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:
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.