Last week, I began designing a southwest themed pillow. This week, I'm starting to put it together! By the time I'm done, I'll have two different pillows - I'm calling the pillow I'm working on this week pillow A.
*3/4 yard background material - includes material for pillow B
*fat quarters or fabric scraps
*18 inch square pillow form
*patterns found here
So when I finished with last week's blog post, I was on my way to the fabric store to buy a few colors I needed but amazingly did not have. While I was there, I found a lighter blue I decided would be better for the background. I like to use solid, but not quite solid colors for backgrounds - this one has a lighter shade splotched through it.
1. Print out the patterns and cut them out. Turn them over and trace each shape onto Steam-A-Seam 2. Separate the pieces.
2. Iron each piece onto the back of its fabric. Cut each piece out.
3. Cut a 19 x 19 inch piece of background fabric. Peel the paper off each piece and begin arranging on your background. Further down, I have a guide for where to put the mountain and rock pieces.
4. When I finished sticking the pieces in their places, this is what I had:
5. I purposely didn't put any ground or background in, thinking that I wanted it to look a little "floaty." I was wrong! I didn't like that big, empty space, so I added in the suggestion of mountains.
6. Much better! Iron the applique pieces onto the fabric and finish the edges. I used blanket stitch embroidery on my edges to give it a folk art look, but if that's not your thing you could use your machine and a short, tight zigzag stitch like I did in this project.
I also added stripes on the body of the cactus, using an outline stitch.
And here's the guide for placing the mountain and rock pieces:
Next week, I'll show you what I did with my second design, and the week after that we'll put them together into pillows.
Happy Creating! Deborah