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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  1. Congratulations for these original Valentine's pillows! You have your own style, that's clear! Thank you for the pattern!

  2. Matching throw pillows! Yes, that’s an absolutely great idea for valentines! I imagine these are nice decorations on bed or a nice couch. And wow, what an amazing needlework. I like how curvy it is for the “Her” pillow but geometric for the “Him” pillow. The feminine and male contrast is just there. Cheers.

    Melissa Robinson @ PillowPerfect

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