Hi there! I'm so happy to be here at Sew We Quilt/Stash Manicure for the very first time! I'm AnneMarie of Gen X Quilters and I've worked up a little pillow to add to the cute love and romance of Valentine's Day...
I did mention I love RED?? The brilliance and energy of reds call to me every time. So the pinks and reds of Valentine's Day are right up my alley. And guess what? I just so happened to have this charm pack (Flirtations by Sandy Gervais) in my stash from a couple years ago. It makes up into such a cute little pillow to throw out during the month of February.
There is some simple patchwork to do before adding the PiZazZ..... and the pizazz is a little embroidery! This is a fun trend I've really gotten into lately. I received the book Doodle Stitching for Christmas. It's made me get out my pen and paper to do some drawing again. What fun! Sometimes the actual sewing part is so soothing to just sit down on the couch in the evening and hand stitch a little embroidery. If you haven't tried it, give it shot! It's sooooo relaxing...
Wormy Love Embroidered Pillow
1 charm pack
1 8.5" x 8.5" square of coordinating solid (I used Kona Pale Flesh)
3 coordinating embroidery floss (brown, red, pink)
1. Select 16 charms to be part of the pillow top. I pulled out 4 of those 16 on the left, all of them light in value. These 'light' charms will be used to flank the cornerstones.
2. Cut your fabrics as follows:
-solid should be cut to 8.5" x 8.5".
-each of the 4 light charm squares should be cut into 2 - 1.75" x 3.25" strips (8 total)
-the remaining 12 charms should be cut into 3.25" x 3.25" squares
3. Arrange your cut squares and strips as shown below to make a frame around the solid 8.5" square. I used the darkest charms as the cornerstones, the light 1.75" x 3.25" strips flanking either side of the cornerstones, and then the medium valued charms in the middle. But you can lay them out however you like!
4. Sew the 4 strips used in the top row together and press. Repeat for the bottom row. Then sew the left and right columns together and press (the cornerstones are included in the side columns). Use a 1/4" seam allowance for all seams.
5. Next sew the top row to one side of the 8.5" square. Sew the bottom row to the opposing side of the 8.5" square. Again, use 1/4" seams throughout and press seams toward the border.
6. To finish the pillow top, first sew the left side strip to the left side of the 8.5" square. Sew the right side strip to the opposing side of the 8.5" square. Use 1/4" seams throughout and press toward the border. There we go!
7. Now you are ready to embroider! You may print off the embroidery pattern here.
I trimmed the 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper down to an 8.5" square to help me center the design on the solid square in the middle of the pillow top.
8. There are several ways to transfer the designs to the fabric. I use an iron-on transfer pencil to trace the design on the wrong side of the paper. It helps to hold the sheet of paper up to the window when tracing.
9. Next center the sheet of paper with the design tracing side down onto the right side of the fabric. Apply a warm iron.
10. Remove the paper and make sure the design has transferred in all places. Repeat the ironing step if needed.
11. Use the picture below as a color reference for your embroidery. This design is very simple and I only used the back stitch and the french knot.
12. Select another 9 charm squares for the pillow back. The back of the pillow will be one large 9-patch block. Lay them out in a color arrangement you like.
13. Using 1/4" seam allowance, sew three horizontal rows of squares. Press seams towards the darker fabric. Join the rows to finish the pillow back.
15. Turn the pillow right sides out and stuff. Close the 3" opening using a hidden stitch. Ta-dah! All done!
Wormy Love Pillow Back
Wormy Love Pillow Front
13.5" square pillow
Thanks so much for having me Madame Samm and I'd love to see it if you decide to make this little pillow! Stay warm!
**A Question showing up in the comments below asks what kind of iron-on pencil I use... I use a Dritz iron-on pencil from Joann's. I have not tried any of the markers... I would definitely suggest a test piece to make sure the markings will come out or fade before using on the real thing. Hope this helps!**