Let’s Build a Birdhouse Machine Appliqué Pillow

May 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Belinda Karls-Nace

Greetings fellow quilters, sewists, and AccuQuilt enthusiasts - it's me, Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs and the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog, stopping by for my latest guest post. I am back today to share another one of my AccuQuilt pattern creations featuring the GO! Qube – my “Let’s Build a Birdhouse” machine appliqué pillow.

 

Let's Build A Birdhouse - A Blue Ribbon Designs Tutorial

Let’s Build a Birdhouse – Machine Appliqué Pillow
Finished size 15" x 15"

Supplies:
GO! Fabric Cutter (55100S, 55600, 55500)

GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block (55776)
(Dies used: #1 – 4” Square, #4 – 4" Quarter Square Triangle, #7 – Parallelogram 45֯,
and the #8 Rectangle)

GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177)

 

Today, I will show you how to build a birdhouse with four dies from your GO! Qube and how to embellish it with the GO! Simple Shapes die by Edyta Sitar. This colorful machine appliqué pillow is quick and easy to create and is the perfect addition for spring/summer decor.

Once you build your birdhouse, you can add your favorite flowers, plants, and outdoor life – I chose birds and yellow daisy-style flowers, but feel free to make this project your own! I used a linen base for my appliqué, so I chose to use fusible fleece to stabilize my fabric before appliqué stitching – batting would work well too (especially if you are using a cotton quilting fabric). I should also mention, I used a standard envelope back on my pillow – use your favorite finishing style. So go pick out some fun, summery fabrics and let’s get started…

Let’s Build a Birdhouse – Machine Appliqué Pillow
Finished Size: 15” W x 15” H

GO! Fabric Cutter:
GO! Fabric Cutter (55100S) or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter (55600) or GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter (55500)

GO! Cutting Dies:
GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block (55776)
GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177)
Materials Needed:
Red Batik — Scrap
Yellow Batik — Fat Eighth
Multi-Color Green Batik — Fat Eighth
Green Batik — Fat Eighth
Light Brown Batik — Scrap
Medium Brown Batik — Scrap
Dark Brown Batik — Fat Eighth

Neutral Linen Fabric (or cotton quilting fabric) for appliqué base — 15½” x 15½”
Fusible Web — ½ Yard
Fusible Fleece (or batting) — 15½” x 15½”
Muslin — 15½” x 15½”
Backing fabric — ½ Yard (sub cut: 1—15½” x 15½” and 1—21½” x 15½”)
16” Pillow Insert
Cutting Instructions:
NOTE: Apply fusible web to the wrong side of the asterisked fabrics following manufacturer’s instructions before cutting appliqué shapes.

Red Batik Fabric:
*2 — Bird breast/tail: GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177) (one fabric right side up, one fabric wrong side up)

Yellow Batik Fabric:
*16 — 2¾” Leafs (medium leaf on die board): GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177)

Multi-Color Green Batik Fabric:
*1 — Shape 1: GO! Square 4½” (4” Finished) (55708)
*1 — Shape 4: GO! Quarter Square Triangle (QST) 4” Finished Square) (55711)

Green Batik Fabric:
*2 — Stems 1"W x 10"H: GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177)
*4 — 4¾” Leafs (large leaf on die board): GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177)
Light Brown Batik Fabric:
*2 — Bird head/wing: GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177) (one fabric right side up, one fabric wrong side up)

Medium Brown Batik Fabric:
*2 — Bird breast/tail: GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177) (one fabric right side up, one fabric wrong side up – trim both to tail only)
*2 — 1” Circles: GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177)

Dark Brown Batik Fabric:
*2 — Shape 7: GO! Parallelogram 45֯ (55714) (one fabric right side up, one fabric wrong side up)
*1 — Shape 8: GO! Rectangle 2” x 4” Finished (55715)
*1 — 1¾” Circle: GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177)

Assembly:

  1. Fuse the 15½” x 15½” Neutral Linen Fabric to the 15½” x 15½” piece of fusible fleece.
  2. Sub cut one dark brown batik rectangle (shape 8) and two dark brown batik parallelograms (shape 7) as shown in the diagram below.

 

Let's Build A Birdhouse - A Blue Ribbon Designs Tutorial


  1. Lay out all the appliqué shapes on the linen base, using the diagram below as a guide.

 

Let's Build A Birdhouse - A Blue Ribbon Designs Tutorial


  1. Once you are happy with your layout, fuse all pieces in place. Place the 15½” x 15½” piece of muslin under the fusible fleece and machine appliqué all shapes (I used a blanket stitch). Use your favorite method for the bird eyes – I hand stitched French Knots using coordinating sewing thread.

 

Let's Build A Birdhouse - A Blue Ribbon Designs Tutorial


  1. Add any additional quilting, as you desire. I added veins to each flower leaf.

 

Let's Build A Birdhouse - A Blue Ribbon Designs Tutorial


  1. Fold and press one pillow backing fabric piece (15½” x 15½”) in half, making a sharp crease (this pack piece should now measure 7¾” x 15½”). Repeat for second piece of backing fabric (21½” x 15½”), which will measure 10¾” x 15½”.
  2. With the pillow top face down (wrong side up), place the two pillow back pieces on top, matching all raw edges. The folds will overlap in the center of the pillow top - wrong sides together, right sides facing out. Pin backing pieces in place.
  3. Sew all around all four sides of the pillow unit with a ¼” seam allowance.
  4. Trim corners. Turn right side out and insert 16” pillow form.

 

Let's Build A Birdhouse - A Blue Ribbon Designs Tutorial

 

Your “Let’s Build a Birdhouse” pillow is now complete – be sure to admire your work, then find the perfect place to display and enjoy. I hope you are inspired by this month’s Blue Ribbon tutorial and it gets you excited to spend some time with your AccuQuilt Fabric Cutter and your sewing machine!

Please feel free to stop by my blog, website, or social media pages and share your completed “Let’s Build a Birdhouse” project with me…I always enjoy meeting fellow quilters and sewists…and I am happy to answer any questions regarding my AccuQuilt friendly tutorial!

 

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