Family Pillow

We posted the “Celebrate Your Family” wall hanging pattern last week and received so many positive responses!  Thank you!

I made a practice panel before I published the pattern.  As I finished working on my “Family” practice panel, I realized I needed to tweak a few things for the final pattern.  What to do with the practice panel?  I decided to make a pillow!

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I had about a 1/2 yard of black and white print in my stash which was just the right amount to make a 4 inch outer border.  I like how the pink tones really pop with the solid black inner border.

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I quilted the front of the pillow with straight line stitches and finished it with an envelope back.  I had to make my own pillow form because the pillow cover is longer than a standard pillow form.

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I’m going to drop this in the mail to mom tomorrow.  I think she might use it as a throw pillow on her bed as it matches her pink, black and white lonestar quilt.  I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of her family pillow!

Free Pattern to Celebrate Your Family

Every family has its quirky side — why not honor that uniqueness with a thoroughly modern quilt banner?

Sew up this quilt quickly and take it to display at this year’s summer family reunion. It could make you the most popular person in attendance.  Sandy and I will be rock stars at our family reunion next month!

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We wanted something bright, modern and of course quilted!  Pinwheels are a favorite of ours so we decided to play around with pinwheel layouts.  The pink and white blocks evolved and well, we love the results!

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We used scraps we had on hand.  We just selected a few coordinating scrap colors and used the hot pink for accents.  You can download this pattern by clicking on the link below:

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I (Cindy) learned a new technique while finishing this quilt.  I watched several on line tutorials about how to add a quilt binding at a 45 degree angle (instead of at the usual 90 degrees).  My favorite tutorial is by Marci Baker and you can link to it here.  Marci does a nice job of showing the step by step process of adding quilt bindings at different angles.

While I was attaching this binding, I had my laptop right next to my sewing machine.  I would  watch, sew, pause, watch, sew and pause until I had this binding sewn on just right.  Full disclosure–my seam ripper got a real work out that day!

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We will also be posting this pattern to FaveQuilts.com as this is our “GO TO” site for free quilt patterns.  You will be sure to find many quilt designs, no matter what your quilting style!  Give it a try for lots of summer quilting inspiration!

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Be sure to send us pics of your “FAMILY”!

Yes, I Reached A Decision!

In my June 1 post, I asked for your opinions about a quilt binding color.  I really appreciate all your comments because they helped me stay focused and motivated to finish this quilt.

Following Bev’s advice, I took the quilt with me to the fabric store AND reached a decision!

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Black was the ideal color to frame the quilt and to highlight the fabrics, especially the floral prints.  I used my machine to tack down the binding and am very happy with the results.

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Speaking of florals, I just have to share one of my favorite coleus plants with you this morning.  I am in love with this lime green and dark purple combination and of course the ruffled leaves!

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Happy Monday!