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Pretty Petals Pillow

Flower Pillow DIY 3

In honor of National Craft Month, I took inspiration from spring trends presented by Jo-­Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. The themes include: Radiant Orchid (Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year), Floral, Nautical and Geometric. Taking my cues from the floral trend, I created this Pretty Petals Pillow Cover using a pillow form, thread and Accuquilt GO! circle cutter from Jo-Ann. You, too, can celebrate National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more coupon from Jo-Ann and lots of spring crafting inspiration!

Grace Fabric by Anna Griffin

This fabric line is Grace by Anna Griffin. Isn’t it pretty and perfectly girly? Let’s get started!

Materials:

– 12 x 16 Pillow form
– 1/2 yard plain fabric for pillow case- (6) 1/2 yard cuts of floral fabrics for petals
– Accuquilt GO Circles die and cutting machine (or, 5″ round circle template)
– Sewing machine, thread and sewing pins

Accuquilt GO Baby Fabric Circle Cutter

To make this project, I used 7 total half-yard cuts of fabric.

From the pillow case fabric, cut one piece 12 x 16 and one piece 12 x 18. Cut the 12 x 18 piece in half so you have two pieces 12 x 9. Set aside.

Cutting Fabric Circles

From each of your floral fabrics, cut four strips 6″ x 18″. Layer two strips on top of one another, and fold into thirds, so you have a square approximately 6″ x 6″ with six total layers of fabric.

Cutting Fabric Circles 2 Run the fabric through your GO! Baby die cutting machine using the 5″ circles die, or use your favorite method for cutting fabric circles.

Folding Fabric Petals With the right side facing out, fold each circle in half. Then fold into quarters. Then fold in half again, making a small cone. Fan out the folds as pictured and pin at the base.

Pretty Petals Pillow

Pin the fabric cones to the right side of your 12″ x 16″ pillow cover (front panel), making a row. Each cone’s point should be spaced about 1″ apart. Stitch a straight line from across the entire row, catching each of the points.

Pretty Petals Pillow 3

Arrange your next row of fabric cones (in another color) over top of the stitched points, just covering them. Stitch a new row of fabric cones to the pillow front.

Pretty Petals Pillow 4

Continue in this way until you have six rows of folded flower petals. Once you are happy with the look of your pillow front, follow the directions to make a simple envelope pillow cover.

Flower Pillow DIY 4

You can choose to trap the edges of the fabric cones in the sides of the pillow case (this is what I did), or make sure to pin them away from your stitch line around the pillow cover’s edges. If you trap the edges, it will give a nice, smooth finish to the edge of the pillow.

Flower Pillow DIY 2

If you make this project, we’d love to see it in the Craft Buds Flickr group, or you can leave us a comment!

This post is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

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Sweet Heart Mini Quilt

For Valentine’s Day I designed this little heart mini quilt. Size it up or down for a wall hanging, pillow cover, baby quilt or whatever you feel like!  To make a 20″ square finished quilt like the one above, you’ll need:

  • 10 3.5″ squares in various shades of reds and pinks (or non-traditional Valentine’s Day colors, whatever you feel like!)
  • 26 3.5″ squares for the background
  • 2 border strips 2.5″ wide x 18″ long
  • 2 border strips 2.5″ wide x 20″ long
  • 22″ square fabric for the back
  • 22″ square quilt batting for the middle
  • 90″ binding

My finished quilt is about 20″ square and all of my seam allowances are 1/4″. This is my first quilt, so in the instructions I’m including some things I learned along the way that experienced quilters will already know, but any other newbies out there might appreciate knowing!

First cut all of your squares on the diagonal so you’ll now have 20 triangles for the heart and 52 triangles for the background. I cut all of my triangles and 2.5″ strips using my Accuquilt Go! Baby with the 3″ Finished Triangle Die and 2.5″ Strip Cutter. With that, the cutting only takes about 10 minutes since it does multiple layers at a time!

Note: If you want to speed up this block, you can cut 22 3″ background squares and 4 3.5″ background squares. Cut only the 3.5″ squares in half into 8 triangles. Once it’s quilted, the background squares will blend together, so go with what is easier for you.

Play with arranging them until you’re happy with the look. Below you’ll see my layout and I also drew up a diagram to make it easier to see the angles.

Next, I chain pieced all of my triangles together to make squares. To chain piece, don’t cut your thread after sewing together each set of triangles. Just have the next set ready to go and keep feeding them through your machine until you have a long line. Then cut the thread in between each set and you’ll have saved both time and thread!

Also, to help with time and accuracy I used my 1/4″ seam allowance foot. It has a guide on the edge that the fabric runs along so every seam is exactly 1/4″.

After all of your triangles are sewn into 3″ squares, open them up and iron them flat. You’ll have something that looks like this. Last chance to make any final rearrangements!

Next, sew together each horizontal row of squares. Again, iron the seams flat (which I hadn’t done yet in this photo).

Then sew the horizontal rows together. Again, press the seams. If you don’t end up with a perfect square, trim the sides to square it up. Next, sew your shorter 2.5″ border strips to the left and right sides. Trim off any excess length. Then sew the longer 2.5″ strips to the top and bottom. Again, trim off any excess length.

Sandwich together your backing fabric, the quilt batting and the quilt top. Now you’re ready to quilt as desired! I went with straight lines inside the heart and around the border, with a free motion design in the background (the white/natural colored fabric area). To help with accuracy on the straight lines I used a border guide foot. Using that made it super easy to keep my lines perfectly spaced!

After the straight lines were done I planned out my free motion quilting. I made a template on the computer to sketch out different design ideas. Here are two of my ideas and I ended up using the one of the left. With this being my first free motion quilting attempt, the little loopy hearts on the right looked a little too daunting!

I cut out some heart and teardrop shapes and used a washable fabric marker to trace out my free motion design before stitching.

Here you can see the quilting on the back of the finished quilt! After the quilting is done, trim the edges and add the binding. I used the Cluck Cluck Sew Machine Binding Tutorial for mine.

And again, here’s the final product. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Giveaway! Win an Accuquilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter

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Accuquilt Go Baby Would you like to win an Accuquilt GO! Baby fabric cutter and three dies of your choice?! Yes, we thought so. Accuquilt is generously giving away a new-in-box portable fabric cutter and 3 dies to one Craft Buds reader! (Read our review of the GO! Baby here.)

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Accuquilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter Review


Yesterday, I got a GO! Baby fabric cutter in the mail, sent by Accuquilt for me to review! It came with three dies of my choice (hexagons, 2.5″ strips, and half-square triangles), and two cutting mats (one long for the strips, one short for the squares and hexagons).

One of the perks of this machine is the portability. Pulling it out of the box, I could totally see myself taking this with me to quilt guild meetings. It is nothing like lugging around a sewing machine, or even my heavy Cricut.

When I told my non-sewing friends I was getting a GO! Baby, I compared it to a pasta machine. The cutting dies have sharp blades stored deep in a dense layer of foam, so there is little to no chance of cutting yourself. You put the fabric on top of that, then stack the cutting mat on top like a sandwich, which weighs down your fabric if it’s a little wrinkly. When you line up the edge of the cutting die and mat to the GO! Baby and turn the crank, it rolls through like pasta, and the pressure from the machine cuts the fabric inside against the shape of your die.

My first adventure was cutting hexagons from scrap fabric. If you are using scraps, Accuquilt suggests pulling the fabric taut to find the correct grain. Even after reading the instructions thoroughly, I wasn’t sure which way to orient the fabric, so I watched this video to be sure. I cut up to 4 hexagons at a time, in less than 30 seconds. I’d say the accuracy of cuts is definitely not possible with scissors or a rotary cutter. Winner: Accuquilt!

Next, I was excited to try out the 2.5″ strip cutter. I pulled out a yard of Jennifer Paganelli fabric that I will use for quilt binding.

In order to cut strips of any length, I folded the fabric back on itself for one continuous cut. The ends of the die are open so the only cuts are lengthwise. It was true that I could cut up to 6 layers of cotton fabric at a time! If you are still not picturing how this works, here’s another great video showing how to cut fabric strips with the Accuquilt GO! (the larger machine).

From start to finish, I cut my fabric into 6″ sections, and ran them through to GO! Baby to create all of my 2.5″ strips in less than 10 minutes. Most of the time was spent with me lining up my fabric to make sure I was doing it correctly. It’s so easy to use, but I was a little nervous that I might mess up my fabric. Needless to say, this didn’t happen, and I’ve never had such accurate cuts before!

Here you can see my mountain of strips (bottom left) and the waste for an entire yard of fabric (bottom right). In person, it’s not much more than a handful, and I will probably use these for some other kind of craft, like card making.

I actually had fun ironing these strips into binding, because they was cut so perfectly straight. I could see how useful this machine will be for making strip quilts or homemade jelly rolls. The 2.5 inch die is the only strip size offered for the GO! Baby machine, however. If you want other sizes of strips (starting as small as 1 inch), you’d have to upgrade to the larger Accuquilt GO!

A tip from Accuquilt: You can use the strip die to cut 2.5 inch squares. Just turn your strips perpendicular to the die, fold the fabric back onto itself, and run through the machine to turn strips into squares. Turn the strips at an angle, and you’ve got diamonds instead.

Accuquilt Half Square Triangles Here’s are some Kona Bone scraps that I used to make half-square triangles. As you can see, the corners are already clipped or dog-eared to save you from trimming later. Although the cutter says to run a maximum of 6 layers through the machine, I cut 8 at the same time. Though the cuts came out perfect, I wouldn’t recommend any more than 6 layers because the “fabric sandwich” is so thick you can hardly get it through the Accuquilt.

My mom asked me if the dies ever need sharpened. Accuquilt says no, the die blades will never need to be sharpened, but you will need to replace your cutting mat after it has been sliced and diced enough times. I’d estimate that one mat would probably last me 6 months to a year with average use, if I used both sides (recommended). One thing I can confirm is that fabric threads do stick inside the die blades, so you should keep a pair of tweezers nearby to pick out stray threads.

Easy quilt binding with the Accuquilt GO! Baby
Can you tell I’m going to love this machine? I can see myself using the half-square triangles and strips dies all the time. I think my next die to try out will be the circles and maybe the equilateral triangles, which coordinate with the hexagons.

22 Free Patterns - Download Now Quilters and sewists can sign up for 22 free patterns when they sign up for Accuquilt’s e-mail list. Thank you Accuquilt!

Enter the Accuquilt Giveaway here! (Ended July 4, 2011)

Speaking of giveaways . . . out of 68 comments, the winner of the giveaway form Kalla’s Creations is #11 lisa, who said “I follow via email.” Congrats Lisa, and thanks Michaella for sharing the goodies from your cute shop!
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