Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot ~ More EPP!

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

I have so enjoyed spending the last week working with Brush Strokes, the newest fabric line by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics. Holly is so talented and has such a great eye for design, I knew that when she announced she had a fabric line coming out that it would be awesome. This line is so summery and fresh, the colors so bright and beautiful.

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

I decided to continue on my new english paper piecing kick and work on a big pillow for my daughter. The centers are made with 2″ hexagons, the ring around the center is made with 2″ hexagon thirds, and the equilateral triangles have sides measuring 3-1/2″ (I just made them myself at home).

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

It’s been relaxing to have a couple of EPP projects around to work on over the summer and in the evenings. I’m usually in such a rush to finish things. It’s nice to remind myself that it’s the journey with these, and not so much the destination.

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

You can find Brush Strokes in shops now!

Loominous Pillow

Loominous Pillow

Do you ever just have an idea pop into your head and you need to go make it immediately? That happened here last month. For some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about make a pillow with raw strips of fabric. Of course, it was during the Christmas holiday and there was no “just popping into my sewing space and making a pillow” happening. I finally had a chance a couple weeks ago though, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Loominous Pillow

I took all sorts of pictures while I was making this pillow, with the intention of sharing all the steps. Then I promptly reformatted my memory card a few days later, forgetting they were on there. Uggg! I’ll just have to talk you through it! My initial vision was bit different than how the pillow turned out, but you can make changes to make it a different size or shape.

I used Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous fabric, and cut strips 1″ x 21″. (This was just the length of my fat quarters, I would have made them 18″ if I had a half yard bundle).

I cut a quilting cotton fabric square and a batting fabric square, 21″ x 21″. (I ended up not needing it so big, but my original vision was a square pillow.) I laid my strips out in rainbow order, and starting with the bottom, sewed them onto the fabric-batting sandwich. I used about a 1/4″ seam when sewing the raw strips on. Every time I added a strip, I moved up the pillow 1/2″.

Loominous Pillow

Of course when I got to the end of my strips, my pillow was not big enough to be a square. I decided to make it into a lumbar pillow, rather than cut more strips and make it a square. I finished it up with Essex linen on the back, and just stuffed it will pillow filling.

Loominous Pillow

Obviously with the raw edges, this isn’t going to be a heavy use pillow that I hand down to my great grandchildren. šŸ™‚ But it does make me happy and it’s a very fun addition to my sewing room.

Loominous Pillow

If I wanted to make it a little bigger and more sturdy, I would probably try cutting my strips at 3″ rather than 1″. I’d then iron them in half to 1-1/2″, so there is no raw edge at the bottom. That would also give me a taller pillow in the end. Another project for another day!

Loominous can be found at the following shops:

Sew Modern
Gotham Quilts

Star Bunting Tutorial

Star Bunting Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts for BERNINA's We All Sew

The 4th of July is one of the most popular holidays in our family. It may have something to do with the heat finally arriving in Chicago, our annual trip to northern Michigan or the anticipation of watching small town fireworks over the lake. Last year at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog, I shared directions to make my Summer Sparkler Quilt. This year Iā€™m continuing the tradition of decorating for the holiday, with instructions to make your very own 4th of July Star Bunting.

This tutorial is easy to whip up, scrap friendly, and will add an extra pop to your holiday celebrations! Or change the colors and use for birthdays and other special events. Just click on over to BERNINA’s We All Sew blog and make one of your own.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Top!

Hanna Hearts Quilt Top: Fresh Lemons Quilts

Back home and back at the sewing machine this week! I finished up my Hanna Hearts quilt top and it’s just so cute! (Once again this was confirmed by my 8 year old daughter.) Adding sashing is not exactly my favorite part of making a quilt (yawn) but I did manage to get it all done in two days.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Top: Fresh Lemons Quilts

I cut my sashing 2-1/2″ wide (so finishes at 2″). I actually planned on making an even wider border around the outside edge but ran out of white fabric and couldn’t remember which particular white I was using. I know, I know…label my neutrals already! Quilting soon on this one. šŸ™‚

You can read more about the makings of this quilt, including links to the heart block tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew, here and here.