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

Palete Cleansing

Palete Cleansing : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m back! Those of you that follow me on Instagram know that I just spent ten wonderful days in Ireland with my husband to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was a great break, a beautiful country with just the nicest people. I missed my kids a lot though – it was the longest I’ve ever been away from them (by far!) I’m happy to be home, getting back into the routine of soccer and sewing on scout patches.

Ireland : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I always feel slightly lost when I return to my sewing machine after a break. I feel like I need a bit of a project cleanse before tackling something large. There’s just something about simple squares that helps calm my mind.

Palete Cleansing : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled some Fall inspired colors, mostly from Leah Duncan, and paired them with an Essex linen. I can’t get enough of using a textured neutral lately.

Palete Cleansing : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This probably won’t be a large quilt. Maybe a large pillow? I’m going to enjoy piecing it together this week.

Posy Strip Pillow Tutorial ~ Bernina’s We All Sew Blog

Just popping in quickly today to let you know that my latest tutorial for Bernina USA’s We All Sew blog is up on their site! New pillows are a great way to refresh a space, right? I made the Posy Strip Pillow with Robert Kaufman Essex linen, Liberty of London Tana Lawn prints from DuckaDilly Fabrics, Aurifil thread and a handful of beautiful decorative stitches from my Bernina 750QE.

I hope you will head over to Bernina’s We All Sew blog to check it out. In the tutorial, I also link to an awesome video that shows how to install an invisible zipper with Bernina’s invisible zipper foot (#35) – LOVE that thing!

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.