Thursday 29 January 2015

Love Thoughts - Valentine Embroidered Patchwork Pillow - Free Pattern

It's the end of January and I have spent about half of it pondering, drawing and sewing for this Valentine themed project. It came out one Heart Quilt Block and two Embroidery Designs: one for Her and one for Him.

 Trying to suggest rather than explicitly show, I decorated "his" heart with straight lines and "her" heart with curved lines. My favorite source of inspiration - as always, Romanian needlepoint stitches.

An important mention: it is a quick project. It takes just a few hours to sew it, including the embroidered heart.
I equally thought about embroiderers and quilters: I made the two designs applicable both for embroideries and quilting designs. As you will see below, they are forgiving designs.They don't require perfection.

If you want to add a fresh look to your Valentine gifts, give it a try!

Please respect my work - Note that this pattern and designs are for individual use only. Not for resale. If you show them on your blog, site, Pinterest, Flickr..., don't forget to add the link back here, on my blog.

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

Finished size: 14" x 14"
All seam allowances are ¼".
Press the seam allowances toward the dark fabric unless otherwise stated.
Read through all instructions before you begin.

Materials requirements

For the pillow front:
-Fabric A (mine is gingham): ¼ yard
-Fabric B (mine is solid): 1/4 yard
-Batting: 15" x 15"
-Cutaway or Tear-away stabilizer: 9" x 9" (for embroidery)

For the pillow back:
-Fabric for 14 1/2" square, buttons or zipper, according to your preferences.

Cutting Instructions

 Fabric A

Cut one piece of each:

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

 Fabric B
Cut one piece of each:

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

Sewing Instructions

Use illustrations bellow as a layout guide:

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

8) Add the border

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

9) Print the embroidery design

For each of the two designs follow the same steps:
Right-click on the image. Select "Save as..." and save it on your computer. Print it in the original size. Measure the 1" square to verify if the scale is correct. The drawing fits on a single page. It doesn't matter if the print is a bit smaller or bigger as long the heart outline fits the background heart pieced block.

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork
"His" Embroidery design
Valentine Embroidered Patchwork
"Hers" Embroidery design

10) Transfer the design onto the pillow front using a water-soluble pen.

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

11) Add the embroidery  - optional step!
To prepare to embroider spray a piece of stabilizer with temporary adhesive on the wrong side of the pillow front and smooth the fabric on top. You don't need a hoop.

For "His" design I used the applique foot that gave me a large field of visibility.
I chose two standard stitches of the sewing machine: satin stitch for the outline and straight stitch for the inside design.

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

For "Hers" design I used the applique foot for the outline and the free motion foot for the inside design.

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

Once the design is finished trim away the excess stabilizer on the back.

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

12) Quilting the pillow front

If you stitched the embroidery - Center the pillow front with its wrong side on the piece of batting. You don't need backing. Quilt the rest of the pillow front as desired.

If you did not embroider  - stitch through both layers quilting first the traced heart pattern. Quilt the rest of the pillow front as desired.

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

Wash the pillow front to get rid of pen traces.
While it dries prepare the pillow back.
Join the front and the back together.

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

Valentine Embroidered Patchwork

Enjoy my pattern and designs!
I would be very happy to see they are useful.

Short note for my newsletter subscribers
As I promised at the beginning of 2015, I will send you a monthly illustrated calendar to use it by printing or save it on your computer.
In the next newsletter (which you will receive in a few hours) I will send you the February free calendar. I hope it will bring a bit of joy in these grey winter days!

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

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Sunday 11 January 2015

Small and Large

Tip-Using large thread spools at a small sewing

I have a small sewing machine and I work in a small sewing space. My actual sewing table was my son's desk. He doesn't need it anymore but I do.
My sewing machine works only with small spools of thread.
Some time ago I bought a cone of a thick thread because I liked it but when it came time to use it, I couldn't. Where and how to place it?
Of course, I asked Google a little help and I picked some ideas to make a thread stand.
But any of them would have required time to gather the parts. I needed the stand right there - even then!

So I placed the thread cone in a cup and I pulled the thread through the thread guide of the sewing machine. I started to sew. The thread was too tensed. Conclusion: I needed an extra hook.

Tip-Using large thread spools at a small sewing

 But when I wanted to go to look for a wire, I saw right before me the drawers handles. I pulled the thread first through the closest handle and then through the thread guide of the sewing machine. Surprise: it worked!

I'm so happy that it proved that my small space has advantages, not just disadvantages.
Now I can use large thread spools at my small sewing machine on my small workspace.

Have a beautiful week, my dears!


Tuesday 6 January 2015

A new beginning

My list of projects for 2015 is still in the process of being completed.
These days I'm trying to upload what I want to work this year, in the most realistic manner.
Don't worry, I will not bore you with another resolution for 2015! It's for my eyes only.
In the meantime I began to make some small things using what I have on hand.
The first one is this vinyl bag.

My other vinyl-bag-experiences ended bad. I have told myself that I will never try to sew vinyl. My sewing machine doesn't like it at all, whatever foot I have tried on it.
I did not forget this but I just needed a winter bag for my mom and I wanted to experiment with an idea.
I thought about how to trick my sewing machine in order that the foot would not touch the right side of the vinyl. So I came up with the idea to applique decorative fabric strips along the zippered opening.

From this I went on and I placed a few strips on the bag front to brighten it up a little. I had a little patch of painted fabric that I worked only to finish some remains of paintings used for a project. I cut it and sew the strips in place with free motion stitches.

For the handle I didn't have enough textile fabric. I struggled to sew the vinyl as nice as I could, but it came out quite ugly.
I will try to make another bag combining vinyl and fabric having in mind what I have learned making this one.

Have a Beautiful Year, my dears!

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