Have you been following along with The Fat Quarter Shop’s “Pillow Fight” to celebrate the release of Edyta Sitar’s amazing Pillow Talk book??? I am so honored to have been invited to participate in a Pillow Fight between myself and Elise Baek of Elise and Emelie. Ironically enough, we both chose the same pillow from Edyta’s book without communicating about it. 🙂
There are SO many amazing pillows in Edyta’s book that it was really hard to narrow it down to one pillow. If you’re in the same boat I was in, The Fat Quarter Shop has offered up a kit for the pillows in Edyta’s book. Laser cut shapes that have already been fused!
For the pillow I made, I chose Edyta’s Dot Dot Dot Pillow. I knew I wanted to do fussy cuts for my circles the second I saw this pillow. I had lots in my stash from various designers (Tasha Noel, Amy Smart, original Cotton + Steel, Ruby Star Society, Heather Ross) and wanted to feature my favorites on this pillow.
I used a base of Robert Kaufmann Essex Yarn Dyed Classic Nautical for my front and backing. I wanted something that still had some personality without distracting from my fussy cuts. I quilted more or less a cross hatch down the centers of each square using Aurifil 50wt. I quilted on the diagonal before I fused my fussy cuts. For my process on fusing and cutting my fussy cuts, check out this blog post.
I then hand quilted around each circle using Aurifloss. It added a fun touch that fits my personal quilting style very well. Gradient + hand quilting = true love.
I added a Sally Tomato zipper to the back as well as a fun squirrel label because who hasn’t been distracted by a quilting squirrel or two or twelve before?! I’ve never quilted the back of a pillow before, but it will definitely become my go-to now.
The Fat Quarter Shop has opened up voting for this round of myself vs. Elise on their blog HERE. Who will come out victorious? Only time will tell!
Have you heard of Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Colorful Club?? Each month they send you a curated bundle of fat quarters that are all based off of one color. If you are looking for a really fun way to get a variety of fabrics into your stash, this is such a fabulous way to do so! The schedule of colors is as follows:
I am super excited to be participating in June with the color yellow. Yellow is not a color I generally use a lot. In fact, if you look in my stash, the color I have the least of is actually yellow. I thought this would be a really fun challenge to use yellow instead of a go-to like pink. 🙂
If you are interested in signing up, you can do so by clicking HERE.
My wheels are turning and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve come up with in June. I hope you’ll join in the fun and sew along with us!
I realized one of my issues with patriotic quilts is that I do not love the boldness of the red. I am not a red lover. When inspiration struck for this quilt, I knew it would be something I could possibly love enough to keep and use every summer.
I decided to use Essex linen for this top. I have never made a top completely out of linen. Before I get to the colors I used, which I know is why some of you are here, I thought I’d share my biggest tip for working with linen: keep track of the right and wrong sides of the fabric. If you do not do this, things get weird. I know from first hand experience. Others would say to starch, I didn’t and things worked out great! I use lots of steam and lots of heat, even with linen. The pattern calls for triangles on a roll, but I decided to make the triangles and trim using my Bloc Loc and it worked out great.
Here are the colors of essex I used for this quilt:
I really hope if you choose to make this that you will tag me @heritage.threads on instagram so I can see your quilt come together. It will become a family favorite for picnics, fireworks, and parades for years to come.
For the blog post containing the FREE pattern and kit options, here are the links for you: