Thursday, May 22, 2014

Eclectic Elements Multi-Strip Pillow

Hi friends! I'm back with another project from Quilt Market. I really loved this project. It went together quick and I think the radiating color is stunning. 
Thank you so much for all the comments. I always enjoy hearing from you here on the blog. 

Eclectic Elements Multi-Strip Pillow
The pillow was paper pieced with random sized strips and then quilted.  

Cut 4 - 8" squares of paper. Draw several reference lines diagonally across the squares, this will help you sew the strips straight.  

Cut several random strips from a wide rang of fabric. The strips are cut to anywhere from 1" to 2". The strips should be at least 12" long at the center of the square. Light, medium and dark colored fabrics. Start at one end and sew the fabric strips to the paper. 

You can see that the center of the pillow starts with mid tones (browns and greens), moves to light neutral and then goes to dark colors  (black).

Make 4 of these squares. I tried not to use the same fabrics in the same place to create a random look. 

Once all the sewing is done carefully tear the paper off  the back side. Trim the sewn squares to 7 1/2" x 7 1/2".  Sew the four squares together matching the seams in the center using a 1/4" seam allowance. 

At this point you could just make the pillow but I decided to quilt it. This step is totally optional. Layer the sewn pieces with batting (Warm and Natural) in the middle and muslin or the like for the backing (this fabric will not show). Quilt through the layers. 

Construct your pillow by sewing around the edge with right sides together. Be sure to leave an opening for turning. Make sure the opening is large enough to get the pillow form in, Hand stitch the pillow closed. 

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