Big Changes on the Horizon

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Hello my lovelies!
I’ve been M.I.A. for way too long and have been
neglecting your quilting needs
but I have some incredibly exciting news for you!

For all you ‘makers’ out there, you’ll probably relate to me
when I say my business is part of me.
Fabric Please! has felt like another ‘child’ of mine.
Since it’s inception in 2015, I’ve nurtured it and watched it grow.

With your help and support, I’ve created something that we can all be proud of!

With that in mind… Fabric Please! will be going through some big changes…
With a joyous heart, I’m handing over the reigns to new owners!!!

The Schumms have years of experience in the quilting world and will continue
to provide you with the same great customer service
you have come to expect at Fabric Please!

Jennifer & Claudia Schumm are a mother-daughter team currently operating
a Brick-and-Mortar quilt shop in New Hamburg, ON called Quilting by Design.

Jennifer is an incredible business woman, quilter and friend!  She helped me navigate the quilting business when many would have shut their doors to me.
I know you will be in great hands with Jennifer!

Claudia is a vibrant, young, whirlwind of energy that will breathe new life into the quilting world!
She will be the one at the helm for
Fabric Please! over all the social media platforms.
She will take Fabric Please! mobile, just like I did!

You can look for the Fabric Please! trailer (new and improved!) at your quilting retreats, guild meetings and various events.  You’ll also find the Fabric Please! booth at several quilt shows this season!

With the changes… Fabric Please! will be able to offer an even BIGGER selection of fabric to choose from, fantastic sales and now… a RETAIL LOCATION!!!

The retail location will still be called Quilting by Design and the Fabric Please! website will remain the same.

Now, to answer some of the inevitable questions:

What will I be doing?
I’ll be mentoring Claudia for a while so the transition is seamless.
I’ll guide her in how the mobile store works, help her with a few trade shows and show her the ropes in all things
Fabric Please!

Will I be leaving the quilting world?
Heck no! I’ll be doing MORE quilting! I’ll have a bit more time to make all the quilts that are swirling around my head!
Maybe I’ll even get a chance to make a dent in my enormous stash (yeah, right)

What else will I be doing?
Many of you don’t know, but I was a potter before I got into quilting.
I will be spending time in my studio, throwing my pots and once I’m confident enough, will begin to sell my wares.
My family and friends will be happy about this… I think they have enough quilts to keep them warm for a while… now they could use a few mugs and teapots to complete the picture (LOL).

 If you’re interested in following the rest of my life’s adventures…
I’ll (occasionally) share my shenanigans right here!

Next steps in my life…
setting up my new sewing room, pottery studio and renovating my basement.

Till next time…
Rita

 

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Season of Change

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 we are reminded that there is a time for everything.  

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

This is; for me, a season of change.  On New Year’s Eve, my husband informed me he was leaving me (and our 16 year old son) to “be happier” somewhere else.  As an adult, I can accept the fact that sometimes, people grow apart and need to move on to achieve their idea of what happiness is.  As a mother, I find it very hard to accept the circumstances of his leaving.  My son will forever mark New Year’s Eve with a bitter sorrow left behind from his childhood.  As a wife, I am devastated.

I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on the 30 years I spent with a man I thought was my other half.  I’ve had time to weep, mourn, search, give up and hate.  I’ve also had time to laugh, dance, embrace and love.  Now I’m finding time for peace.

I’ve learned a lot about myself in the past two months.  I’ve learned I’m much stronger than I thought I was.  I’m much more resilient than I thought I was.  I’m actually much happier than I thought I was.  I know that sounds strange, under the circumstances, but I think I was going through the motions of being happily married as opposed to actually being happily married.  I’m proof that humans have the capability to fool themselves.

During the past two months, I’ve experienced kindnesses from others that are nearly unfathomable.  Family, friends and neighbours have surrounded me in love and support.   From having a neighbour plow snow from my driveway to receiving the best hugs from a dear friend, I’ve appreciated every act of kindness they have given.  Each person has reinforced the fact that I am loved and I am worthy.  This is a fact we all need to remember.

I’ve been able to lean (heavily at times) on so many people, that what I’m going through feels completely manageable.  I’ve been able to reconnect with old friends and laugh like a young girl.  I’ve been experiencing new adventures almost every day.  I’ve been drawing closer to my son and building a bond that I didn’t think could get stronger.  At 16 years old, I realize I don’t have a whole lot of time left to spend each and every day with him before he goes out into the world.  I am appreciating the young man he is growing into.  I watch him navigate this difficult time in his life with strength and integrity and I know, someday, he’ll be okay.  He’ll learn to trust again.  We both will.

I look to my future now, not with acceptance of what was expected of me, but with anticipation of what life could be!  It’s thrilling to have a vast horizon before me with endless possibilities.  I feel reborn, refreshed and ready to live the second half of my life with gratitude, generosity and grace.  I’m ready for anything… I’m ready for everything.

Till next time…

Rita

 

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Tango

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Today I had to say goodbye to my most loyal and trusted friend, Tango.

Thirteen years ago, this sweet bundle of fluff came into my life
and ever since has been my confidant and trusted companion.

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I have laughed a little every day because of his playful antics.

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Such a proud, faithful dog, so patient and gentle.

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I’ll miss his warmth while he lay at my feet.
I’ll miss his happy greeting when he sees me (for the 100th time in a day).
I’ll miss him chasing butterflies in the park and
barking just for the joy of hearing his voice.
My heart is a bit heavier today but so much bigger for having him in my life.
I believe dogs give us a glimmer of God’s perfect love.
I’m blessed to have had this guy love me so perfectly.

Sleep well my friend.

Tango 2004-2017

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What I’m Working On

I’ve had the blessed pleasure of getting to spend a bunch of time at my sewing machine lately and this is what I’ve come up with.  Just quilt tops but at least I’m MAKING!

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Grant Park Charm Packs

I had some long-hoarded ‘Grant Park’ Charm Packs that I needed the right pattern for.  So, I decided to do a variation on a simple Four-Patch block with another Four-Patch setting block.  After adding the borders, I’m in love with it!  Classic beauty.

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Parson Gray Jelly Roll

The Parson Gray Jelly Roll was just screaming to be made into the “Jelly Roll Race II” by Missouri Star Quilt Co.  I ended up adding a bit of white on the sides and more 2.5″ strips to the top and bottom to make it larger.  This one will be gifted away.

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Acreage Charm Packs

The ‘Acreage’ Charm Pack was supposed to be a show sample but I sold out of the fabric long before I could finish the quilt.  C’est la vie, good for me!  This quilt will likely go into the “Christmas Giving” pile.

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Hello Love Layer Cake

This ‘Hello Love’ Layer Cake quilt will make the rounds at shows until I sell out of the Layer Cakes but once that happens, it’s into the “Christmas Giving” pile as well.

I’ve also whipped up this sweet playmat by designer Susybee (she’s Canadian by the way).
This is a show sample that has make it to a couple of shows already and the reaction is great!  People love how the momma and baby penguin pop up (almost 3D) because of the extra layers of batting and the heavy quilting around them.  I had so much fun quilting this one.  It was the first time I did swirls that close together as a filler.
I think I may have to use that for more quilts!
I don’t usually do that heavy of quilting either but for this project, it was perfect!

I’d love to see what you’re working on!
Till next time…
Rita

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QuiltX

 

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 10.32.25 AMI haven’t been sharing a lot of progress with you lately because I’ve been working on a secret project for QuiltX.  QuiltX is a quilt show with a twist… the show features one designer (this year it’s Border Creek Station) unveiling a new pattern that the vendors all create something from.  It’s fascinating to see the different interpretations of the same pattern.

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Last year, I ended up making two quilts (a throw and a baby quilt) that I just didn’t love.  I’m not sure why my creative mojo wasn’t in tune last year but this time ’round, I think I nailed it!  Oh, I wish I could share it with you… the suspense is killing me.

I have a wedding coming up later this year and I knew I wanted to make something simple and modern.  The pattern we were given is rather traditional but I knew that wouldn’t do for this young couple.  The design uses a traditional Churn Dash block with alternating setting blocks.  While I used both blocks, I didn’t exactly follow directions
(not surprised? I didn’t think so) I’ll be sharing my version with you here next week.

If you can’t wait that long and you’ll be in the St. Marys, ON area, come see me (and my quilt) at the Pyramid Rec. Centre.

Till next time…
Rita

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Why We Do The Things We Do

I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to write this post, maybe because I’ve been trying to figure out how to put into words what’s been rattling around in my brain.  So, here goes…  Why, as quilters (and crafters in general), we do the things we do.

I’ve thought about the WHY behind many of my actions lately.
Why did I say yes to making that anniversary quilt with only 3 days to make it; start to finish, with many other projects on my “must-do” list?
Why did I give away that gorgeous fabric that I had been saving for that… (unknown) project that I’ve been meaning to get done?
Why did I spend all day talking to my girlfriend about fabric instead of actually making something with it?

The best (and only) reason I can come up with is… LOVE!

I give my time, my fabric, my creations and more of my time to people because I love them.  I love the good works they do, I love that they love their families enough to want to give them my quilts, I love sharing the love of fabric.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a connection to an amazing lady.  This lady gives in all the ways above (and more) to make quilts for Haiti.  That forgotten country (except when the earth quakes or the hurricanes roar) that we visit-adjacent when we go on our winter holidays.  This lady… Audrey, makes 100’s of quilts, by herself and sends them down with whomever will carry them in their luggage.  She spends coutless hours piecing, basting and quilting (BY HAND) each quilt!
Some are tied comforters, so I guess that’s a bit easier.  LOL!

I want to be like her some day.
I want to have the time (I certainly have the fabric) to make quilt after quilt for those I love and those I’ve never met.  I want to give wholly from my heart just like she does.

My family would disagree with this post, saying I give lots of quilts away, and I do.  I just don’t give enough away.  I don’t make enough to give.  Oh the plight of the maker… not enough hours in a day to make and make some more.

I’m betting you are just like me, feeling these same feelings and wishing for more hours to spread your love to others.  That my friend, is why I like you so much!  We are kindred spirits, you and I.  So, let’s stop this nonsense of reading and writing words down on a screen, and get to our sewing machines, glue guns, yarn and paper to make!

Thanks for letting me rant on this.
I’d love to know what you’re working on right now to spread your love.

Till next time…
Rita

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Lipstick on a Pig

Some of you may remember that my husband enjoys taking extended motorcycle trips and in his absence I like to tackle a major project.
It’s kind of like that old television show “While You Were Out”.

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I do this for two reasons…
1.) My husband can NOT handle the chaos that accompanies any kind of home renovation, no matter how small, so it’s best to do things when he’s not around.
2.) When at least one person is gone from this house, I can get so much more done.  Dinners, clean up and bedtimes (mostly mine) are more relaxed.

This time ’round I decided to paint my kitchen cupboards.
Meet the “pig”

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We’ve lived in this house for 18 years and the kitchen was supposed to be the first room to renovate.  Well, as you might expect, other; more pressing items made their way onto the home-repair list.
(darn roof, windows and furnace 😤)

I have hated the cupboards every day of those 18 years.
It’s a bit hard to see in the photos but, they are solid oak, custom made, 1970’s panelled cupboards.  Panelled, as in… someone made these cupboards by gluing together strips of wood to make each door.  There are grooves and ridges that are similar to trim moulding.  Kinda cool in 1970, kinda ugly in 2017.
Regardless, someone spent a lot of time and effort to make these cupboards,
so sturdy they are!  Pretty, they are not!
I’ve thought of replacing the doors with ready-to-go ones from Home Depot.  Nope, these are custom made… every door and drawer are a different size/shape…really.
I’ve thought of having the doors planed flat in a wood planer.  Nope, the finger hole has an extra ridge that sticks out… they’d likely shatter in the planer, so I’ve been told.
I’ve even thought of removing them and living with no doors at all, but let’s face it, I’m way too much of a slob to live like that!
(There’s a reason I crop my photos before I post them.) 
So, after years of protest from my husband,
(he hates the thought of painting wood)

I finally decided to surprise him with a kitchen facelift.

Now… the “lipstick”

First steps were to wash the grunge off with TSP, rinse and prime using STIX Primer.
I then painted two coats (letting each coat dry overnight) with Advance Interior Semi-Gloss paint (Oxford White CC-30) by Benjamin Moore.  I love this paint for doors, trim and now, cupboards!  After it cures, it’s almost like that melamine paint we used to be able to get.  Being latex, the clean up is so much better though!
The backsplash is tile so I treated it to all the same steps as the cupboards.
I used Kendall Charcoal – HC 166.
The walls were painted Revere Pewter HC-172 to freshen them up.

After the cupboards and walls were done, the floor looked disgusting!

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I have very good quality, white linoleum on my kitchen floor.  I actually like the floor, it’s simple; it’s in great shape and it’s easy to keep clean.  These floors are washed every week and waxed every month or two but the buildup was getting nasty!
Some of the TSP dripped onto the floor while cleaning the cupboards so I noticed what the floor was supposed to look like…nice.  So, I spent a day stripping the waxy buildup using good ol’ TSP and a paint scraper.

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Painstaking work, but in the end, it was so worth it!

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I used an industrial floor wax (same stuff the schools use) to finish it and now they look brand new!  My floors look almost wet with the high gloss finish… the dogs had to sniff-test them before walking on them…LOL!

Hubby came home (literally as I finished moving the furniture back in place) and the verdict… “looks great”!  If any of you know my husband, the adverb “great” rarely makes an appearance in his vocabulary.

This was my anniversary gift to him (but mostly to myself).  We made it to the 20 year mark while he was away.  Now there’s a bottle of Proseco chilling in the fridge that we’ll enjoy tomorrow.  I’m also going to enjoy baking my son’s birthday cake in my “new” kitchen tomorrow!  It may not be a Better Homes and Gardens kitchen but there’s a lot of love that is shared in these four walls… just the way I like it.

Now that the kitchen is updated, I’ll be escaping the summer heat
and heading to my studio to get some of those quilty “makes” off of my “to do” list.

I’ll be happy to share them when I get them done.

Till next time…
Rita

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52Quilters!

Hello my lovelies!
I’ve got a very busy week ahead of me and I would love for you to join me in person or via social media….

I will be the driver of the bus (trying not to crash and burn) for the week on
@52Quilters over on Instagram and @52quilters on Twitter.
I’ll be blogging
(yeah, really!)
on the 52Quilters blog and cross-posting to all of my own social media platforms as well.
(Wish me luck on all this clicking, pasting and sharing!)

Oh, did I forget to introduce myself?  Silly me!
I’m Rita… owner of Fabric Please! YOUR online fabric store.
If you want to learn about my journey as an online store owner, head over to my About page on my website.  You can sign up for my Newsletter if you want to get in on some sweet sales, giveaways or news about all the fabulous products I have.  Sometimes, I even share my “makes” to give you ideas of what you can create.  If you would like to learn about my life before I became an e-commerce neophyte, head over to my (sadly forgotten) personal blog Pin Pricked Fingers.  Otherwise, if you just want to hitch a ride with me until the next stop… I’d love for you to come along!

This is the perfect week for me to share!  I’ll be heading to Quilt Canada (Canada’s version of Quilt Con) for the week and you will get a sneak peek of life “behind the scenes”.   I’m a vendor in the merchant mall (peddling my wares) so you’ll be able to see the show from that perspective.
I have my trailer all loaded up and ready to roll!

Set up starts bright and early Tuesday morning and hopefully I’ll get a chance to share a few pics of the chaos of ‘trade-show life’.  During the week, I’ll share pictures of some of the gorgeous quilts entered into the juried show.  I’ll share pics of quilts for Canada’s Big Quilt Bee, a country-wide initiative to make quilts for kids staying in Ronald McDonald houses while in hospital.  There will be quilters donating their time and materials at the show to finish up the last few (hundred) donation quilts.  The goal was to make 1000 quilts but I know we’ve surpassed that… I’ll try to get a final number for you during the week.

While I’m away at Quilt Canada, I won’t be able to fulfill my online orders until June 20th
but as a little treat for my 52Quilters followers, I’m offering 20% off storewide
for orders placed between June 12-June 18.
You can use coupon code:  52QUILTERS at the checkout. 
(offer not valid for Monthly Subscriptions or Gift Cards)

Thank you so much for coming along with me this week!  I hope you enjoy the ride!

Till next time…
Rita

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I’m Published!

A while back, I wrote up a tutorial for pillow shams that match this quilt.

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You can read the full tutorial here.

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Next week, you will see the tutorial in the Winter 2016 edition of

Canadian Quilter’s Magazine!

Can you believe it?  My first tutorial and it’s published!  How in the world did that happen?

The quilt has been delivered to it’s forever-home at the Rock Mills Schoolhouse and I must say, the setting is perfect for a traditional quilt like this!

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Many thanks, to Canadian Quilter’s Association (and Marcy Horswill in particular) for giving me this amazing opportunity!

Till next time…

Rita

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My First Tutorial

Remember this quilt…?

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I’ve decided to write a tutorial for Double Irish Chain pillow shams that match this quilt.

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(full disclosure:  this will be a lengthy post, so stop now if you don’t want to invest too much time)

I started with a traditional block (found at http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com

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To figure out the math, I first determined the size of the quilt to be made.

Originally, I made a king-sized quilt.  I wanted each block to be approx. 10” square (any smaller and the scale would have been too small for the size of quilt).  With a layout of 11 x 12 blocks, I would need to make a total 110 blocks.  That would have me making 55 of each block.

For the sake of this tutorial, I have made matching pillow shams to go with the quilt.  I used the same size blocks and the same fabrics.  You can easily make your project larger by multiplying the blocks.

Step 1:  Design the Block: 

I sketched out the design on graph paper to get a sense of the scale of the pieces in each block.

For block 1 (grid block):  I would need each square to finish at 2”, multiply by 5 to get the full 10” block to give me a total of 25 @ 2” squares.  In order to get a finished 2” square, I would need to cut my strips at 2.5” to account for the seam allowances.

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For block 2 (background block): to finish at 10”, I needed a 6” (finished) square as the centre of the block with 2” border/accent strips.  To get these finished sizes, I needed to cut a 6.5” square for the centre.  The border would be a sub cut of 2.5” strips (explained below).

Fabric Requirements:

5” x wof – accent (red-orange) fabric

7.5″ x wof – accent (yellow) fabric

1/2 yard – various shades of red fabric

6.5 yards – white fabric

1 yard – batting (2 pieces @ 35” x 22”)

Step 2:  Cutting the fabric:

For both blocks:

Cut 2 @ 2.5” strips from red-orange fabric

Cut 6 @ 2.5” strips from various shades of red fabric

Cut 3 @ 2.5″ strips from yellow fabric

Cut 2 @ 2.5” strips from white fabric

Cut 2 @ 6.5” strips from white fabric

For Pillow Border:

Cut 8 @ 2.5” squares from red-orange fabric (sub-cut from 2.5” strip leftovers)

Cut 4 @ 4” x 34” strips from white fabric

For Pillow Top Backing:

Cut 2 @ 36” x 22” from white fabric (this will not be seen on the outside of the pillow, so any fabric will do – this is a good way to use up old sheets/pillow cases that are no longer useable)

For Ruffles:

Cut 15 @ 5.5” strips from the white fabric

For Envelope Enclosure Backing:

Cut 4 @ 34” x 22” from white fabric

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Step 3:  Sew the strips together:

For Grid Block:

  1. line up the strips in order of sewing:  red-orange / red / white / red / red-orange
  2. sew these strips together
  3. press seams all the same way
  4. line up next set of strips in order of sewing:  red / yellow / red / yellow / red
  5. sew these strips together
  6. press seams all the same way
  7. line up next set of strips in order of sewing: white / red / yellow / red / white
  8. sew these strips together
  9. press seams all the same way

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For Background Block:

  1. sew a red strip to both sides of one of the 6.5” white strips
  2. you will be left with one 6.5” strip of white fabric
  3. press seams to the dark side

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Step 4:  Sub-Cutting the Strips:

For Grid Block:

Sub-Cut each set of strips into 2.5” strips

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For Background Block:

Sub-Cut the red-white set into 2.5” strips

Sub-Cut the 6.5” white strip into two 6.5” squares and four 2.5” x 6.5” pieces

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Step 5:  Layout the Blocks:

For Grid Block:

Layout the strips into the block design (labeled by top square colour)

orange-red strip / red strip / white strip / red strip / orange-red strip

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  For the Background Block:

  1. Sew a 2.5” x 6.5” piece to top and bottom of the 6.5” square
  2. Press seams toward the centre block
  3. Lay out the pieces to form the block:

red-white strip / white-white wide strip / red-white strip

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Step 6:  Sewing the blocks together:

For Grid Block:

  1. In order of layout; nest seams together (seams should be going in opposite directions) and pin in place.
  2. Sew carefully – remove pins as needed to avoid sewing over them.
  3. Your block points should match up nicely!
  4. Press seams any way you choose

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For Background Block:

  1. In order of layout; sew red-white strips to either side of the white-white wide strip
  2. Press seams away from centre block

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Pillow Top Piecing:

  1. On two red-white strips, sew one 2.5” orange (accent) square to one end.
  2. Lay out the pillow front as a whole
  3. Sew all pieces together beginning from one side, working in sections.

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Border Piecing:

  1. Once the main pillow top is pieced, lay it over the pillow to be covered
  2. Measure the remaining strip needed to cover the pillow
  3. I used King-Sized pillows (measuring 34” x 20.5”)
  4. I needed an additional 4” (seam allowance accounted for) on the top and bottom edges of the pillow
  5. Sew the 4” x 34” strip white fabric to the completed pillow top
  6. Trim the edges of the white fabric flush with the pillow top edges

(my apologies, I forgot to take photos of this step)

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Step 7:  Sandwiching the pillow top:

  1. Press the pillow top nice and flat
  2. Lay out the 36” x 22” white backing fabric right side down (this will not be seen on the outside of the pillow, so any fabric will do – this is a good way to use up old sheets/pillow cases that are no longer useable)
  3. Place the piece of batting on top of the backing fabric
  4. Place the pillow top on the batting creating the sandwich
  5. Hand press all three pieces flat so there are no puckers/wrinkles

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  1. This is a good time to stencil on any quilting marks you will want to follow for the quilting process.  I used a fleur de lis motif in the centre white space.

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  1. Working from one side, pin baste all three pieces together being sure to hand press out any puckers along the way.

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Step 8:  Quilting the Pillow Top:

  1. Using the FMQ/darning foot of your machine, follow the motif you chose for the centre white space.  This step takes some practice.  If you are not comfortable with Free Motion Quilting, quilt as desired.
  2. I straight-line quilted diagonally in the red/yellow squares to create a trellis effect.

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Step 9:  Trimming up the Pillow Top

  1. Once the quilting is completed, trim up the pillow top.
  2. To create rounded corners (easier for attaching ruffles) use a curved ruler or in my case, a roll of tape!
  3. Trace the tape to create a rounded cutting mark – cut the pillow top to form curved edges at the corners.

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Step 10: Adding the Ruffles:

  1. Sew the 15 strips of 5.5” white fabric together to create one (very) long 5.5” strip.
  2. Trim the seams to 1/4” and press to one side.
  3. Fold the strip in half and press.
  4. Starting on one side, sew the ruffle strip to the top of the pillow top, folding the ruffle strip back on itself every 1” or so to create a pleat.
  5. Continue until all the way around the pillow top working in one or two extra pleats  at the corners.

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Step 11:  Adding the Envelope Closure

  1. Along the long edge of the 34” x 22” white fabric, fold over 1” and press
  2. Fold again 1” and press again
  3. Sew straight line to create a hem (folded edge will be on the wrong side)
  4. Repeat for both panels of the backing fabric
  5. Lay out your pillow top (right side up)
  6. Place both panels of the backing fabric (right sides down).  These will be overlapping quite a bit — that’s good!

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  1. Pin the envelope closure backing panels to the pillow top, keeping the ruffles between the pillow top and the backing fabric.
  2. In order to catch all the many layers, sew a generous 3/8” seam (you could go as much as 1/2” but you will be sewing into the ruffles)
  3. When sewing over the folded hems of the envelope closure, backstitch over the entire hem to create stability at the seams.  This area will undergo a lot of wear when the pillow is inserted.

Step 12:  You are Finished!

Now, admire your work!

Photos below showing the envelope closure on the back and the ruffles in the corners

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Here you can see a close up of the fleur de lis quilting design and the straight stitching in the grid.  White thread used in the white space and red thread used in the grid.

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Here are the two pillow shams with the matching King-Sized Quilt, all ready to go to their new home!  The quilt looks almost as good on the back too!

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Oh, and here was one of my helpers throughout the whole project!

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My sweet Wrigley all covered in thread bits.  😉

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, it was kinda fun to write it up.  We’ll see where this path leads…

Till next time…

Rita

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