Thomas from Thomas Knauer Sews designed this pillow to feature Aneela Hoey’s new Little Apples fabric collection (coming soon!). Thomas has his own fabric due soon too; check out Pear Tree, and more here! Learn more about Thomas in his introduction, and don’t forget his fun Teapot Trivet tutorial with embroidery designs you can download and enjoy.

Hi, all! This is a fun little pillow I whipped up with some of the Little Apples I brought back from Spring Quilt Market. Actually, I designed this on my flight back from Salt Lake City because I was just so excited to play with Aneela’s fantastic fabric! It is great if you’re just picking up fat eights since it doesn’t require too much of any one print; though it can be modified easily to use more of just a single print in each color.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Red
(I used SKUs: 18510, 18511, 18514– Can all be cut from any one of these.)
4 @ 1.25″ x 1.25″
3 @ 2″ x 2″
6 @ 3.5″ x 3.5″

Green
(I used SKUs: 18510, 18511, 18514– Can all be cut from any one of these.)
4 @ 1.25″ x 1.25″
3 @ 2″ x 2″
6 @ 3.5″ x 3.5″

Blue
(I used SKUs: 18510, 18511, 18514– Can all be cut from any one of these.)
4 @ 1.25″ x 1.25″
3 @ 2″ x 2″
6 @ 3.5″ x 3.5″

Grey
(I used SKUs: 18510, 18511, 18514– Can all be cut from any one of these.)
4 @ 1.25″ x 1.25″
3 @ 2″ x 2″
6 @ 3.5″ x 3.5″

White
(I used SKU: 18513)
8 @ 3.5″ x 3.5″

Backing
Kona Coal – 2 @ 18″ x 13″

Trim
80″ of red medium pom-pom trim

Here is the overall guide. It is essentially four of the same block done in different organizations with each block turned 90 degrees. Here you can see the basic design:

And here you can see each of the blocks separated out. This also makes a nice variant with one-inch white sashing strips between the blocks, which makes the finished pillow 18.5″ instead of 17.5 inches. I think it looks good either way actually.

Step A:
Take three red 1.25″ squares and one grey 1.25″ square and arrange them as seen below. Using a 1/4″ seam sew 1 & 2 together, and 3 & 4 together. Press the seam of 1 & 2 to the left and 3 & 4 to the right (or vice-versa, I just like alternating directions to help get my seams to fit together nicely). Then sew 1 & 2 to 3 & 4, being careful to match your seams up, and press the seam.

Step B:
Take the unit you made in Step A (Unit A), two of your grey 2″ squares, and one red 2″ square, and lay them out as shown below. Sew 1 & 2 together, and 3 & 4 together. Again press the seams in opposite directions. Sew 1 & 2 to 3 & 4, being careful to match your seams up, and press the seam.

Step C:
Take the unit you made in Step B (Unit B), two of your red 3.5″ squares, and one green 3.5″ square, and lay them out as shown below. Sew 1 & 2 together, and 3 & 4 together. Again press the seams in opposite directions. Sew 1 & 2 to 3 & 4, being careful to match your seams up, and press the seam.

Step D:
Take the unit you made in Step C (Unit C), three grey 3.5″ squares, and two 3.5″ white squares, and lay them out as shown below. Sew 1 & 2 together, pressing the seam in the opposite direction of the corresponding C Unit seam). Sew 1 & 2 to 3, making sure the seam matches up, and press the seam. Sew 4, 5, & 6 together, and press the seams in the opposite direction of the corresponding seams in unit you just sewed together (1, 2, 3). Sew 4, 5, & 6 to 1, 2, & 3, again making sure your seams match up. Press your seams and there you go.

Step E:
Repeat this process for the other three blocks using the appropriate colors as seen in the pattern above.

Step F:
Sew together your blocks, taking care to get the seams all lined up, which gets a bit tricky near the center.

Quilting:
You can either quilt the pillow top (as I did) or not; it looks great either way. I went with simple diagonals every six inches.

Step G:
Lay the pillow top face up on your cutting surface. Lay a 20″ section of pom-pom trim along one side and pin in place with the pom-pons facing in. Carefully sew the trim in to the pillow top as close to the edge as possible. Trim the excess making sure there are no pom-poms directly over the corner– These will making stitching the backing on more difficult. Repeat for all four edges.

Step H:
Hem (about a 1/4″ hem) both pieces of backing on one side, making sure to hem along an 18″ side not on of the 13″ sides. Lay the two pieces of backing over the pillow top (still face up with trim attached) with the folded side up as shown below. (The folded side shows the folds you hemmed; you want the flat side facing the pillow top because that is what will show when the pillow is turned right side out.)

Pin all the way around the pillow and stitch the backing to the pillow top using a 1/4″ seam. Turn the pillow inside out and insert an 18″ pillow form.

Voila! You’re done. If you have any little ones around this pillow is sure to be a hit. My wee one, Bee, carries it around with her proclaiming, “I love it!” but I am entirely sure that is because of Aneela’s amazing designs.