Today’s paper-peiced Spring Kaleidoscope Pillow was designed by Charise Randell of Charise Creates. Charise was recently on the blog with her beautiful Spring Blossom Quilt Block, part of her Vintage Block Quilt Along series. She also shared her pretty Palos Verdes Challenge blouse last month. Stop by Charise Creates for a look at her serious hexagon obsession, fantastic paper piecing patterns and more.
Today’s Spring Kaleidoscope Pillow comes with a free pattern and templates, and features some beautiful Liberty prints. Have fun!
- 1/3 yard Background Fabric (I used Kona Snow.)
- F8 (9” x 22”) 4 different Liberty prints
- 1/2 yard print fabric for pillow back
- 2/3 yard fabric for quilt backing (I used muslin.)
- 2/3 yard batting
Note: Add 5/8 yard fabric for binding if making your own.
- Spring Kaleidoscope Pattern + Templates
- 9 Sheets light-weight copy paper or Vellum
- Matching thread (I like to use 100% cotton thread.)
- Contrast thread for quilting
- Acrylic Ruler
- Fabric marking pencil or pen
- Rotary cutting mat and rotary cutter
- 20” square pillow form
- 2 1/2 yards 3/8” pre-made bias tape if purchasing binding OR 3/4” bias tape maker if making your own.
- B1 – 20 print ( same as A1, A3, B3)
- B1 – 16 Solid
- B2 – 20 Solid (same as A2, A4, B4)
- B2 – 16 Print
- C – 20 Print
- C – 16 Solid
- 2 – 14” x 20” rectangles for pillow back
- 1 – 21 1/2” muslin square for quilt backing
- 1 – 21 1/2” square Batting
Note: Add a 85” x 1 5/8” bias strip for 3/8” bias binding if making your own binding.
- Change your stitch length to 18-20 stitches per inch when paper piecing the 1/4 blocks together.
- Be sure your test square on the pattern page measures 1”.
1. Download the pattern here. Print out or trace the pattern, nine times, onto light-weight copy paper or vellum. Cut each block in half between the A and B sections.
2. At this point, I like to place the individual blocks in the finished arrangement and position the fabric on top.
3. Place one of your triangle fabric pieces on the wrong (unprinted side) of the pattern A1 or B1, making sure to cover the entire section. The right side of the fabric will be facing you. Make sure there is ¼” fabric around the perimeter of the section. Hold the paper up to the light to help position the fabric. Pin in place.
4. Place the adjacent fabric piece, A2 or B2 right sides together with A1 or B1 matching raw edges.
Pin in place.
5. Flip the pattern over so the printed side of the pattern is facing you. Stitch on the first line between B1 and B2 or A1 and A2.
6. Finger press the seam open.
Flip the pattern over and fold back the paper pattern on the next line (B2/B3 or A2/A3) and trim the second section to 1/4″ beyond the line. This is your seam allowance.
7. Continue steps #4-6 until half the block is complete. Trim around the block leaving a 1/4” seam allowance.
8. Repeat steps #3-7 for the other half of the block.
9. Pin the center points of each half block together. Change your stitch length to 10-12 stitches per inch. Start stitching 1/2″ from the center of the block and stitch 1/2″ beyond the center of the block. Unpin and check to make sure the center points match. If not, unpick the seam and try again. If they match, stitch the entire seam. Press the seam open.
10. Repeat steps #1-9 for the remaining blocks.
Finish the Block
11. Stitch the top row of blocks together matching seams. Press seam open. Repeat for the middle and bottom rows
12. Stitch the top row to the middle row. Stitch the top/middle row to the bottom row. Press the seams open.
13. Make a quilt sandwich:
- Place the 21 1/2” square of muslin or backing fabric wrong side up.
- Place the 21 1/2” square of batting on top.
- Place the finished front pillow on the top.
- Baste in place with pins or basting spray.
14. Quilt inside each inner solid triangle 1/4” from the edge with contrast thread. Do the same for the remaining solid triangles with matching thread. Baste around the edge of the block with a 1/4” stitch. Trim your pillow front with the rotary cutter. Cut the corners at a slight curve.
15. Fold under 1/4” on the 20” edge of the back pillow piece. Fold over 1/4” again to the wrong side and press. Edge stitch the hem. Repeat for the other side.
16. Place the pillow front wrong side up. Place the first back piece right side up matching raw edges. Place the second back piece right side up on top of the first. Pin in place. Turn the pillow over so the front of the pillow is facing you. Baste around the perimeter 1/4” from the edge.
17. Fold under 3/8” on one short side of the binding. Place the binding right sides with the right side of the back pillow at the center bottom of the pillow. Stitch the binding around the pillow with a 1/4” seam allowance. When you reach the beginning of the binding, overlap the fold at the beginning of the tape by 1/2”. Trim binding.
18. Fold the binding to the right side just covering the stitching. Pin in place. Edge stitch the binding in place.
Enjoy your Spring Kaleidoscope Pillow!
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