Jun 21

Beyond the Garden Gate – A Free Pillow Tutorial with Garden Delights by Gray Sky Studio

I love love love those fantastic Liberty tiny florals. I forced my family to make a Liberty pilgrimage in London, found the fabric district in Paris to locate more Liberty, and I would absolutely paint my house in ditsy floral if I could.

 

However. There are only so many yards you can buy and projects you can make with fabric that costs $40/yard, as pretty as it may be.


That’s why I LOST MY MIND when Marcia brought in Garden Delights by Gray Sky Studio. It’s the kind of detailed, ditsy, gorgeous English garden floral I love in Liberty, but in quilting cotton that I CAN AFFORD.

I got to thinking about another of my favorite things that I can only afford in small doses, and this cute pillow was born! (Okay, it was also born of a desire to use as many prints as I could of this new line in one place, because I love it so much.)


It starts with Cathedral Windows, which while I can afford the fabric to make it, the time it would take for a whole quilt is only affordable if I forego all other projects for a good long while. I can’t commit to that, as much as I LOVE the look of it.


Cathedral Windows looks to me a little like the trellis on top of a garden gate – one of those wrought iron gates where you peek through and find bustling, busy, colorful, overflowing English-style gardens. This pattern uses just 2 Cathedral Window blocks with a “gate” below to give you the feeling of abundant florals and interesting construction with only the commitment of a pillow! Mine has already been claimed by my daughter for her bed, so just be aware you may need to commit to making two.


Beyond the Garden Gate Pillow


Materials:

1/2 yard background fabric
Various 1/4 yard pieces of prints you love
Stuffing or a pillow form

Cut:

Background fabric: 
2 – 16.75″ squares
8 – 4.5″ x 1.5″ strips
2 – 1.5″ x 16.5″ strips
1 – 1.75″ x 16.5″ strip

Floral fabric:
6 – 4.5″ squares (for the gate section)
2 – scant 8″ squares (for the “petals” in the trellis section)
4 – 5″ squares (for the trellis section – cut 3 on the diagonal to form 6 half square triangles. Only one should stay a square.)
  

Instructions:

I can’t imagine making a more awesome and detailed tutorial for Cathedral Windows than this oldie but goodie from one of our favorite fabric lines – The Charming Windows Pillow Tutorial from Moda Bake Shop Blog. I highly recommend using her detailed pictures as you create the blocks, but my measurements for Beyond the Garden Gate.


There are a few places where she and I differ, and I’ll note them as we go!

 

  1. Instead of making the cardstock template and cutting your background blocks so large, since we’re just doing two for this pillow, I go a little easier route (hers is perfect for lots of squares in an assembly line!). If you decide to make a cardstock template and start with larger pieces of fabric to end up with your 8″ squares,  you’ll need more background fabric than I told you to get above!Take your two background squares and use a ruler to mark 1/4″ in from each side. Use that line to press each edge over like a little hem. You can use a dab of fabric glue here if you’d like – just to make everything stay put where it should be. All 4 edges should be pressed to the wrong side.  
  2. Follow her instructions for pressing and folding towards the middle twice. I use a little spray starch just for added staying power. 
  3. Sew the two Cathedral Windows together on one side using the two flaps, just as she shows.  
  4. Our large square openings fit a fabric square that’s just shy of 8″. Instead of sewing all around as she does, I take a shortcut here with my handy dandy Sewline glue pen and put a dab on each side and corner. Saves a ton of time and holds just as I’d want it to. 
  5. Feel free to play here with your colors. If you’d like all your “petals” to be the same print, use the same fabric in your 8″ squares. Maybe you’d like a wild and crazy floral garden with all of your favorite prints in an order that’s most pleasing to you – do it! 
  6. Arrange your 5″ square and half-square triangles as you see here. I put another little dab of glue on the corners instead of using pins.
  7. Follow her instructions for sewing the openings down along the curves, and voila! You’ve got the Cathedral Windows half of your pillow done!
  8. Next, we’ll make the gate. For my pillow, I imagined the garden had some greenery near the bottom of the gate, greens mixed with flowers as we went up, and a lovely little ornamental pond right down the center. You don’t have to be as literal as all that, of course! 

    Create two units using the short background strips and the squares – sew them together like so, pressing to the dark side. 
  9. Next, you will attach these long units to your long background strips to make the cross-beams of the gate. The 1.75″ width strip goes on top (this one will attach to the Cathedral Window section).
  10. Finally, attach the gate unit to the Cathedral Window trellis unit using a 1/2″ seam (that’s why you have that wider strip up there!). The wider seam will encase any loose fabric from the windows, and for our gate, I like losing those bottom points to make it really look like it could be a trellis attached to a gate! 
  11. The pillow back depends on how you’d like your pillow. I love doing pillows with my own stuffing – I can make them as stuffy or as floppy as I’d like, and I’m not limited to the size of a pillow form if I decide I want to add some sashing or take some away from a pattern. (If you’d like to use a pillow form – check out Marcia’s wonderful Quilting Quicky video with an envelope back tutorial!) 
  12. Square up your pillow front now that it’s attached, and decide how you’d like the back. You can use multiple fabrics from your quarter yard pieces in strips, pick up an extra bit of background fabric to make a more neutral back, anything your heart desires. I decided to use my daughter’s favorite pink floral (as she had already started hovering around the sewing room with an eye on the pillow) to make our back.I had the remaining bit of the 1/4 yard piece after making the squares for the windows, and cut it to the width of the pillow, seamed it down the middle, then trimmed to the size of the pillow front.  
  13. Right sides together, start sewing the seam of the pillow about 1/3rd of the way from the first corner you’ll turn. Sew the top and sides at 1/2″, the bottom at 1/4″. Sew your pillow all the way around until you are back on the side you started with. Stop sewing and back stitch a few inches away from where you started. Turn the pillow right side out, stuff, and stitch the opening closed. Enjoy your pillow! 

Jun 18

Monday Morning Quilting Quicky – Fun Summer Pillow

Welcome back to our Quilting Quickies! It’s our 4th year, and we’re so excited for all of our summer fun. Watch for a new video every other Monday throughout the summer!

Join Marcia as she makes this FUN Summer Pillow! She’ll also show you her trick for the perfect pillow backing and how to save loads of time at your embroidery machine!

 

To make this fun, summer pillow (as well as many other of our Quicky projects this summer), you’ll need:

KimberBell’s Simple 7 Summer Pattern Booklet – In the Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to use the machine applique designs with them, you’ll need the KimberBell Simple 7 Summer Design CD – all the booklet designs included in multiple sizes!

 

 

 

 

 


When you swing into the shop to pick up your supplies, make sure you tell us you’ll be making a project based on our Quilting Quicky! See you soon!

Jun 14

Summertime is T Shirt Time! How to make a quick T shirt quilt.

Summer vacations and mini trips seem to always include a new t-shirt or two and after a few years we seem to have so many, each attached with some special memories. Rather than throw them away, collect 20 of them and make a memory quilt. Here’s how we at PNQS make a really quick one.

 

The Summer T-Shirt Quilt

First gather up a bunch – 15 to 20. Use a 14 inch square ruler or make a 13 inch square cardboard template, Mark and then cut the design you want to use. If there is a design on the back cut up the sides first and cut the front and back separately.

You will have a lot of scraps. If the sleeves have something you want to keep, set them aside – do not cut apart yet.
Cut up to 20 fronts

If you do not have 20 fronts, then add some t-shirt backs.

If you still need more, then cut the sleeves apart

You can use other parts too, if there are logos on other parts or smaller images elsewhere you can use some of those as well

Back everything with Shape Flex, This is a ight woven fabric that irons on to the back to add stability to strethchy T shirt knits.

 IRON ONLY FROM THE BACK SIDE OF T SHIRTS.  Many of the logos and pictures are made with a rubbery surface and these can melt (ask me how I know this!)

Trim down as many as you have, or want to 12 1/2 blocks – there are 12 1/2 inch rulers that make this so much easier to square up and get your design on the T shirt centered.  Do the backs as well, getting the design centered as much as you can, sometimes the neckline gets in the way – then your design will be centered more toward the top, but this is OK.

Put your small pieces on shape flex and cut out squares, just remember that you will be using these together to make a finished 12 inch block, so the must measure 12 1/2 inches before you begin sewing the blocks together in the quilt.

Cut them apart

Some might be different sizes – just remember you can use your imagination to combine these into 12 1/2 inch blocks as you wish, and of course you can use ALL T shirt fronts for the quickest and simplest quilt as well.

 

I used some of my smaller pieces for the T shirts to make a few simple churn dash blocks.

And some are simply square in a square (this is the easiest to do.  You can see that I added these with the churn dash blocks to make a 12 1/2 in block ready to add to the other blocks.

Sometimes, if a seam allowance would distort your design, then you can simply applique with a blanket stitch.

When you blocks are all ready, you should have 20 12 1/2 inch blocks, all backed with shape flex and arranged in a manner pleasing to you, with 4 across and 5 down.   Many folks like to put the most special T shirt block in the middle of the quilt.

Sash the quilt with 12 1/2 in strips and square contrasting cornerstones (as shown above)  I used 2 1/2 inch strips to cuts these, but you can make them narrower or wider for smaller or larger size quilts.  Add an other border if you wish, here too the width is up to you, add two or three in varying sizes if you want a larger quilt.  Use sashing and corner stones so all four sides of each block are uniform.

You will sash the horizontal rows of blocks, then add between, top and bottom rows of sashing and cornerstones, Sew together all the rows.

After it is all put together press seams to one side or the other FROM THE BACK SIDE of quilt.  Add borders if desired, Add one two or three, whatever pleases you, borders will also make the quilt bigger if you are wanting to use for a bed quilt.

Quilt and bind. You have a fantastic one of a kind memory quilt to be used and loved.  

The guys in my family are into tractor pulling as much as Suzie and I are into quilting and sewing!

 

It is a great combination, Con’t you think?

 

Jun 04

Monday Morning Quilting Quicky – Summer Apron

Welcome back to our Quilting Quickies! It’s our 4th year, and we’re so excited for all of our summer fun. Watch for a new video every other Monday throughout the summer!

Join Marcia as she makes this SUPER easy summery apron! Perfect for gardening or barbecues!

 

 

When you swing into the shop to pick up your supplies, make sure you tell us you’ll be making a project based on our Quilting Quicky! See you soon!

Nov 26

Monday Morning Quilting Quicky – A Holiday No-Sew Project!

Welcome back to our Quilting Quickies! Keep an eye out for more seasonal special quicky videos throughout the year!

Join Marcia for a quick and easy no-sew project for the holidays using your favorite mini charm pack!

 

 

When you swing into the shop to pick up your supplies, make sure you tell us you’ll be making a project based on our Quilting Quickie! See you soon!

Oct 14

Another FALL Quilting Quicky! – Quick No-Sew Holiday Decor (with a funny twist!)

Welcome back to our Quilting Quickies! Keep an eye out for more seasonal special quicky videos throughout the year!

Marcia’s got QUITE the surprise in her bag of tricks today! Try this super cute no-sew project just in time for last minute Halloween decor! You just need an orange fat quarter and a few odds and ends from around the house…

 

 

When you swing into the shop to pick up your supplies, make sure you tell us you’ll be making a project based on our Quilting Quickie! See you soon!

Sep 25

FALL Edition Monday Morning Quilting Quicky – Fun and Easy Table Topper

Welcome back to our Quilting Quickies! Keep an eye out for more seasonal special quicky videos throughout the year!

Join Marcia as she makes a fun and easy table topper with just a honeybun and a charm square!

 

 

When you swing into the shop to pick up your supplies, make sure you tell us you’ll be making a project based on our Quilting Quickie! See you soon!

Sep 20

Are you a Rockstar? We think so!!!

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SEWAPALOOZA – THE FAREWELL TOUR!

Friday & Saturday Oct. 21 & 22, 2016

photoJoin us in our classroom as BERNINA’S Betsy Carlson returns for this splendid event! It is even better than before! Two people will share a machine and EVERY attendee completes the project! You will make one project per day using many of the features of our Bernina 880 sewing machine. If you are thinking about the Bernina 880 this is the class for you to explore and experience for yourself. Come and enjoy, everything is provided for you. Gift bags and “goodies” for everyone.

sewapalooza_1$99.00 Class Fee

 

Register now!  Space is limited to 24 attendees this year for more personal time with the amazing Betsy Carlson!  Check out this year’s stellar projects:

 

 

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Aug 28

Monday Morning Quilting Quicky – Faux Piping Binding

Welcome back to our Quilting Quickies! Enjoy the last video of the summer and keep an eye out for our seasonal special quicky videos throughout the year!

Join Marcia as she makes the mistakes so you don’t have to…AND teaches you how to make a faux piping binding for your next quilt!

 

 

When you swing into the shop to pick up your supplies, make sure you tell us you’ll be making a project based on our Quilting Quickie! See you soon!

Aug 26

A Fall Note from Marcia

“The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many… September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception.”

~Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894), Autumn, 1868

 

What a wonderful synopsis of the season we are in. I love fall, and while I truly enjoy all of the seasons here in the mid-west, year after year fall seems to be my favorite. Cool and crispy weather with a touch of frost, nature’s beauty as leaves change colors all around. Sweater weather, pumpkins, sweet potatoes & squash, corn & soybean harvest,  raking leaves, cuddling under warm quilts, sunflowers, retreats, crunchy apples, popcorn, the smell of wood fire, new backpacks, clothes and shoes as the children/grandchildren get ready for another school year.   Back to school… And of course, back to sewing.

 

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Best of all is the season of Thanksgiving; counting up our many blessings. Such a wonderful time as the holidays are fast approaching and year’s end is so close.  Looking back on the year, memories, family events, family vacations, your accomplishments, and even the painful things that you may have survived (or are still in the process), as well as looking forward to what the future may hold.  Nostalgia and moving forward all rolled together.

 

The entire staff at Pine Needles want to take this time to express our sincere gratitude to each and every one of you.  It is entirely because of YOU that we are able to be here. For that we are so thankful and are ready to serve you for years to come.  We celebrate YOU! 

 

We all know that this year has been kind of crazy in many ways. Quilting and sewing are comforting, safe, and rewarding.  You can “escape” for a time and enter a happy place all of your own.  You are in charge, you get to use your creative mind and hands.  You get to choose the colors, the project, the thread, the size, and the timeframe.  You can breathe out some of the daily stress and frustrations and breathe in your own sense of peace and tranquility through creativity. 

 

We have all the tools you might need on your sewing/quilting/embroidery journey.  A great slate of new classes and opportunities for fellowship and friendships with those that are just as passionate about your craft as you are, a plethora of new fabrics, books and patterns.  Come on in, create with us and totally enjoy your journey.

 

Fall has arrived in all its glory and YOU are front and center!

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