Welcome, new friends and old! My tutorial today is part of the Deck The Halls series hosted by the every-so-lovely Ellison Lane Quilts!!! Don’t miss a chance to win a $20 gift card from Pink Castle Fabrics- just leave a comment to this post to be entered!
And here’s my tutorial!!
Ain’t she pretty?! It’s scary how giddy a flippin’ pillow can make me.
Here’s what you’ll need to cut:
- 16 4.5″ squares from a variety of prints. I used 2 squares from each of the 8 prints in my Jingle bundle.
- 64 1.75″ squares in white
Using a ruler and pencil, draw a light diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the white squares. Then go ahead and pin 4 squares to the corners of all 16 of your print squares. Be sure you position the marked lines across the corners and not pointing in toward the center of the block.
Now you’re going to stitch ON all of these lines, from corner to corner on each white square.
Ok, pause. Can we just be real for a sec? If you think I actually drew 64 little lines to make a pillow, you’re crazy. No, I drew lines for one block to show you the “official” way to do this, and then proceeded to stitch all the rest of my blocks line-free. C’mon, these blocks are TINY…you can do it! Corner to corner. Boom.
Ah, ok, I feel so much better having confessed that. Moving on.
So there’s definitely an intentional process for chain stitching these guys…I assure you, the last thing you want to do is stitch each little seam, stop, lift the foot and clip your threads, turn the piece, stitch, clip…no no no.
By all means chain stitch these, but it’s like the never-ending chain… Start by chain stitching one square on each block- so you have a nice little parade of squares piling up behind your machine. When you get to the last block, grab your first one, clip it free with scissors, and proceed to then chain stitch the second seam on each block…and around and around we go. By the end, you’ll have gone around 4 times without stopping.
Next, clip apart your chain, and trim a 1/4″ seam allowance at each corner.
PS- don’t throw your triangle scraps away! Trust me, these are so usable! Check out a few of my tiny triangle ideas, and stay tuned for the floating triangle block tutorial I’ll be posting later this month.
Now just press your white corners open. Even though it was a little bit less convenient, I actually chose to press my seams toward the inside of block for a couple of reasons. First, I didn’t want the seam allowances showing through the white. Secondly, and this is a new little slice of info that I just learned this year and am really excited about- the pieces that your seams are pressed toward will actually subtly “stand out” more in your design, literally, because the allowance is resting under them, lifting them up higher than the opposing pieces. And I wanted my snowballs to stand out- not the white diamonds. Seems like it wouldn’t matter, and you know, it doesn’t really, but why not make an intentional informed choice either way?
Keep in mind that at this point, your snowballs will probably look a bit more “diamondy” than you’d envisioned. That’s ok. Once you stitch them all together to create your pillow or quilt, the seam allowances will fix this, and add to the round-ish snowball shape that makes these blocks so cute.
See? So easy. Now go make a cute snowball pillow or quilt before Christmas bites you in the butt, steals your wallet, and runs away!
Like the fabrics I used?? It’s my new bundle for sale over at Sew Lux Fabrics -“Jingle.” The bundle will be available through December and you can snag one here.
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