Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. Now, I just love taking pictures, and sometimes they even turn out really well! Here's one I took of happy little sunflowers. It always reminds me of nice and breezy summer days and when I first learned to how to make a quilt.
What a perfect inspiration for a quick little quilting tutorial to refresh your summer décor! So, here I'll be guiding you through a fun quilting tutorial for making a fun sunflower throw pillow.
For this quilting tutorial, I wanted to go scrappy – especially with the greens - to capture all those color variations that you see in the picture.
For the flower, the GO! Flower Power by Sarah Vedeler (55309) is just plain perfect! It includes 3 different sizes for the petals and a 4” diameter circle for the flower center. I used the largest size petal and it is just awesome! Loving it!!!
Size: 20” x 20”
AccuQuilt products you will need:
GO! BIG Electric Fabric Cutter (55500) or GO! Fabric Cutter (55100S) or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter (55600)
GO! Qube Mix and Match 8” Block (55776)
GO! Flower Power by Sarah Vedeler (55309)
24” square batting
Fusible Web of your choice for the 8 petals and the flower center.
Threads for Applique and Machine Quilting and Piecing.
Additional Cutting Directions
From the Lining Fabric,
Cut a 24” square.
From the Backing Fabric,
Cut two 20 1/2” x 28” rectangles.
Piecing the Pillow Front
A design wall would really help here. Layout the Green squares and triangles according to the design.
Now squint at your design or take a quick picture. Does the layout look good and harmonious? If not, switch fabric placement around and maybe even cut more squares and triangles until it looks good to you!
Here's my first attempt - too much contrast and some of the colors are too olive!
Once the layout works, you can start sewing the pieces together, starting with the triangle pairs. Press towards the darker triangle.
Then, sew the squares together within each row together.
Sew rows together to complete the pillow front.
I wanted the flower to be a little fun and three dimensional. So, I sandwiched some fusible web in between two rectangular yellow fabrics, right sides out, and fused it together. Then, I cut out a petal from this fused rectangle.
Make 2 petals from each of four fabrics for a total of 8 petals. When cutting the petals out, layer a maximum of two pieces on the die to cut. Remember that each piece consists of 2 fabrics and 1 fusible layer so it is already quite a bit thicker than a single layer of fabric.
Note that you can use the same technique to prepare the center circle from the brown fabric.
The petal is automatically two-sided and you just need to stitch the raw edges for a nicer finished edge. The only part of the petal that does not need to be stitched is the straight edge as this edge will be hidden under the flower center.
Use a small zigzag stitch with matching or slightly darker yellow thread to finish the edges of all the petals.
Make more petals if you wish and just overlap them to create a fuller flower.
Putting It All Together
On your design wall, place the pieced pillow front. Then, in the center, place the petals with the brown circle covering the ends of all of the petals. When you are satisfied with the placement, pin all the applique pieces in place.
With brown thread, applique the center circle onto the background, making sure to catch the ends of all the petals.
Quilting the Pillow Front
Layer the pillow front on top of the batting and the lining. Baste the layers together for quilting.
The first thing I did was to stitch right next to the flower center circle with the same brown thread I used to applique the circle.
Then, with yellow thread, tack the tip of each petal down onto the background. I echo-quilted a line around the petals and did a simple meander on the rest of the pillow front. Baste 1/8” away from the edges of the pillow front and trim excess batting and lining off.
Preparing the Pillow Backing
I luckily found this yard of fabric in my stash. Just perfect for the pillow backing!
After cutting the 2 backing rectangles, fold each one in half to measure about 20 1/2” x 14.” Press folded edge and baste 1/8” away from the raw edges. Topstitch along the folded edge if desired.
Place backing rectangles on top of the pillow front, matching raw edges. Note that the folded edges of the backing rectangles will simply overlap, creating an easy finished opening.
Finishing the Pillow
When a throw pillow is filled with a pillow form, the corners tend to peak out. So, to avoid super-peaky corners, I drew angled lines starting at about 8” from the corners going into the corners at about 3/4”. Stitch the backing and pillow front together with a 1/4” seam allowance. Then, stitch the angled lines as they go into the corners.
Turn the pillow inside out. Aren't those fluffy 3-D petals fun!? And, can you see how the corners angle in now?
Insert a 20” square pillow form and it is done! So fun and quick, I may have to go and make a second one! I'm so glad I learned how to make a quilt.