches, though — I even bought the special red bobbin case accessory for doing bobbinwork with heavier decorative threads. I had so much fun with that technique on my old machine, an Artista 200/730, and it’s really my favorite way to use decorative machine stitches because they come out looking hand embroidered. I just haven’t gotten around to the right kind of project for those decorative stitches on the new machine, though. Your pillows are making me think of other ways of using the decorative stitches, though — I like the subtle, almost lacy effect you got with the Aurifil thread.

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    Julie Beard says:

    Hello Faith,

    Love your cushions and great job on using your decorative stitches too. I use mine as often as possible. I have a Pffaf Quilters Expression 4.0 I love my machine and would be lost without it today. Several years ago, I made some cushions for a family member they were my very first cushions and it was also the first time I ever sewed button holes. So I know how you must of felt when you finished making such pretty cushions a sense of achievement. Great job Faith.

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    Elaine says:

    Very pretty material. And the pillows looked great.
    Enjoy a ‘quieter’ summer.

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    Connie W says:

    Have a great summer with the children.
    I love the pillows.
    Connie

  7. 7

    Wow, I really love the look of that fabric. Your pillows look great!

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    Linda A says:

    Lovely cushions. Great use of the fabrics. I like the decorative quilting stitch too.

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