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. :) 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

Dreaming of Half Square Triangles

Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Well, I’ve made a lot of half square triangles. I may see them in my sleep tonight. After a few hours cutting, a few hours stitching, and a few hours ironing, I have several lovely stacks to spend a few more hours trimming.

Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last week I made a test block with one of my favorite Anna Maria Horner prints from Good Folks, and some Robert Kaufman Essex Linen. I believe this is yarn dyed black, but as usual, I failed to label it. I may turn this block into a pillow.

Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Besides sewing, I’ve spent a bit of time this week baking in the kitchen with my kids. We made cupcakes and a very delicious blueberry cobbler with cornmeal biscuit.

Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This recipe is from one of my go-to favorite cookbooks, Rustic Fruit Desserts. Must remember to take advantage of all the fresh fruit while it is so readily available in the grocery!

Time to trim those half square triangle blocks!

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This past weekend was Quilt Market up in Minneapolis. I didn’t go this time around, but I had so much fun watching everything unfold on Instagram. As usual, Anna Maria Horner’s booth made my jaw drop. And seeing her woven Loominous display made me very, very happy that I just splurged on a fat quarter bundle! Which happened to arrive last Friday!

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Loominous is described as yarn dyes, and most of the fabrics feel more soft and drapey than traditional quilting cottons. Some of the designs have metallics in them – very cool. This isn’t “the usual” fabric I work with – but as always Anna Maria knows what I want before I even do. I think they would be awesome for quilts or clothing – I’m starting with a quilt.

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I find it pretty much impossible to resist buying her full collections. But if I had to pick favorites, it would be these two pieces.

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Loominous is just starting to pop up in shops (and I’ve noticed, selling out just as quickly!) You can currently find some at a couple of my sponsors:

Sew Modern
Fabric Spark

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now to figure out the perfect design to showcase these designs!

Poinsettia ~ A Finished Quilt and Pattern

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s finished! After a few days of quilting, yesterday I stitched on the last bit of binding. I’m so very happy with how it turned out. Hopefully you all are as excited as I am – if for any reason, because you don’t have to hear about this one anymore. Ha!

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I know I’ve said so much about this quilt already, but I’ll touch on the main details again because I always have questions in the comments. I started this quilt over 2 years ago at a retreat put on by Pink Castle Fabrics (formerly known as Quilt Camp, now known as Camp Stitchalot). I was teaching a session on paper piecing and we were making the larger Poinsettia Star components as part of a small mini quilt pattern. I had already made the mini quilt, so I decided to play around with a new layout for all of my sample blocks.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m sure a lot of you know how it goes – life gets busy and your UFO pile grows and grows. The original quilt section was put aside while I waited for the right time to pick it up again. That time proved to be last November.

A little more than 2 months later, the finished quilt measures 62″ x 75″. There are 99 quilt blocks…2,610 tiny pieces of fabric. But who’s counting. 😉 Despite those seemingly overwhelming numbers, if you followed along on the progress you saw how this quilt was pretty achievable to assemble when broken down into steps.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Almost every piece of bright fabric in this quilt is from my stash of fabrics by Anna Maria Horner. (I can only think of 1 piece, from the original section 2 years ago, that isn’t hers.) I could gush all day about Anna Maria’s talent. Her collections just sing together. The colors, the designs…they are perfect for patchwork. The black/cream fabric is also from my stash. Half yards I’ve collected here and there. I used a lot up for this quilt, but I certainly don’t regret it. Much is from various Moda designers. A lot from Sweetwater, Lu Summers, Zen Chic. If I see it, I buy it, because Moda does not reprint fabric once it’s gone. Some are text, some are shapes and lines. Together, it just works.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing, I used a print from Anna Maria Horner’s Hand Drawn Garden collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics called Sketchbook in ivory. The binding is a scrappy mix of black prints I used within the quilt. I think it provides a nice finishing frame. By some truly accidental piece of luck, when I cut the this large piece of fabric in half to sew together for the backing…the design matched up perfectly. You can’t really even tell where the seam is (it’s in the middle of the above photo, down the middle of the black hand drawn birds.)

I quilted using straight lines, just organically measuring – not marking. They are about 1/4 to 1/2 apart.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And…for the moment many of you have been waiting for…a quilt pattern! This pattern is now available in my shop as a PDF instant download. I have a few new PDF patterns that I haven’t announced formally, so be sure to check them out. There’s the Poinsettia Quilt, Big Top Quilt and Holland Mills Quilt. I plan on sending all 3 to the printer this week for hard copy pattern booklets (if you prefer that to an instant download PDF file). Those should be available in about 2 to 3 weeks.

Now it’s time for me to go cuddle under that quilt. This one is for keeps.