Wednesday, July 23, 2014

QAYG Applique Pillow Tutorial

Today I'm finally sharing a fun tutorial with you all (ya'll!). My idea for quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) applique has been floating around in my head for over a year. So when asked to join in on the Christmas in July Blog Hop with Gina Martin's new fabric line, Folk Christmas, I knew I finally had a chance to play around with this idea.

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I, perhaps like you, heard about QAYG a few years ago from the online quilting community. It is such a fun and versatile technique. Lending the QAYG technique to applique just seems like a great use of QAYG, let alone all those extra batting scraps lying around my house. 



Before getting to the tutorial, I want to let you know I am giving away a jelly roll (well Gina is giving away a jelly roll). If you want a chance to win (international entries welcomed), leave a comment telling me about your favorite Christmas cookie (mine is Gingerbread... mmmmm....) Winners announced July 31st.



And there are more prizes to be won on the blog hop. Here's the schedule: 
Ok, if you are here for the tutorial... let's get started. 

QAYG Appliqué Tutorial

Materials

To make 1 pillow cover you will need: 
2 squares of batting at least 17'' (or at least 1'' larger than your pillow form) 
(I use Warm and White batting)
4 Fat Quarters (or 1/4 yard cuts) red fabrics
3 Fat Quarters (or 1/4 yard cuts) green fabrics
1/2 yard to make the backing envelope
1 pillow form, 16'' square

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

Cut

* From red and green fabrics cut strips of fabric varying in width 1 1/2'' to 3 1/2''. Specifically from each fabric I cut a 1 1/2'' strip, a 2 1/2'' strip, and a 3 1/2'' strip. (Note: if you cut from 1/4 yard cuts, sub cut the strips in half. They should be around 20''.)

* From the 1/2 yard backing fabric cut 2 pieces 16 1/2'' x 19''.

Make the QAYG Panels

Step 1 

Place a green strip right side up along the center of the batting square. Then using your walking foot, run several lines of straight line quilting along the strip. When quilting, I increased my stitch length to 3.5. My quilting lines are roughly 1/4'' apart. 

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

Step 2 

Place a second green strip on top of the quilted strip so that right sides are together and the raw edges are aligned. Using a 1/4'' seam allowance, sew the strips together. Note: you will be sewing through the batting too. 

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

Step 3 

Then press the second strip to the side. Quilt the second strip as desired. I chose to continue the same straight line quilting.

QAYG Appliqué Tutorial

Step 4

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to finish add green strips to the batting square. 

Step 5 

Make a second QAYG panel in red by repeating the process. Then square the background (mine is the red) square 10 16 1/2''.  

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

Add the Applique

Now, you will cut a shape from one of the panels to applique onto the second panel. I chose to cut out a tree shape from my green panel to applique onto the red panel. 

Step 1

Using freezer paper or copy paper, draft and cut your desired shape. I drew a tree. 

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

In these pictures, you can see a bit of my process. I'm using the red panel to gauge how large I want my tree. (I wished I'd made it a bit smaller, but que sera!) In the picture below, I'm satisfied with the shape and size of my tree. 

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

Step 2

Once you've settled on shape and size of your object, pin the paper to the panel to be appliqued (in my case the green). You can also trace the pattern using a washable fabric pen. 

Some things to think about as you place your pattern: Which way do you want the quilting or pieces to be oriented? You also may want to be sure you aren't getting a tiny piece on the very edges of the pattern. I made sure the top of my tree was well into the strip and not just barely. A small piece will likely be problematic. These are not deal breakers by any means, but some things to consider. 

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

Step 3

Carefully cut out the pattern.

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

Step 4

Baste the green pattern piece to the red panel. I pin basted but I hear glue basting is all the rage. ;)

Things to think about: How do you want your background quilting and strips oriented? I oriented mine so that the quilting is perpendicular. Do you want it centered? And remember you will lose a bit off the sides in the pillow seam allowances and from pillow puff. 

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

Step 5

Applique the piece to the background panel. I used a blanket stitch on my machine. Loved it! 

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

And done! 

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

Make Pillow

And now to finish that lovely up into a pillow! 

Step 1

Make the back envelope pieces by pressing a raw edge under by 1/2''. Fold it under again by 1/2'' and press. Then top stitch to secure. Do this to both halves.

QAYG Appliqué Tutorial

Step 2

Lay out the pillow top, right side up. Then lay one side of the envelop back right side down on top of the pillow top. Align the raw edges with the raw edges of the pillow. 

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

Step 3

Lay the second half of the envelop back right side down and aligning the raw edges to the other side of the pillow top. 

QAYG Appliqué Tutorial

Step 4

Pin well all around the outer edges. 

QAYG Appliqué Tutorial

Step 5

Stitch all around the outer edges using a 1/4'' seam allowance. Backstitch when starting and stopping and also backstitch when stitching over where the backing pieces overlap, for extra security. 

Step 6

Clip the corners and turn the pillow right side out. Then shove (daintily mind you!) on a pillow form and show your friends. (Especially me!)  

QAYG Appliqué Tutorial

QAYQ Appliqué Tutorial

But seriously, this technique is so versatile. I think one could have a lot of fun with it. I'm thinking letters, puppy dog shapes, birds. You name it. Go wild! And please please do show me

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Patchwork Sunglasses Case {A Tutorial}

Hi everyone!

I have this lovely cutie pie sunglasses case tutorial posted over at Ellison Lane as part of Jennifer's Summer Patchwork series. If you are anything like me, you need a sunglasses case. I think I've had 2 pairs of sunglasses broken since April.... (This is why we can't have nice things!)

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I'd love it if you'd pop over and check it out. If you make one let me know!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap {Friday Finish}

Last week, I sent off my quilt for my Schnitzel and Boo Swap partner.

Forgot to share my finished #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap yesterday. I sent it yesterday partner. Hope you like it! #makeaquiltmakeafriend


After remaining silent on many of my fabric teaser posts (ahem!), I decided to go with the blue fabric pull. (I never get to play with just blue.) And used my Katie Squared tutorial to make the block.

I wonder if my #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap partner would prefer a blue or purple mini quilt. Hmmm. What do you think? #makeaquiltmakeafriend


I finished up the quilt with some hand quilting, with no real reason except that I felt I needed to hand stitch. I do like to hand quilt, especially minis.

I'm happy to report, my partner loved the quilt. Whew!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Stairs of a different sort {WIP Wednesday}

After seeing so many great quilts pieced from the court house stairs block, I simply had to make some.

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Pairing the block with black and white fabrics seemed natural but was inspired by recent postings by Alexis and Christopher on Instagram and their blogs. I feel like I used to be obsessed with black and white color schemes but forgot somehow... I love black and white.

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For these wee blocks, I'm not practicing precision. Here's what I did: First I calculated how wide each strip should be. 8'' finished block size divided by 9 strips in each block = about 7/8'' finished + 1/2'' for seam allowances. So from my fabric, I cut strips 1 3/8'' x Width of Fabric (WOF = selvedge to selvedge). Then I cut the first 3 squares for each block (1 3/8'' squares).

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After the first 3 squares were sewn, I just basically sewed the strips onto the base. (It's like my chain sashing tutorial.) Then I trimmed the strips. (I even used scissors, as opposed to my rotary cutter. Seriously, just having fun... trimming brings me down.)

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I would note that with my Courthouse Stairs quilt top or for larger blocks, I would measure and cut each strip to a specific length. Otherwise I found my top getting bunchy and parachute like. No one likes a bunchy top.

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I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday. Hope you have a great day!
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