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“Constructivist” envelope cushion cover

The finished cushion is 16 inch square.

Download Chevron block pattern (pdf). You will need to make 2 patterns (2 pieces per pattern). Print pattern on printer paper.

The block is a beginner paper pieced block. If you’ve never done paper piecing, this block is easy enough to learn the technique.

How to make the chevron block

Whatch  a short 3.45 minutes video that demonstrates how to make this pattern using foundation paper piecing.

Materials

Front of the cushion

Cut for each of the four pieces you need to complete two blocks:

  • Area 1: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (yellow)
  • Area  2: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in charcoal
  • Area 3: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in beige
  • Area  4: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (white)
  • One 5 1/4 inch x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in yellow and another one in white

Batting and backing

  • One 17 inch square piece of batting
  • One 17 inch square piece of fabric

Back of the cushion

Cut:

  • One 12 inch x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in yellow
  • One 10 x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in white

Making the cover

First make the pattern twice and lay the pieces in a chevron pattern as shown on the picture.

Stitch the 4 pieces together and remove the paper pattern.

Stitch a rectangle in yellow and a white one on each side of the chevron row  matching the colours (see photo below).

Press well.

The next step is optional but I prefer quilted cushions.

Now make a quilt sandwich by placing the fabric backing right side down, the piece of batting on top and the front of the cushion on top.

I quilted the piece along the chevron lines using my quilting foot to mandate the spacing between lines. The spacing is about 1/2 inch wide.

You don’t need to quilt the whole surface. I didn’t.

When finished, trim batting and backing to 16 1/2 inch square.

To make the back of the cushion, take the two rectangles for the back and make a 1/4 inch fold along the edge of each rectangle and press.

Stitch along using a zig zag stitch.

Place the front of the cushion side up, then place the yellow rectangle on top, right side down. The folded edge should face the middle of the cushion (see photo below).

Make sure the colour matches with the yellow on the front.

Place the white piece on top in the same way.

Pin well and stitch all around the square leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Trim the corners to reduce bulk.

Turn inside out.

Voilà!

Video tutorial: one minute hourglass block or Quarter Square Triangle (QST) the quick way

Video tutorial: hourglass block

With this tutorial you will make 2 hourglass blocks or Quarter Square Triangles (QST) in no time.

How to make an hourglass block

Watch the video, it only goes for one minute. And if you want to be notified every time I upload a video subscribe to my YouTube channel. Enjoy!

You only need two 5 inch squares in contrasting fabrics or four if you want to make 4 blocks as shown on the photo above.

I used 5 inch squares but this block can be made in any size, large or small. Just add 1 1/4 inch to the side of the QST you want to obtain. For instance if you want to do two 5 inch hourglass blocks, cut two 6 1/4 inch squares.

On the video tutorial you will find other alternative arrangements to the one on the photo.

Make 8 Half Square Triangles (HST) in 2 minutes

This is just one of the blocks you can do with 16 half square triangles (HST) but the possibilities are endless.

For this tutorial I start with 5 inch squares, which gives you 2 inch HSTs, but you can start with any size square.

You will need to trim the resulting HST to size afterwards.

Here is a 2 minute video showing you how to make 8 HST at once:

Example blocks with 8 HST

Example blocks with 16 HST in 3 colours

There are many more blocks you can do with HSTs. A quick Google search will confirm that.

Easy 2 minute pinwheel quilt block tutorial

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This week I want to show you a beginner’s quilt block.

I used this block to make a pinwheel quilt. The block is so quick and simple to make you could have a quilt top made in a weekend.

To make it even easier I used 2 charm packs for the pinwheels.

The full quilt tutorial will be coming soon.

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Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners

Since I started doing my Dear Jane quilt using foundation paper piecing, I have been saying how easy paper piecing is and how perfect blocks turn out.

It may be a bit tricky to understand at first, that is why this tutorial uses solid fabrics. This makes it even easier. Judge by yourself and let me know what you think.

The video lasts for 3.45 minutes. It is short and sweet.

If you want to try foundation paper piecing, download the Chevron block pattern (pdf) and print it on plain printer paper. The pattern has two pieces which are mirror of each other.

To help you with measurements, for the two sides of the block, I cut:

  • Area 1: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (yellow)
  • Area  4: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (white)
  • Area  2: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in charcoal
  • Area 3: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in beige

I made two full blocks with the intention of doing something with them though I still haven’t decided what I will make.

I haven’t decided on the placement either. Which one do you prefer?

Download Chevron block pattern (pdf)

Placement 1

Placement 2

Placement 3

Placement 4