Fresh Air Pillow Tutorial

on April 28 | in Books, Contests & Giveaways, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 60 Comments

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Debbie Grifka from Esch House Quilts is the author of Lines by Design Quilts: 17 Projects Featuring the Innovative Designs of Esch House Quilts. Debbie’s book focuses on projects designed to feature lines, and it includes both piecing and appliqué techniques (fusible and bias).

From the publisher:

    A simple line has unlimited potential when a quilt is the canvas. Including straight lines, curves and pictorial shapes, Lines by Design Quilts demonstrates a clean, modern approach to quilt design, using the endless creativity of lines achieved through bias, machine appliquéhas and traditional piecing.

    Author Debbie Grifka’s quilts are bold, statement pieces for your home, and among her fresh, new patterns are twelve bed-sized quilts, pillows and other items that will have you rethinking your room decor. Pictorial favorites include coffee cups and simplistic houses while more abstract designs borrow inspiration from classics like the Double Wedding Ring.

    You’ll never look at a simple line quite the same again!

Debbie has an exclusive Fresh Air Pillow Tutorial for you, to give you a taste of her design aesthetic and the type of projects in the book. You can also comment for a chance to win a copy of Lines by Design Quilts: 17 Projects Featuring the Innovative Designs of Esch House Quilts. Do you love modern quilts? Are you into bold? Do you need some new statement items for your home? Let’s hear your thoughts on the Fresh Air Pillow, Debbie’s work or Lines by Design Quilts for a chance to win. (US addresses only for hardback book, eBook for international winners.)

This project utilizes Robert Kaufman Kona Solids in Peridot, White and Water. Finished Size: 16″ x 16″.

Fabric Requirements:

  • Green (background, centers, backing): 3/4 yard
  • White frames: 1/4 yard or 4 1″ strips
  • Blue accent: 3 3″ squares
  • Batting: 20″ x 20″
  • Muslin: 20″ x 20″

– Cut a 13″ strip; subcut two 13 x 16 1/2″ pieces and six 3″ squares for the block centers.
– Cut a 7″ strip; subcut two 7″ squares for side setting triangles and two 4 1/2″ square for the corner setting triangles; subcut four 4″ squares for the background.
– Cut the 7″ squares in half diagonally twice; cut the four 1/2″ squares in half diagonally once.

– Cut 4 1″ strips; subcut 18 – 4″ pieces and 18 – 3″ pieces.

Sew a 3″ white piece onto opposite sides of a 3″ green square. Press toward the green. Sew a 4″ white strip onto the remaining sides of the square. Press toward the green. Make 6 blocks.

Sew a 3″ white piece onto opposite sides of a 3″ blue square. Press toward the blue. Sew a 4″ white strip onto the remaining sides of the square. Press toward the blue. Make 3 blocks.

Sew the blocks and 4″ green background squares into rows. There should be two blocks remaining, one with a blue center and one with a green center.

Lay out the rows on point.

Sew one of the triangles from the 7″ squares to each end of Rows 1, 2, 4 and 5.

For Row 3, sew a triangle from a 4 1/2″ square to each end of the row.

Sew the remaining triangles from the 4 1/2″ squares to the “top” of Row 1 and the “bottom” of Row 5. Sew the rows together.

Press, baste with the batting and backing and quilt as desired. Trim to 16 1/2″ square.
Turn one long raw edge on each of the pillow back pieces under twice, press and topstitch.

Place the pillow front face up. Place the pillow back pieces with right sides facing the pillow front and the raw edges aligned with the pillow front raw edges.

Using a 1/2″ seam, sew through all layers around all four sides. Clip the corners, turn and press.

There you have it! A modern, statement pillow… It’s a breath of fresh air for your home! Find more exciting projects exploring lines in Lines by Design Quilts: 17 Projects Featuring the Innovative Designs of Esch House Quilts.

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60 Responses to Fresh Air Pillow Tutorial

  1. Ruth L says:

    I love color and I always have! I wear color, cook with it, decorate with color and sew with it too! I love the dramatic designs of Debbie’s work. I look forward to making the fresh air pillow and would love to win her book!

  2. Ann Hudson says:

    I’ve taken a couple of classes from Debbie, love her style and sewing methods! Would love to have her new book! Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  3. Lyndsay says:

    Very interested in reading this book!

  4. jenny says:

    debbie does such nice clean work.

  5. Honey says:

    Oh the possibilities! Love the graphic nature of the original design, but prints would look awesome as well.

  6. Deb says:

    Beautiful modern pillow! Love it!

  7. Kathy E. says:

    What a great pillow design! The clean, crisp lines are so refreshing and would terrific in my guest bedroom….adding this to my list to make soon! Thank you.

  8. Fronye says:

    What a versatile design! Full of possibilities.

  9. Paige says:

    Thank you for pillow tutorial, Debbie! Lines by Design needs to be on my bookshelf! Thanks!

  10. What an awesome pillow. So simple, yet so very striking. Thanks for sharing.

  11. bookboxer says:

    Thanks so much for that great tutorial! As a rather new quilter, I’d love a copy of the book; thanks so much for your generosity.

  12. Audrey says:

    I love the clean lines and thanks soo much for sharing the pattern. The book is on my list!

  13. Claire Ross says:

    I love bold modern designs. This pillow is lovely x

  14. Brenda says:

    I love very graphic designs. It is interesting how the squares are created log cabin fashion and then set on point. I didn’t quite envision this construction process — kept thinking bias. I also love free flowing lines and I love the quilt shown at the top of this review from the cover of the book. I would love to have it in my library.

  15. Zina Clark says:

    What a nice, modern design with such clean lines. I love the color choices, too!

  16. Melanie C says:

    Love this pillow! Thank you for sharing the tutorial! I’m sure the book is amazing!

  17. nancy says:

    I love your pillow and would love to have this book!!

  18. Ann says:

    Love Debbie’s work. Never fussy always classic.

  19. Chris says:

    I would make this. I like the idea of mix and match modern and traditional.

  20. Janie says:

    What a bold pillow. I need to update a few of my own. I am slowly testing out more modern designs. I really like the fresh look. Thank you for a detailed tutorial and the inspiration.

  21. kathyh says:

    Looks like an easy pillow to make. Thanks for the inspiration.
    ..and the giveaway.

  22. Dianne Vanderwende says:

    I would love to win your “Lines By Design” book.

  23. Tamie says:

    Love Debbie’s work. It’s so graphic.

  24. Grace Breitkreuz says:

    love the pillow-will definitely try!!!

  25. Vicki in MN says:

    Yes I love modern and this looks like a wonderful book to keep me occupied, LOL I would love to win it!!

  26. Heather J says:

    Love graphic lines in modern quilts as I find them striking. The pillow design and fabrics chosen are effective in showcasing these clean lines.

  27. Sarah J says:

    I love the bold design- it would look so awesome on my front porch swing!

  28. Anna A says:

    Love the pillow and can’t wait to see the rest of the book! Sounds like exactly what I have been looking for!

  29. Summer says:

    I love the bold colors and lines in this book!

  30. Cindy says:

    Love the fresh air pillow! Recently, I have simplified my decor and have fewer, but better quality and more interesting accent pieces. I feel like these pieces are more of the artwork in the space.

  31. Debby says:

    Love the bold look of this pillow. Excellent for a front porch area to make a statement.

  32. Julie says:

    I love the look of modern quilts, but I just don’t know where to start. Maybe winning this book will give me a great project to start on something.

  33. So awesome

  34. AnnMarie says:

    I’d love this book filled with ideas and you’ll probably see at least one of her pillows made on my IG feed.

  35. Janet B. says:

    I like projects in solid colors, and the book and project look great for interesting use of color.

  36. Karen L says:

    The pillow is indeed a breath of fresh air. Thank you. Can’t wait to see the book.

  37. Jayne says:

    I’ve been a fan of Debbie’s for a long time! I love modern anything and this book looks like it is full of fantastic projects! What a wonderful bold pillow this is!

  38. Marilyn says:

    Love the pillow!

  39. Jane says:

    I love the blue and green combo. I have been wanting to change up my colors and this is an inspiration.

  40. Linda Pawlak says:

    I LOVE your pillow. I am not a “green” person, but your pillow may just have changed my mind! Thank you so much for a chance to win!

  41. MelodyJ says:

    I love the modern feel of this project.

  42. Bethany says:

    I am new to quilting (but not to sewing), and was finally drawn to it after seeing the amazing modern and art quilting that is being created these days. I can’t wait to try this pillow – seems like a great weekend project. My living room is in desperate need of some visual interest!

  43. Allison C says:

    Love simple and clean lines!

  44. Refreshing pillow and excellent tutorial. I’m definitely falling in love with Modern Quilting designs and this pillow is packed with #CreativeGoodness.


  45. Allison says:

    Lovely pillow! Classic design!

  46. Barbara says:

    I’ve long admired Debbie’s style. It’s spare and restrained and thus eye-catching. I’d love to win the book and make some pillows for my living room, possibly ones that use just two colors.

  47. Lisa Marie says:

    I love modern quilts and this pillow is gorgeous! I have seen a few snippets about this book before and the more I see the more I think I will love it. Thanks for sharing!

  48. Kathy h says:

    I love the clean lines of that pillow.

  49. Toni says:

    My daughter-in-law is going to love the bold, modern aesthetic! I need to start sewing some of these items for her.

  50. Gloria says:

    I was drawn to the cover quilt the first time I saw this book. Now I am even more intrigued with this pillow pattern. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  51. Becki morrison says:

    I love the colors and graphic quality. This could be enlarged into a table topper, baby quilt or? I’d love to find out more from her book!

  52. Diane in VA says:

    The quilting on the Fresh Air Pillow really accentuates the squares and brings on the bold.
    Love bold! Thank you for sharing the tutorial . I’ve been looking for mini quilt/wall hanging patterns in solids, Fresh Air…this is it! Debbie, thank you so much:)

  53. Laura B says:

    I love the straight lines in the red and white quilt featured in this post.

  54. amy says:

    Love the pillow-simple and elegant at the same time!

  55. Sue says:

    I love the simplistic nature of the fresh air pillow! And in my favorite yummy green color!

  56. Pat says:

    I love to see a contemporary twist on the traditional quilt patterns. I have been seeing this a lot. Quilters are taking these patterns to a new level by combining two, three or more in one design. Combine that with the fabulous fabrics with beautiful colors it makes for a winning combination.

  57. Jennie Wallick says:

    I love the design with the asymmetry of color. Its very 1968 looking. It could have been in my home as a child.

  58. Barb says:

    I seriously love this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  59. Tina says:

    I’m not very bold but maybe with these great ideas I will

  60. Beth T. in OR says:

    I really like the particular greens and blues you chose for the pillow–the clear blue rather than the teal or aqua we’ve seen so much of recently, and the almost-olive green, instead of the nearly neon limey green that is so popular. This pillow has more depth to it, and I think I could live with it a lot longer–which is great, because it is a classic.

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