Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Freeform 2: All Angles Pillow tutorial

We made a third pillow using the Freeform 2 prints. The All Angles pillow uses freeform (ha!) piecing--you make four angled strips and sew them together. Fun and easy! 

Making the Fire & Ice Pillow:
You'll Need:
Fat quarter or 1/8 yard cut each of 10-12 assorted gray, orange and brown prints
1/2 yard muslin

1/2 yard of backing fabric
12" x 22" pillow form

From each of the fat quarters or 1/8 yard cuts:
(1) strip varying in width from 2" to 3"

From the muslin:
(4) 7" x 14" pieces

From the backing fabric:
(2) 14" x 18" pieces

Making the Pillow:
Note: You can trim strips to just longer than the muslin strip (14") as you position them for sewing. This is easier than sewing with a long tail! 
Step 1: Lay a strip right side up on one end of a muslin piece, making sure it covers the left end of the muslin. Note the left leaning angle. position a second strip on top, right sides together, aligning long raw edges. 

Step 2: Sew the strips to the muslin using a 1/4" seam allowance and press the second strip open as shown. 

Step 3: In the same way, position and add a third strip. You can vary the angle slightly as you add strips for interest, but make sure they all lean to the left. 

Step 4: Continue adding and pressing trips until the entire muslin piece is covered. Vary fabric strip width and color, and try to maximize contrast between your strip choices. Make a second left-leaning pieced strip. 

Step 5: Make a right leaning pieced strip in the same way, positioning the strips leaning in the opposite direction (toward the right at the top). 

Step 6: Make (2) right-leaning pieced strips. 

Step 7: Trim each pieced strip even with the muslin backing, so each measures 7" x 14". 

Step 8: Trim each pieced strip to measure 6" x 13". Position your pieced strip right side up and choose where to trim based on what looks best--you may choose to cut off more of one strip at one end then the other, for example. 
Step 9: Lay out the (4) trimmed strips into a row, alternating the angles as shown. 

Step 10: Sew the strips into a row and press the seams open to accommodate bulk. 

Step 11: Fold and press a short end of (1) 14" x 18" backing piece under 1/4". Fold and press under another 1/4" to created a finished edge and topstitch. Make a second backing piece. Lay pillow top right side up and position the backing pieces on top with right sides facing, matching raw edges and overlapping the hemmed edges. 

Step 12: Stitch around the outer edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Turn pillow right side out and insert the pillow form. 

Make all 3 of our Freeform 2 pillows! 
Find the owl pillow here.
Find the Fire & Ice pillow here
Find the All Angles pillow here.

See the entire Freeform 2 collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop. 


  1. I couldn't pick a favorite as all 3 are wonderful. Love the prints and beautiful colors.

  2. All three of these pillow patterns are marvelous and I look forward to making them all! Owls are one of my favorite animals and this one is wonderful with those big lovely eyes and the fantastic greys. The other two pillows are going to be fun to make with the brilliant oranges and greys, plus the fun patterns. Thank you so much for sharing these with us! Have a great day!

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