Quilt As You Go Improv Pillows



Hi All! This is Jera from www.QuiltingintheRain.com bringing you a creative weekend project. This pillow uses a modern Quilt as you Go technique which will be featured in my upcoming book, Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern, to be released this Fall. I’m so excited to share this technique with you all!
 
The Quilt as you Go technique is very creative as it doesn’t follow a precise pattern. Rather, it takes on more of a improvisational style of piecing and quilting. For updates on my latest quilting endeavors, check out my Quilting in the Rain Facebook page and blog. You can also find me on Instagram. Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the tutorial!


Please Note – For this pillow I used leftover Layer Cake squares from the April Showers Collection by Bonnie and Camille. Leftover fat quarter scraps will work too. For the solid borders, I used Moda Solids Prairie Cloth in Buff (this material is home decor weight but has a linen/canvas feel to it). For the back of the pillow, I used Moda’s Twill (home decor weight), Nautical Ticking Stripes in Red.

For Pillow No.1 (14″ x 14″ pillow cover):

  • 1 layer cake square (or a 10″ square cut from a fat quarter) 
  • 1/4 yard border fabric
  • 3/8 yard Backing
  • 15.5″ x 15.5″ batting square (needle-punched batting)
  • pillow insert

 For Pillow No.2 (16″ x 12″ pillow cover):

  • 6 layer cake squares for variety (or six different fat quarter prints)
  • 1/4 yard border fabric
  • 3/8 yard backing  
  • 17.5″ x 13.5″ batting square (needle-punched batting)
  • pillow insert 


    For Pillow No. 1 (14″ x 14″ pillow cover):

    1.  Take a 10″ square and place it in the center of the batting. Place a few pins to help keep it down. Then, quilt it directly to the batting. As shown below, make sure your stitch starts and ends on the batting.

    I did free-motion quilting with some simple loopy-loops. If you’ve never free-motion quilted before, now is a good time to try it out as it’s easier to do it on a smaller, more manageable block.

     2. From your border fabric, cut two 3.5″ strips along the length. Take a strip and trim it with fabric scissors so it’s the same length as the side of the square. With right sides facing together, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance.

    3. Press open, and then quilt lines that run parallel to the seam. There will be some extra fabric hanging over the batting. As shown below, make sure your stitch starts and ends on the batting.

    4. Take the strip and trim it with fabric scissors so that it measures the length of the square and strip that you just pieced together, as shown below. With right sides facing together, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance.

    5. Press open, and then quilt lines that run parallel to the seam. There will be some extra fabric hanging over the batting. 

    6. Repeat the previous steps until there is border fabric surrounding all four sides of the square. You are essentially piecing fabric in a log-cabin style method, but quilting it directly onto the batting as you go.
    When you are finished, the entire batting will be covered and will look similar to this.
    The back will look similar to this:
    Flip the block over so the batting side is facing you. Trim the excess fabric sticking out side of the batting. Then, flip it over so the patchwork is facing you and trim approximately 1/4″- 1/2″ from all four sides so that your block measures 14.5″x14.5″.
    7. Next, create an envelope closure for the backing. From your backing fabric, cut two 11″x14.5″ rectangles. Along the length,  turn the edge 1/4″ under, press, then turn under 1″, then press again. Stitch along the fold to keep in place to create a pretty seam. Repeat on the other rectangle as well. 
    With right sides facing together, take one rectangle and align it along the left side of the pillow cover. The finished seam you created from the previous step should be facing toward the right. Pin to keep in place, then sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along the perimeter as illustrated by the dashed line below. Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.
    Repeat with the other rectangle, but align it on the right side of the pillow. Lastly, trim the corners to get rid of bulk fabric, and then turn right side out.
    Insert the pillow and there you have it! 🙂

     
    For Pillow No.2 (16″ x 12″ pillow cover):
    Please note: For this pillow, the same exact technique that was described above (for pillow No.1) was used, except with smaller pieces of fabric. The technique I explained from the first pillow will give you the basic understanding you need to complete this next pillow. That being said, I will not list step-by-step instructions.  Rather, I have listed the order in which the strips should be pieced. Enjoy!
    1. From your fabric, cut one 3″ square and a couple 2″ strips from each print (you will trim these strips as needed).
    2. Start by placing the 3″ square in the center of the batting, and then quilt it. Next, add strips making sure to trim them with fabric scissors to the correct size. Add the strips in the following order, using the quilt as you go method previously described. For this pillow, I quilted straight lines that ran parallel to all of the seams. 
    Tip! Fabric can shift while stitching on the batting. Correct for this by keeping the strips aligned and ‘square’ them as necessary. The seams of each successive piece should be at a 90° angle to the previous quilted piece. 
    Also, please note that your pieces will shift around slightly and the batting will stretch a little – this is completely normal. So don’t expect yours to look as straight as the illustration above. =)
    3. From your border fabric, cut one 5-6″ wide strip along the length. With right sides facing together, place the strip along the length of the patchwork as shown below. Overlap the strip with the patchwork as needed to straighten it out, and as mentioned in the “Tip!” above. Sew.
    4. Press the strip down, and then quilt lines that run parallel to the seam. Repeat for the top so that the entire batting is covered.
    5. Flip the block over so the batting side is facing you. Trim the excess fabric sticking out side of the batting. Then, flip it over so the patchwork is facing you and trim approximately 1/4″- 1/2″ from all four sides so that your block measures 16.5″x12.5″.
    6. Next, create an envelope closure for the backing. From your backing fabric, cut two 11″x12.5″ rectangles. Repeat step 7 from Pillow No.1 to create the envelope closure and to finish your pillow. 
    And that’s it! Quilt as you Go is a fun and different way to quilt. I hope you enjoyed learning this new improvisational technique! Now that you know the concept, you can get really creative with all the other fun Quilt as you Go pillow designs you can think up! 
    (Above: Paige modeling a Quilt as you Go strip quilt using the Scrumptious collection by Bonnie and Camille).
    Come visit me at www.QuiltingintheRain.com for more Quilt as you Go projects. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram.
    Let your creativity rain!
    xoxo
    -jera brandvig

    Applique Hearts Pillow

     

    Hi All! This is Jera from www.QuiltingintheRain.com bringing you this simple Applique Hearts Pillow tutorial just in time for Valentine’s day. Depending on what fabrics you use, the pillow can be used year round. This pillow has an easy envelope enclosure, making this a quick and fun weekend project that you can complete in a few hours.

    Also, I wanted to share that I have a quilting book coming out this year, so come check out my blog for details (or for some great tutorials!), or follow me (and my corgi, Paige) at Quilting in the Rain’s Facebook to see my latest quilts and projects. Thank you so much for stopping by! Let your creativity rain!

    • 1 yard Moda Solids Prairie Cloth in Buff (this material is home decor weight but has a linen/canvas feel to it) 
    • 1 Bella Solids charm pack in Porcela, plus one scrap for the colored heart
    • Clear glue that works on fabric
    • Coordinating thread
    • 20″ square pillow insert


    1. From the prairie cloth, cut one 21″ square. For the back of the pillow, cut two 15″ x 21″ rectangles (these will be made into the envelope closure).

    From the charm squares, cut hearts of varying shapes and sizes. I think the variety and imperfection of the heart shapes adds character to the pillow. To cut a big heart, simply fold a charm square in half and crease it with your finger so it stays folded. Then, use fabric scissors to cut the arch of ‘half of a heart’ along the folded edge. When you unfold it, you will have a heart shape.

    To make smaller hearts,  repeat but cut two hearts from one charm square. 

    I started by cutting approximately 8 big hearts, and then filled up the pillow with smaller and medium sized hearts. Also, from your scrap fabric cut one medium-size colored heart.
    2. Next, arrange the hearts on the 21″ square.
    3.Use clear glue that works on fabric to temporarily hold the hearts in place. Use very little glue as this is just an alternative to using pins and is meant to be temporary. For each heart I put the tiniest drop of glue and then spread it with my finger to make a very thin layer.
    This is the glue I ended up using but i’m sure Elmers would work just as well. I just recommend getting a clear adhesive.
    4. Sew the hearts in place using a regular presser foot. I simply guided the edge of my presser foot along the heart to sew a 1/4″ seam allowance, using a straight stitch setting.
    If you’ve never done this before, to get around the curves of the heart you will need to stop and pivot the fabric quite often. To do this, simply stop sewing with the needle in down position, lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric underneath to follow the curve. You’ll get the hang of it. 🙂 
    5. Along the length of a 15″ x 21″ rectangles,  turn the edge 1/4″ under, press, then turn under 1″, then press again. Stitch along the fold to keep in place as shown below. Repeat on the other rectangle as well.

    6. With right sides facing together, take one rectangle and align it along the left side of the pillow cover. The finished seam you created from the previous step should be facing toward the right. Pin to keep in place, then sew a 1/2″ seam allowance along the perimeter as illustrated by the dashed line below. Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.

    Repeat with the other rectangle, but align it on the right side of the pillow.

    Clip the corners to rid of bulk and then turn right side out through the envelope opening.

    7. Lastly, rub your hands up and down the pillow to help ruffle-up the edges of the hearts. The semi-freyed and ruffled hearts adds texture to the pillow. The freying will not go beyond the stitch. 

    And there you have it! A beautiful, applique heart pillow!


    One fabulous 20″ x 20″ pillow

    Thanks again for checking out my tutorial! Come visit me at www.QuiltingintheRain.com or follow me on Facebook at QuiltingintheRain. You can also find me on Instagram.

    Let your creativity rain! 🙂

    Jera Brandvig
    {www.QuiltingintheRain.com}

    4-Step Flagstone Quilt


    Hey everyone! It’s Jera from Quilting In The Rain bringing you this fun quilt top that you can finish in a weekend.

    And here’s a sweet treat for all you pre-cut lovers…The West Seattle Fabric Company‘s online shop is offering Boho Quilt Kits, plus 10% off all pre-cuts and kits by typing in the code bakeshop at checkout.

     Grab a Layer Cake or a Boho kit and get this quilt top done within a few hours. Have fun!


    For one big quilt measuring 54.5″x63.5″

    • One  Layer Cake (you will need all 42 squares)
    • coordinating thread
    • 1/2 yard binding
    • 3 1/4 yards backing 

    OR

    For two smaller quilts measuring 36.5″x45.5″ each

    • One  Layer Cake (each quilt uses 20 squares)
    • coordinating thread
    • 3/4 yard binding (will bind both)
    • 3 yards backing (will back both)

     

      Step 1 – Choose ten pre-cut 10 inch squares and lay them directly on top of one another making sure they are aligned. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, make a diagonal cut through all ten layers. Make sure the cut is similar to the one shown below (i.e. don’t make the cut too slanted).

      After you make the diagonal cut, you will have two stacks of fabric: Stack A and stack B.

      Step 2 –  From stack A, take the bottom piece and from stack B take the top piece. Place them together as shown below. Piece these two pieces together (with right sides facing together, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance). Repeat until stack A and B are all pieced together.

      Tip: For faster piecing, you can chain piece:

      Step 3 –  After you’ve completed Step 2, press open all of the blocks using an iron. Next, stack all of your blocks on top of one another, same as you did in Step 1. Make sure all the blocks are facing the same direction and are aligned. Rotate the stack and then make a diagonal cut again, as shown below.  Once again, you will have stacks A and B.

      Repeat Step 2 with stacks A and B:

      After sewing together, press open with an iron. A finished block will look like this:

      Repeat steps one through three with ten more pre-cut ten inch squares so that you will yield a total of 20 finished blocks. If you want to make the bigger quilt, repeat the steps until you yield a total of 42 finished blocks.
      Step 4 –  To make the smaller quilt, lay all 20 finished blocks in a 4×5 formation as shown below. To make the bigger quilt, lay all 42 finished blocks in a 6×7 formation. 
      To piece the quilt top together, first sew all four blocks together in each row, and then sew each row together. (Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew with the right sides facing each other, and then press open with an iron).

      Lastly, baste and bind your quilt. That’s all there is to it!


      Two smaller quilts measuring 36.5″x45.5″ each, or one big quilt measuring 54.5″x63.5″

      The fabric I used in the above images are from Moda’s Marmalade collection. Below I used a combination of Moda’s Sew Stitchy and Noteworthy collection. This pattern is so much fun I’ve used several different collections, so grab a Layer Cake and have fun!

      Happy Quilting 🙂

      Jera Brandvig
      {www.QuiltingintheRain.com}

      Home Sweet Home


      Hi all – it’s Jera from Quilting in the Rain bringing you this super fast Home Sweet Home tutorial (thank you Anna from Switzerland for the quilt name)! I used the Hometown collection by Sweetwater. If you’re familiar with my tutorials, you know that I love simple and quick quilts that require minimal fussy measurements. Well, this is one of them because this quilt almost requires no measuring! That’s the beauty of Moda pre-cuts! 🙂 Enjoy!

      P.S. check out my new site at www.QuiltingInTheRain.com for a chance to win FREE Moda pre-cut fabric! Simply click on the Fabric Giveaway link on the homepage.

      • 2 charm packs (or 81 pre-cut 5″ squares)
      • 10 neutral colored jelly roll strips (or 3/4 yard neutral colored fabric; from this, cut ten 2.5″ x 42/44″).
      • 5/8 yards binding fabric
      • 3 yards backing fabric

      Step 1 – Choose 9 charm squares (or pre-cut 5 inch squares) and make a 9 patch block by sewing 3 rows together with 3 blocks per row.
      Step 2 – Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut 2 diagonal lines from corner to corner as shown below.Step 3 – Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of 3 nine patch blocks. Cut diagonal lines form corner to corner for all 3 blocks. This will give you a total of 12 triangle pieces.
      Step 4 – Here’s the fun part! Rearrange all 12 pieces to your liking.
      Step 5 – Sew the rearranged pieces back together as shown below. This will give you a block that measures roughly 13.3″ x 13.3″. Repeat until you have a total of 9 finished blocks.

      Step 6 – Take three jelly roll strips (or three 2.5″ x 42/44″ long strips), and then sub-cut each trip into three 2.5″ x 13.5″ strips. This will give you a total of six 2.5″ x 13.5″ strips. With right sides facing together, sew a strip to the side of a finished block, press flat with an iron and then trim the excess ends (since your finished block measures 13.3 inches, this is simpler then trying to measure 13.3 inch long strips).
      Sew the remaining strips to create sashing between the blocks that looks like this:

      Step 7 – Use two more jelly roll strips (or two 2.5″ x 42/44″ strips) for the middle sashing. with right sides facing together, sew the first row of blocks to the sashing, then press flat with an iron. Repeat until all three rows of blocks are connected by the two sashing strips. Trim the excess ends.

      Step 8 – Use two more jelly roll strips (or two 2.5″ x 42/44″ strips) for the top and bottom borders. After sewing them on, trim the excess ends. Lastly, sew the left and right side borders on. Each side will measure roughly 47″ long, so you will need to sew some jelly roll strips together to get two 2.5″ x 47″ long strips. I simply sewed three jelly roll strips together (or three 2.5″ x 42/44″ strips) from end to end and then cut that in half. After sewing them onto the sides of the quilt top, trim the excess fabric.

      That’s all there is to it! Like I said, it’s a non-fussy-cut quilt and fast to piece together. Here’s a picture of my quilting buddy, Bodie, that I thought I’d sneak in. He was ready for a walk in this photo. 🙂


      Thanks for checking out my tutorial! Don’t forget to check out QuiltingInTheRain.com for a chance to win some free Moda pre-cut fabric! Simply click the Fabric Giveaway link on the homepage. Happy Quilting!


      One fabulous 47″ x 47″ quilt!

      Jera Brandvig
      {QuiltingInTheRain.com}

      Summer Love


      Hi Everyone! It’s Jera from www.QuiltingInTheRain.blogspot.com bringing you another MBS tutorial! This is a simple and beautiful quilt that will make your favorite fabrics pop! Check out my 3-step tutorial below that uses jelly roll strips to make the entire quilt top.

      I used the Summer House collection by Lily Ashbury. Make one yourself and checkout my blog at www.QuiltingInTheRain.blogspot.com for a chance to win a Terrain jelly roll by Kate Spain!

      • 1 jelly roll (you will have plenty of leftover strips!)
      • 1 solid white jelly roll
      • 3 yards backing


      Step 1 – Trim the strips from both the colored and solid white jelly roll to the exact measurements represented in the cutting diagram below. (Note: the measurements below are the exact cutting measurements of the unfinished pieces). Since a jelly roll strip is 2.5″x44″ long, in some cases you will need to sew a couple strips together and then trim it to get the measurements shown below.

      Step 2 – Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew all the pieces in each row together, and then sew all rows together.


      Step 3 – Add the borders. Sew enough strips together until you have these measurements:

      1. Left and right borders – 46.5″ long. Sew these on first.
      2. Top and bottom borders – 57″ long.


      Layer and quilt.

      Sew together six leftover strips to create the binding. A binding tutorial can be found here.

      That’s it! Simple and absolutely beautiful! Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

      Happy Quilting!


      57″ x 50.5″

      Jera Brandvig

      Strawberry Fields Forever Quilt


      Hi! This is Jera from Quilting In The Rain bringing you this Strawberry Fields Forever pattern (thanks again Lalobe from Austria for the name idea)! I love this pattern because each block will be unique to your own making…there are no precise measurements; simply cut, stack, whack and sew!

      This quilt top requires a single layer cake pack. I used the Strawberry Fields collection by Fig Tree & Co. Make one yourself and visit my blog {QuiltingInTheRain.blogspot.com} for an easy chance to win a Layer Cake!

      Note: this pattern assumes a 1/4″ seam allowance.


      1 layer cake pack (Forty-two 10″ squares)
      3 yards for backing
      3/8 yard for binding

      Step 1 – Choose four squares from your layer cake pack.

      Step 2 – Layer all four squares so they are stacked evenly on top of one another. Then, using a rotary cutter and ruler, make 2 diagonal cuts as shown below.

      Step 3 – After making the above cuts through all four layers of the squares, you will yield the following. All four pieces of the letter ‘a’ should be the same shape and size, as with the letter ‘b’ and ‘c’.

      As shown below, switch around the letter ‘b’ pieces so that the colors are alternating. In this photo, I simply switched the top ‘b’ with the bottom ‘b’.

      Sew the newly arranged a, b and c pieces together as shown below to yield four blocks.

      Step 4 – Layer all four pieced-together blocks so they are stacked evenly on top of one another. Rotate the stacked blocks 90 degrees, as shown below. Similar to step 2, make 2 diagonal cuts.

      Step 5 – After making the above cuts through all four layers of the pieced-together blocks, you will yield the following. Same as before, all four pieces of the letter ‘a’ should be the same shape and size, as with the letter ‘b’ and ‘c’.

      Here’s the fun part! Switch around the a, b or c pieces, so long as they are switched with their same letter (e.g. only switch a ‘b’ piece with another ‘b’). For this quilt, I stuck with only switching around the ‘b’ pieces. I like the way it looks, and it’s simpler. Here are two different ways you can switch around the ‘b’ pieces:

      or

      Step 6 – Then, sew the newly arranged a, b and c pieces to form 4 finished blocks (9″ squares finished).

      Step 7 – Repeat until you have a total of 42 finished blocks. Then, arrange each block in 7 rows of 6 blocks each.

      Sew each block together in each row, and then sew the rows together. Quilt and bind!


      One fabulous 52″x 60″ quilt!

      That’s it (I told you it was easy). It might seem a little confusing at first, but once you get started you’ll quickly get the hang of it. Thanks for checking out my tutorial!

      Come visit me at www.QuiltingInTheRain.blogspot.com whether it’s to check out my latest crafting, or for a chance to win a Layer Cake (or both!).

      Happy Quilting!

      Jera Brandvig
      {QuiltingInTheRain.blogspot.com}

      Woven Jelly Roll Rug



      Hello! This is Jera {quiltingintherain.com} bringing you this fun weekend rug project that requires just 1 jelly roll. Make a free rug for yourself by checking out my blog for a jelly roll giveaway! I used the collection ‘Wild Rose’ by Blackbird Designs. It makes a beautiful rug to display in your sewing room or to put by the fireplace. Seven simple steps below! Oh, and there’s a surprise bonus picture at the bottom of the tutorial ;-p

      • 1 Jelly Roll
      • *Non-slip liner for drawers, enough to cover 20”x30”
      • Scrap backing fabric, measuring 20”x30”

      *Originally I tried using non-slip rug padding but it was too thick to sew through. The non-slip drawer lining is much thinner and works better.



      Step 1 – From your jelly roll, choose 28 strips and do the following:

    • Take 12 jelly roll strips (44″ long). Cut each in half so you have a total of 24 strips that are 22″ long each. Trim each so they measure 20” long. You will have a total of (24) 20” long strips.
    • Take 16 jelly roll strips. Trim each so they measure 30” long. You will have a total of (16) 30” long strips. Press all of the above strips in half lengthwise, and then stitch a ¼” seam as shown below.
    • Step 2 – Cut the backing fabric.

      From your scrap fabric, cut a 20”x30” rectangle. I used a semi-thick fabric.

      Step 3 – Place the 30” long strips along the length of the backing fabric and pin at the ends. Sew a ¼” seam to keep in place. Continue until you’ve attached all 16 strips.


      Step 4 – Take your 20” long strips and weave along the width, over and under the 30” long strips you attached in the previous step. Pin as you weave them to keep them in place.

      For each strip, sew a zig-zag stitch to secure the weave. I pinned and sewed 3 strips at a time.


      Step 5 – After you’ve finished weaving in all of the 20” strips and sewing zig-zag stitches along the width of the rug, go back and sew zig-zag stitch along the length as well. Trim off excess strips that hang over the 20”x30” backing.

      Step 6 – From your non-slip liner, cut a 20”x30” rectangle and pin to the back of your rug to keep in place.



      Step 7 – Lastly, bind the rug using leftover jelly roll strips as described in Oda May’s Binding with a Jelly Roll tutorial.


      One fabulous 20″x30″ rug!

      Bonus picture!


      My dog Paige has grown very fond of the woven jelly roll rug. 🙂

      Don’t forget to check out my blog for a chance to win a jelly roll!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Jera Brandvig,
      {QuiltingInTheRain.com}