Let me tell you, I have met some amazing women in the crafty blog community. It’s a type of pen pal that is fast and informative. We share stories, techniques and insights. Give pats on the back and virtual hugs.
Rachael is one of the best people I have met. Supportive and caring she encourages us all to keep at it.
That being said, she came to me with this idea and I was, needless to say, super excited. Her one guest post turned into an entire weekend of quilting fun! This is a great weekend project and when I get back, I am totally doing this!! Yes, folks, I get to go on a vacation! A couples only vacation! WHAT!!!!!!! I know, super excited ( can you tell by all the exclamation points??)
hi, Casa Crafty friends! Kelley is off for a fun (and kid-free!) weekend, so i thought i’d come hang out here in her place… my name is Rachael and i’ll be here all weekend 🙂 i normally blog over at imagine gnats, so feel free to stop by other there if you’d like to learn more about me.
so what will we do all weekend without Kelley around? we’re going to make something, folks!! i know that many of you out there may have been thinking about quilting… and perhaps you’re feeling a bit daunted. i mean, a quilt is really big, right?
well, i’m here to tell you that once you get started with a few quilty techniques, you’ll be hooked. to prove it to you, i’ll be sharing a two part tutorial for how to make your very own quilted half-square triangle pillow cover over the next two days. because why start with something massive, right? it’s expensive, it takes a lot of time, it takes over your life and your storage space 😉 a 16″ pillow cover is much more manageable and affordable… in fact, this pillow cover will only take two fat quarters and chances are you have a pillow hanging around the house that you can re-use. and this, my friends, just may be your gateway quilting project. i mean, i am giving you your first try for free, right? go ahead, call me a quilt-pusher. i’m ok with that 😉
so, what will you need, you ask? well, here are the basics:
two fat quarters of quilting weight cotton
your machine, thread, pins, scissors, and normal sewing supplies
a rotary cutter
quilting ruler(s). i will be using two in this tutorial series: one measuring 3x 18″ and a 6″square
16″ square piece of Pellon Thermolam Plus or Fusible Fleece
16″ pillow form
the tutorial i’ll be sharing was inspired by two events i’m currently following in blogland: Fat Quarter Month on Sew, Mama, Sew! and the Feather Your Nest stitch-along on Stumbles & Stitches. for more ideas using fat quarters or inspiration for sprucing up your home, check out these great sites!
and here is what we’ll be making: