“Hi there, I’m Lee from Freshly Pieced. I’m so excited to be guest blogging for Fat Quarterly today?thank you, Kate, for asking me to be a part of this. I’ve got a fun project today for all of you who are trying to beat the winter blahs (I know I am). So how about a pillow with a cheerful, wonky sun? It whips up quickly and easily with a wedge ruler – no paper-piecing or curved piecing required!
Sunshine Pillow: Trying to beat the winter blahs? How about a pillow with a cheerful, wonky little sun? It whips up quickly and easily with a wedge ruler?no paper-piecing required!
You will need:
- a 30-degree wedge ruler, such as the Fat Cats ruler by Darlene Zimmerman
- bright-colored scraps for sun rays and center
- approx. 1/2 yard of light blue solid for background
- approx. 1/8 yard of orange print for border
- 1/2 yard for pillow back
- 18″ pillow form
1. From your bright scraps,
cut 12 strips
, about 2″ x 6″. No need to be exact?wonkiness is good here! These will be the rays of your sun, so cut them a little wider on top, narrower on the bottom. From your solid blue background fabric, cut 14 strips, 3″ x 6″.
2. Sew the strips together into one long piece, alternating between the light blue solid and the bright scrappy strips. Start and end with a light blue strip. Be sure to alternate the direction of the rays as you sew, so the narrow end is on top, then on the bottom, then on the top, and so on (see photo above). But don’t worry about the order of your rays, or whether the finished piece is straight, none of that will matter in the next step!
7. Sew your wedges together into a circle measuring a little more than 20″ across. I sewed the wedges together in groups of three, creating quarter-circles, then sewed the quarters together. Press your seams out.
9. Cut a 4″ circle from your remaining scraps, and applique it on for the sun’s center. There are many ways you could applique your center – I used the method described in this tutorial (http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?
10. Cut four 2.5″ strips at least 18″ long from your orange border print. Sew a strip onto each side of your sun block.
9. You now have a completed pillow top. I hand-quilted mine using white Perle cotton. I used this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew (http://www.cluckclucksew.com/
That’s it – enjoy it until the real sun comes out again!”