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.
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Ok, if you are here for the tutorial... let's get started.
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
* 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
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.
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.
Then press the second strip to the side. Quilt the second strip as desired. I chose to continue the same straight line quilting.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to finish add green strips to the batting square.
Make a second QAYG panel in red by repeating the process. Then square the background (mine is the red) square 10 16 1/2''.
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.
Using freezer paper or copy paper, draft and cut your desired shape. I drew a tree.
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.
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.
Carefully cut out the pattern.
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.
Applique the piece to the background panel. I used a blanket stitch on my machine. Loved it!
And now to finish that lovely up into a pillow!
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.
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.
Lay the second half of the envelop back right side down and aligning the raw edges to the other side of the pillow top.
Pin well all around the outer edges.
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.
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!)
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!