Monday, June 20, 2011

AccuStars and Stripes Pillow for the 4th of July!

UPDATE 5 July 11!!  Winners below!!!

When my blogging buddy Madame Samm asked me to post on her blog, I was just thrilled and came up with a pillow kit and complete tutorial just for Sew WE Quilt @ Stash Manicure followers.  I hope you're going to love it!

I will be giving away two of these AccuStars and Stripes Pillow kits (int'l. addresses welcome) to two lucky winners on July 4th, 2011!  Show me the love by giving me a follow and commenting about your favorite summer activity to do with your family on my newly re-designed blog at http://www.rocknquilts.blogspot.com .

Since this is Stash Manicure, I raided my stash when designing this pillow!  If you win one of the two newly designed AccuStars and Stripes Pillow kits in our give-away, you will receive the fabric, cording and instructions, along with your choice of monogram in gold, metallic Madeira embroidery thread!

AccuStars and Stripes Pillow for the Fourth of July
...an original design created by Mary Ann @ RocknQuilts

I set up my AccuQuilt cutter and picked out fabrics from my stash on hand:  gold, blue with stars and red with stars.  I had to go to the local quilt shop (where I work) to pick up the white striped material and cording, sew that must mean I need to do more shopping for my stash, right guys & gals?!?  

I just bought this AccuQuilt star die for my AccuQuilt Go! cutter and have been 'dying' to try it out! heehee 
Since Independence Day for the USA is coming up on July 4th, I decided to create a decorative 12"x12" pillow using this die to commemorate the event.

I always highlight my AccuQuilt dies with permanent marker sew I can see them easily.  Do you also do that?

I put two layers of gold fabric through the cutter (the kits in my give-away will include the pre-cut stars!)
and then....

using fabric glue, I chose a pleasing placement for my six AccuStars - five on the blue and one on the red.
(What's your favorite fabric glue to use?)

My Brother 4000D embroidery machine does 60 degree angles (your kit will include this already prepared for you!  Just let me know what three initials you prefer!)
and I increased the density so the metallic gold thread really 'pops'.

Now cut-away the excess stabilizer from behind the machine embroidered "USA"
(this will already be done for you two lucky kit winners!)

I chose a blanket stitch with metallic Madeira embroidery thread in the top and Madeira white embroidery bobbin thread in the bobbin.  

After several stops & turns, I sprayed with Mary Ellen's Best Press starch - I LOVE this starch because it never leaves behind flakes and because it relaxes the fabric and takes away puckers.
Along with my German-made Rowenta iron, my pillow is ready to put together now!

I've chosen a straight stitch middle with J foot for my Brother Innovis 4000D embroidery machine

After cutting out two 11" squares of muslin (included in my kit give-away!), I sewed around all corners and left a six inch opening on one side sew I can stuff with fluff!

Clipping the corners will make for clean edges after turning.

Stuff the fluff!  
(No fluff provided in the kits, so hopefully you have some in your stash!)

Now our front, back and muslin form are ready for the white, striped cording.

This is my wonder machine - the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0!  LOVE my QE4!!


I've measured around each side of my 12" block and cut a 3" strip of white striped fabric for my rather enormous, snazzy-lookin' 1 1/2" cording which I cut to 53" to give me enough to go around each corner.  

Rather nautical, isn't it?
(To keep cording from unraveling, be sure to keep the ends taped.)

After sewing my cord binding together, I snip and press my now one piece of binding.

Almost exactly on!
This is why I've chosen the name "RocknQuilts" for my blog - I like my stuff to 'rock'!

This sticky note is to display how the fabric will eventually encase the cording.

Here we go!

(For best results, snip twice around corners.  They will be rounded with such thick cording.)

Pinning works best, but remember to stop and not run over them.  Make sure the cording is sewn down onto the wrong right side of the fabric (learned this the 'hard' way - definitely was not a 'rocking' moment, but learning moments are good, too!)

(Switch to the zipper foot attachment so you can get as close to the cord as possible and use a left straight stitch if your machine has that available.)

Here's the little Brother Ltd. Ed. Project Runway 2000 we'll be using in the quilt shop where I work for next week's Kids Kamp.  Please visit here for an extremely cute chalkboard tote tute I created just for my class
and for YOU - the readers of Sew WE Quilt @ Stash Manicure:

To join the cord ends, fold over the left end to create a "sleeve" and 'stuff' the right, open end into it.  You will be sewing over this opening next.

Right sides together :-)

(Blind zipper foot attached.)

Sometimes I don't pin, but with this thick cording, I highly recommend it!

When finished sewing, clip the corners and turn right-side-out!  Almost done!!

Stuff your pillow form into the opening and hand-sew it shut, then...


Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans!
Happy Canada Day to all those Canadian buddies out there!
happiness to all from all lands!!

If you win one of the two AccuStar Pillow kits and are from outside the USA, please let me know how you would like your pillow monogrammed with three letters in gold thread.

As my 'thank you' for reading along, I would like to tell you that besides the two pillow kits I'm giving away from RocknQuilts at http://www.rocknquilts.blogspot.com
one of the two winners will also receive.....

Now, how can you win?!?  

1.  Please leave a comment here for Madame Samm  and be a follower if you are not already. This blog is great for  reading  posts from sewists and quilters across blogland!!

2.  Follow Mary Ann at her newly re-designed blog.

3.  Finally, please leave a comment at http://www.rocknquilts.blogspot.com about which summer holiday you love best and tell us a bit about how you celebrate it!

4.  And, for an extra chance, create a new post on your blog about this give-away, then come back to Mary Ann's blog and leave a comment about it with the link to your blog post!

Good luck to all!  

**If you don't win and really want to create this pillow, then what?!?  No fear - don't worry - that's not a problem!  Please contact me via my blog and I will be happy to create an AccuStars and Stripes Pillow kit just for you, including your own personalized three-letter monogram in gold, metallic thread for only $20 USD plus postage.  I am a PayPal certified blogger.**


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  1. am a follower of Mary Ann's wonderful blog

  2. i am a follower of MaryAnn's blog too!

  3. I am a follower of MaryAnn's blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Good Morning Mary Ann, a timely tutorial as July is just around the corner. Your giveaway is very generous, and anyone who does win, will no doubt be a STAR. And my very fav summer activity would be without a doubt, camping in a tent. Yes for me, this brings back so many childhood memories of gazing at the stars at night.

  5. I follow Mary Ann at Rock 'n Quilts.

  6. I'm a follower and love stars! So this giveaway is perfect for me! Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Great tutorial - thanks!
    I'm a follower!

  8. Se of the accuquilt stars! I'm a follower!

  9. i found you by an quilter in Sweden. Great thing yuo have found hugs märit

  10. I follow your blog, thaks for the chacne, and thanks for this tutorial!

  11. I also follow Mary Anns blog

  12. I left my comment on my fav holiday in her blog too

  13. I have been a follower for a long time. The pillow is really cute. I don't have an AccuQuilt so you doing the cutting would be great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Favorite low-ket activity - being outside on the patio in the evening at twilight time and watching the lighting bugs come alive across the landscape. Magic - another is watching the sprinklers water with the sun shining through, it looks like diamonds.

  16. Okay - lets try "low-Key" activity and put some July 4th fireworks in all so. Sorry 'bout that.

  17. Well I don't have a fabu machine that will write out USA for me, I think I might manage it in some other way. What a wonderful looking pillow. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I do follow Mary-Ann at her blog

  19. Madame Samm in a tent on the ground with no coffee maker? The idea makes me smile! :-)

  20. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

  21. I am a happy follower of the Stash Manicure and would love a chance to play with this new star die.

  22. What a fun project, and a great post - nice clear pictures and instructions! Thanks for the chance to win! (I follow Stash Manicure!)
    Jacque in SC

  23. Cute patriotic pillow! I'm a follower!

  24. Hi, Mary Ann! I am already a follower of Madame Samm's blog.

  25. I am also a follower on your blog!

  26. I am a follower on stash manicure.

  27. I am now a follower of Mary Ann at Rock 'n Quilts.

  28. I follow Mary Ann's blog and would love to win.

  29. Fabulous project!!!! I love the piping! "USA" works great on it too.

    I am a follower.

  30. I'm already a follower of this wonderful blog!! Thanks so much for the tut and the awesome giveaway.

  31. New follower over on Rockin Quilts. Great Blog!

  32. That embroidery project on Rockinquilts is amazing! I left a comment there too.

  33. Great project! DD's been into making throw pillows lately this will give her more ideas on how to embellish them!

  34. Following over at RockNQuilts

  35. Posted a comment over at RockNQuilts

  36. Such a fun pillow! I think changing out pillows for the holidays/seasons is a great way to change things up around the house.

    (I'm a follower here)

  37. What a wonderful tutorial, thank you so much. And I can tell the "star" die will be on my future to purchase list!

  38. What a neat pillow! I love stars and stripes. I'm a follower here at Stash Manicure

  39. I'm also now a follower at Rockn Quilts. Thank you for the opportunity to enter to win your giveaway!!

  40. Great tutorial and perfect for the 4th of July!

  41. I am a follower of MaryAnn's blog.

  42. I love corded pillows and the stars pillow was just great.

  43. Nice pillow. Thanks for the tutorial and chance to win. Of course I'm a follower.


  45. I am a follower and what a great tutorial and so fits in with the US Fourth of July.

  46. How lovely...very nice tutorial...thank you!

  47. I'm now following Rocknquilts! Great tutorials! Thanks

  48. I follow stashmanicure and really enjoyed this tutorial. I want your sewing machine instead of mine! USA all the way

  49. I'm already a follower and I really enjoyed your tutorial.

  50. I now follow Mary Ann's blog.

  51. I am a follower - love the pillow!

  52. I am a current follower, thank you!

  53. Im already followering Mary Ann too!

  54. I'm a follower and would love to win the die!

  55. Great post. Thank you for sharing this blog. Keep posting more.

  56. Great post. Thank you for sharing this blog. Keep posting more.


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