Happy Thanksgiving! It's the time to reflect on all that we are grateful to have in our lives. Whether it's the big things like your family, friends, pets, health and occupation or the small things like a good cup of coffee and early holiday decorating, taking a moment to appreciate what you have is important. This is especially true in times like these. So to all our quilters, thank you. Without you, we wouldn't have the beauty of a good quilt or the excitement of a new die. Today, we want to share a favorite tutorial of ours that captures the sentiment of the season.
Hey friends, welcome to AccuQuilt! Terri here from Lizard Creek Quilting and I am super excited to share this fall pillow tutorial using one of the newest dies, the GO! Classic 2" Alphabet Uppercase Set (55559). Today, I'm going to show you how to create a pillow perfect for your home's fall décor. Even better, it's a great way to stash bust, too.
Combining wool with AccuQuilt appliqué dies is definitely in the top five of my happy sewing places. In fact, I wrote this post on my blog where I used the GO! Fall Medley die (55041) and wool to create a table topper. You will notice some familiar wool prints if you do–like I said, this can help with stash busting. So come along with me and let's see if this combo makes you happy too!
- GO! 12" Mix & Match Qube (55778)
- Shape 1: GO! Square 6 ½" (6" Finished)
- Shape 2: GO! Square 3 ½" (3" Finished)
- GO! Rustling Leaves #3 (55391)
- GO! Rustling Leaves #4 (55392)
- GO! Classic 2" Alphabet Uppercase Set (55559)
- GO! Circle (55484)
- GO! Strip Cutter 2½" (2" Finished) Strip Die (55014 or 55017)
Now that you have your dies collected, let's move on to the supplies.
- ⅝ yard of Tan #1
- ⅜ yard of Tan #2
- ⅜ yard of Gray
- ¼ yard of Black
- 26" x 26" piece of muslin for pillow top backing
- Pillow backing per your choice of finishing
- 7 or more 5½" x 5½" squares of hand dyed wool–I purchased mine from Prairie Woolens.
- 20" x 18" fusible web–I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 from The Warm Company
- 26" x 26" piece of batting–I used Warm & White from The Warm Company
- 24" pillow form
I like to die cut my geometric shapes and piece the pillow front first. Then I will die cut the appliqué shapes to arrange on the pillow front. So, let's get started.
Cutting Geometric Shapes:
- 3 strips, 4" x width of fabric (WOF). Use Shape #2 to cut (24) 3" finished squares.
- 1 strip, 7" x WOF. Use Shape #1 to cut (4) 6" finished squares
- 3 strips, 4" x WOF. Use Shape #2 to cut (24) 3" finished squares.
- 3 strips, 2½" x WOF. Use the GO! Strip Cutter-2½" (2" Finished) die.
Piecing the Pillow Front:
Make 12 Four Patch units using the  Tan #1 and  Tan #2 (Shape 2–3" finished square) as shown. The Four Patch unit will measure 6½" unfinished.
Arrange the Four Patch units and the  Tan #1 (Shape 1–6" finished square) as shown into rows. Sew units into rows. Sew rows into pillow top.
Pillow top will measure 24½" x 24½".
Cutting Applique Shapes:
Prepare fabrics for appliqué by adhering fusible to wrong side of fabric per the fusible manufactures' instructions before die cutting shapes. Please note that fusible counts as half a layer, so only cut four layers of fused cotton fabric at one time. I like to use Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 because it has a sticky back on it once you peel off the paper backing that makes the appliqué shape kind of like a sticker! And let's be real here–who doesn't love a sticker?!
With my AccuQuilt GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter, I could run both GO! Rustling Leaves dies through at the same time! Super cool!
Cut an assortment of leaves using the GO! Rustling Leaves #3 and #4 dies. Since wool is a bit thicker than regular cotton fabric, I cut only one layer of wool backed with fusible web at a time for super sharp die cut shapes. Remember you can place the fabric squares either right side up or right side down for the mirror image of the shape.
Use the left over bits of fused wool to die cut an assortment of berries using the GO! Circle (55484) die. No piece of hand dyed wool will go to waste in my studio!
Make notes as to how many letters needed to spell out pillow sentiment. Use the GO! Classic 2" Uppercase Alphabet Set (55559) to die cut the letters.
Place fabric fusible side down over only the letters needed. Remember you can stack up to four fusible backed cotton fabric pieces over each letter.
Peel paper backing off appliqué shapes and arrange on pillow front as desired, then fuse into place per fusible manufacturers' directions. On my project, I stitched over the letter with a meandering stitch and around the edges of the leaves and berries while I quilted it.
Place muslin square wrong side up, place batting next, then place pillow top right side up. Baste layers together. Quilt as desired. Finish the pillow back with your favorite method. I used the envelope style as described in the GO! Trip Around the World pillow, a free AccuQuilt pattern I wrote.
Bind pillow with the gray 2½" strips.
Nestle your finished pillow with other throw pillows and ENJOY!
The best of times are always found when friends and family gather round.
So what do you think–do you love using wool and AccuQuilt appliqué dies too now?! I would love to see your finished project so be sure to share your project with us on social media. Tag me @lizardcreekquilting and @AccuQuilt on Instagram and always use hashtag #AccuQuilt so we can see them! Give us a follow while you're there and you'll be the first to know what we're making.
Until next time, peacefully quilting,