Friday, October 07, 2016

A Marshmallow World - Fabric Frenzy Friday!!

Welcome to my blog quilty friends!

It is Friday, which means that it is time for another Fabric Frenzy Friday over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio!  This Friday's bundle is called A Marshmallow World, an absolutely adorable vintage collection of fabrics that you will love!  I love vintage and I love Christmas so this bundle was perfect for me!!  You, too, will fall in love with these perfect Christmas reds and greens and the sweet snow scene prints.  Grab a bundle and join in the fun!

All tied up with a cute red bow, I just about squealed when this bundle arrived in my mailbox!  

Before I had even seen the photo of this bundle, I already knew what I wanted to create!  If you recall, I did a really fun tutorial in September for the Chills and Thrills Halloween Village Pillow Cover.  Not long after, I had decided that it would be fun to create another pillow cover for this long 14" x 28" pillow form.  How cool would it be to have a fun pillow cover for all the holidays!  It is a lesson common pillow shape, and I love to make good use of things!

May I introduce you to..... the Marshmallow World Ribbon Candy Pillow Cover!

I love the challenge of seeing what I can create with just the fabrics in the bundle sent to me.  These 8 fat quarters are more than enough for the entire pillow cover top (minus batting and lining), envelope pillow back, and a scrappy binding!

While looking through a book of hundreds of quilt blocks I came across a block called Morning Star and I patterned this block after it.  I made some changes and came up with the cutting instructions so you could easily make these beautiful 12" blocks.

Once again, I have included lots of photos below in the tutorial.  If you are not in the mood for a pillow cover, this can always be made into a mini quilt/table topper.  It could even be extended into a lovely table runner by ordering the larger bundle of fabric! 

Fabrics Used (all from Fort Worth Fabric Studio) and Supplies:

* 1 A Marshmallow World Fabric Bundle (8 fat quarters)
* 1 - 14" x 28" pillow form 
* 1 - approx. 16" x 30" piece of batting
* 1 - approx. 16" x 30" piece of inexpensive white muslin (to line pillow top, if desired)

So unwrap your festive, vintage bundle and lets start cutting!

I sorted the fat quarters into two groupings, one for each block.

Cutting Instructions:

Red Fabrics - from each cut the following:

4 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
4 - 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
4 - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
8 - 2 1/2" squares

Green Fabrics - from each cut the following:

12 - 2 1/2" squares

Background Fabrics - from each cut the following:

1 - 4 1/2" square (fussy cut this square for the center of each block)
4 - 3 1/2" squares
4 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
2 - 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips
2 - 1 1/2" x 14 1/2" strips

Envelope Pillow Backing Fabrics (red check and white snowflake prints) - from each cut the following:

1 - 14.5" x 18.5" rectangle

Scrappy Binding (from the remainder of reds and greens):   cut a total of at least 90" of binding strips in your preferred width (I cut my binding strips 2 1/4" wide)

OK!  Let's work on these two beautiful blocks!  They are fun and easy.

First, take ALL of your red and green 2 1/2" squares and draw diagonal lines on the wrong side of the fabrics.  These will be used for the flying geese and the corners.

Next, I really like to lay out the pieces to each block on a design board or nearby tabletop so that I can work through each block in a methodical and organized fashion.  It really helps me keep things straight.  Referring to the photos and my drawing, you can lay out each block as follows. 

As you are laying things out, pay attention to the direction of the snow scene prints.  I have them laid out all in one direction in this photo, but for my final design I changed it up. (I just took this photo before I made my final decision.)  It is really up to you how you would like the prints to face.

First, I pieced the four corners of each block.  Using four green squares and the four 3 1/2" background squares, I layered them and sewed on the drawn line.

 Using scissors, trim excess, leaving an approximate 1/4" seam allowance.

 Press open!

 Next add the four 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" strips to the sides of the corner squares.


Press seams open and then add then add the 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips to the remaining side as follows.

Press seams open.  Each corner square should measure 4 1/2" square.  Lay your four corner squares back out on your design board.  This is how it should look so far. I like to be able to visualize the "9-patch" block I am sewing together.


Now let's get started on those flying geese!

You will be making two sets of flying geese for each block.  One set will have a red rectangle for a base and one will have a white snow print background rectangle for a base.  I love to chain sew these, as I do many things!

The method for making both sets of flying geese is the same, but I will show photos for the ones with the white base rectangle.

Layer a 2 1/2" red square on the background rectangle, paying attention to the direction of the background print.  Sew on the drawn line.

Trim seam allowance to approximately 1/4".

Press seam allowance open.



 Now you are ready to add your other 2 1/2" square to the other side of your flying geese unit.  Again, layer the square and sew on the drawn line.

Trim seam allowance to approximately 1/4".


Press seam allowance open. 


Each flying geese unit should measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".


Here's our layout so far!  Isn't this going to be so cute??

 Next you will want to sew each set of flying geese together.

Layer and stitch a 1/4" seam.  Look at that pretty little pile ready for stitching!

Press seam open.

Now we have completed all the different components for this "9-patch" block.  It's time to start sewing them together to complete the blocks!


Stitch the sets of three blocks into rows, pressing seams open.  I really love pressing most of my seams open.  It helps tremendously with blocks that have lots of seams.  I am a convert.

 The next step is to sew your rows together into a completed block.


 I am not a huge fan of pinning.  Call me lazy.  I'm OK with it!  But, in all truthfulness, there are times when pinning really does make a huge difference, and this is one of them.  I do like my pretty little seams to line up when I'm making blocks like these.

 So......go ahead.  Pin and stitch a 1/4" seam. 


Press seams open. Repeat for the other row!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Aren't these blocks wonderful???  I'm in love! 

Blocks should measure 12 1/2".

 Next add your borders to each block and press towards the white snow scene borders.


 After adding the borders, your finished blocks should measure 14 1/2" square and look beautiful!!!

Sew the two blocks side by side and press seam open.

You just finished your pillow top!!

It should measure 14 1/2" x 28 1/2" - just perfect for your nice long pillow form!

 Now you are ready to layer your pillow top with your batting and quilt it!  Depending on your quilting preferences, it may be beneficial to add a "backing" of muslin to the pillow top before quilting it (top-batting-muslin).  It may pucker less.

Layer.  Pin.

 And quilt it!!

 I did an all over swirl free motion quilting design.  It always reminds me of the wind blowing.

After quilting, trim the batting and "backing" flush with the edges of the pillow top.  Now you have an adorable quilted pillow top!

Now you will want to prepare your rectangles for the envelope pillow back. This is what the back of your pillow cover will look like in the end.

Take the two 14 1/2" x 18 1/2"" rectangles you cut earlier - the white snowflake print and the red check - and press them.  Using a nice hot iron, turn up one of the 14 1/2" long sides about 3/8" and then once again, another 3/8", so that there is no raw edge.  Create this hem on one 14 1/2" side of each back piece.

Top stitch along the inside folded edge to create a finished inside flap.
Take these hemmed rectangles and line them up flush withe edge of the pillow top, wrong sides together.  Pin in place well, overlapping the rectangles.  Since this is a bound pillow, there is no flipping right side out involved.  The right sides of your pillow cover should be showing on the front and back!  I love bound pillows!!!

Then stitch all the way around the outside edge of the pillow about 1/8" away from the edge of the raw edges of the pillow cover.  This stitching will be covered up by the binding, but serves to hold everything in place while you sew on the binding.  You may have to trim your envelope backing a bit after stitching so that the edges of all the layers are flush all the way around the pillow cover.

I used the rest of the red and green fat quarters to create a super cute scrappy binding!

Cut, prepare and attach binding.  I am a sold out machine binder, so that's how I flip and finish mine.  Feel free to bind as desired.

And you are done!  What a fun, vintagey project!  I hope you enjoy adding this to all your Christmas decor for this year!  I would love to see your photos if you make one!  Feel free to follow me on Instagram (@celestecreates) where you can see all my quilty adventures.

Thanks to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for this fun little bundle of fabric and for the opportunity to create with it! 
Have fun and count your blessings,