Hello my friends!
November is literally flying by.
My baby turns 7 this week. Seven years old. He's my baby, though. Isn't he? I think I blinked and those baby days were gone. :(
Seven + 30 years is the age I will be the day after his birthday. That doesn't seem right does it? It's amazing how the years fly by!
I have so much fun stuff in store this week and also next. I'll be sharing more about that tomorrow but how about a new Kerri Bradford Studio Share this lovely Monday?!!
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I pounced on the sewable interfacing when Heidi got it in at Simon Says Stamp. I picked up the sewing cutting blade too, not realizing that I really didn't need it. More about that in a minute. And I also picked up the 24" long cutting mat. Because, I am forever wanting to cut things that are BIG for home decor projects! And also, Simon has the lovely canvas dust covers to protect our Silhouette Cameo investments from dust (I mean, I know you guys are all like me and never have dust in your house, right? ;) But still, it's a great (and pretty!) way to make sure our die cutters stay nice for a long, long time!
So... the project:
The reindeer head in Kerri's Here Comes Santa Claus is one of my most favorite holiday shapes she's designed! I love the whimsical feel of it and because of the simplicity of the design (nice, clean lines) I new it would be a great shape to tackle for my first sewing/quilting/applique project!
To begin my pillow, I cut the center fabric to 14.5" square and set it aside.
Knowing that I wanted an 18" square finished pillow I opened the shapes I was using (reindeer & holly) and resized them in the Silhouette Software so that proportionally they would be the right size for the middle part of my pillow. This step required math...not my strongest subject. It also required a sketch or 2. To make it easier for those of you who are like me and are visual learners, I made this little diagram to show you the pieces of my pillow and the sizes I cut my fabric and patchwork border:
I forgot to note the size of the reindeer before I closed out my program. (One of those slap myself in the forehead moments!) I believe I sized him at about 13.75" tall. You can see that he almost reaches the top of that center part of the pillow.
For the reindeer applique:
I took some tan fabric, a couple of greens, a floral and a red and trimmed them down a bit larger than the shape I was cutting.
I cut the sewable interfacing slightly smaller than the fabric but large enough for the shape and ironed the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabrics. You want the interfacing to be a bit smaller than your fabric so that you don't end up with sticky residue on your ironing board cover (or your iron). I also used the sewable interfacing as opposed to the clean cut interfacing because I was reinforcing the bond with machine stitching and this pillow cover will require periodical washing. If you are making a project that doesn't need sewn or washed, go for the Clean Cut Interfacing instead!
Then, peel off the backing paper and place the fabric on a cutting mat, interfacing side down, fabric up and cut the shapes for the applique.
Now, here's my note about the Cameo Fabric Blade. Do you need the blade? NO. In fact, it is the same blade as the regular Cameo blade, the only difference being that it's blue. In fact, I forgot I had it and cut my shapes using a regular blade that's been in my machine for awhile. No problems cutting at all.However, if you foresee a lot of fabric projects in your future, you might pick a blue blade up simply to keep as your "fabric cutting blade". Just like with scissors or other cutting tools, paper dulls blades faster than fabric, thus maybe not giving you as nice of a cut. The blue makes it easy to remember, "this is my fabric cutting blade" and you can swap it out easy peasy for just fabric cutting. I have scissors and a rotary blade that are ONLY used for fabric and the blue blade falls into the same category in my craft room. But if you think you will only cut fabric once in awhile... don't worry about getting a specific blade. The regular one will work just fine!
Once all the shapes were cut, I ironed them onto my pillow and then machine stitched around each. I just straight stitched because I don't mind the slightly frayed edges for this particular project. :)
I opted to not die cut the eyes and replaced them with black buttons instead!
Now, I did applique first and quilt second. Dumb. This was a learning project for me. When I do this again, I will be piecing and quilting my pillow front first, then ironing and sewing the applique in place. It doesn't affect the finished project, it simply made the quilting a bit more difficult since I didn't want to quilt through my applique. Again, a slap myself in the forehead moment!
I pieced the border using scrap fabric from my scrap bin and also from cutting down the fabric for my die cut appliques. The binding is Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade Leaf Stripe for Moda and the back of the pillow is the red/white polkadot print from Bonnie & Camille's Vintage Modern fabric collection for Moda.
SUPPLIES used (and mentioned) in my post above:
Fabrics Used (links if possible):
- Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda (Red/White Polkadot on back)
- Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade Leaf Stripe for Moda (green/white stripe)
- Fig Tree Quilts for Moda: random collections (red/white floral pillow center, green/red/cream, tan)
- Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda (red/white scallop, tiny green/white polkadot)
- Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda (red/cream polkadot)
- Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater for Moda (white on white numbers)
- American Jane for Moda (Red with white pin dot, green with white pin dot)
- green plaid (I have no idea, it was in the scrap bin!)
- Michael Miller (tan plaid)
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I will pick 1 lucky name from the comments left and contact the winner on Friday afternoon!
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