Friday, May 5, 2017

Free Podunk Posy Pillow pattern from Becky and Dean

Nothing makes my little ole heart sing like pictures in my inbox of projects made using my tutorials and patterns.  It's makes all the hours spent designing and writing them worth the effort.  About a week ago Becky contacted me sharing her sweet pillows made with my Podunk Posy Tutorial.  


I knew immediately I NEEDED to make one.  They are right up my alley in cuteness and springy decor.  


Well it's my block but not my idea and not my photos so I had to ask for permission to share her and her husbands creations....yes I said her HUSBAND.  Dean you are every quilters dream husband.  Your little pillow in the front looks fabulous!


Becky graciously supplied her cutting measurements with me.  Thank you Becky it saved me from more quilty math...not my favorite thing to do.  So below is her math.  You can use this to make a few pillows of your own.  First you'll need the directions for my Podunk Posy block that can be found by clicking HERE.  Make 2 of these blocks.

 After the blocks are made, add your sides, then the top and bottom borders.  The block should finish at 17 inches square.


Here's the back of one of  Becky's finished pillow cases.  


 This is how a I made my back panes using the measurements provided.  (2) 17 x 13 backing fabrics.  I pressed a double fold on one side of each of the 17" panels.  Then used my quarter inch foot to stitch the hem.

Here's where my pattern differs a bit from Becky's.  I made my Posy Pillow top and quilted it.  Becky did not.  Her instructions suggest you do a french seam.  You can find directions for making a french seam by clicking here.  Remember use Becky's measurements, not the measurements in the link provided.

Ok, I chose to quilt my pillow top before adding the back panels.  Then I layered on my pieces wrong sides together as shown in the next two pictures.



Secure them in place with a few pins all the way around.


Stitch about 1/8 of an inch away from the edge all the way around, securing the two pieces.


Next I used (2) 2.5 X WOF strips to add a binding just like you would if you were making a quilt.  
You won't need to look to hard to see my pillow top flaw.  Those stand out squares are what happens when you miss cut your fat quarter and use another one.  Same brand, same line of fabric but it must have been a different dye lot.   I couldn't see the color difference at 11 pm.  But it shined like the north star at 7 am then next day.  Oh well I decided to just continue on like nothing was wrong.  So here's another tip.... had I not made an error in cutting, the pillow top could have been made with one fat quarter for the background fabric.  Start cutting your largest pieces first.  I cut the borders first then all the pieces for the Podunk Posy blocks, starting with the larges pieces first.  


Now if I get tired of seeing this as a pillow the pillow form can be removed and it can be hung on the wall as a mini quilt.  First I think I'm gonna wash it, maybe those two patches will fade.  


Thanks again Becky and Dean!  You've made this spring so much more special!

To everyone else, here's a reminder.  If you make something using one of my tutorials or patterns please let me know and share your pictures with me via email.  It lets me know that all my time and effort making patterns is worth it.   Since I don't sell patterns the only thing that makes it worth my time and effort is your sharing.  I won't share any pictures here on my blog without your permission.  So if your bashful for whatever reason...you're safe with me.   But you shouldn't be bashful...I mean really...just look at my big error in the picture above.  To error is human.    

~Lea Anne ~




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7 comments:

  1. Lea Anne, let's just call those two block "characters". There seems to be one character in every garden and even most quilts! Your quilting to the pillow really makes a big difference and one I'd add too. Thanks for sharing the pattern from your friend!

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  2. what a lovely idea to make into pillows, so liking the binding on yours not thought to bind a cushion before but the next one I make will be bound.

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  3. So sweet! Off to pull out some stash.....and your binding method on the pillows is genius! Thanks to all 3 of you for sharing!

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  4. All of the pillows are just awesome, cute, and adorable all rolled together!

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  5. Thanks for sharing, so so cute!

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  6. Very pretty pillows! Perfect for spring. Thanks for sharing the "how to" instructions.

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  7. Such pretty, happy pillows! They truly shout Spring ~smile~
    Roseanne

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