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pillowcase #1 finished

All finished. Not much to say about it. You saw the top in the previous post. I quilted it along the chevron lines and across on the sides of chevrons. I usually end up quilting more densely than I plan, but I like it that way.

I used one of the striped sheets for the binding.And I made envelope opening in the back.

Now I will never have wrinkled pillowcases with pillow inserts half out anymore. This particular one might end up in the quest bed, just because I don’t have any pink linens, but I am going to make more. This is a perfect size for trying out patterns – you can finish up quickly and use it right away.

pillowcase #1

I continued to work on the chevron patterned pillowcase from the previous post, and I wanted to show you a couple of progress pictures. First, piecing…

It is quite simple: I sewed half chevrons row by row. See the first row on the top? I sewed 1.5 in strip between each half chevron and then sewed all the half chevrons in that row together. Repeat for each row. There is going to be another white strip between each row of full chevrons, so I took two of the rows I just finished in the previous step, added that little triangle at the end, and then sewed the rows together to make full chevrons.

Finally, I sewed 1.5 in strips between each row, and then all around (I needed that bit to make the top the size of a kingsize pillowcase). And the top was finished. This went really fast, except that I made some really airheaded mistakes so there was some seam ripping going on (which I really, really dislike) – I will blame it on the cold and the restless nights.

The top is done.

triangles -> diamonds -> chevron

I have an excuse for not doing what I am supposed to do and playing with fabrics. I have some weird cold with some awful weird cough which is so so during the day, but keeps me up at night so I am really tired. This… this is easy and relaxing. So what was I playing with? Again some slashing, or let’s call it deconstructing -> reconstructing.

This time I started with squares I had lying around for a few months. They were supposed to be made into a simple quilt but it just didn’t work for me. I tried laying the squares in different ways, but it was just… blah! But they were perfect for this little exercise. Furthermore, they were cut from vintage sheets, so no regrets…

OK, so…. I started with 4×4 in squares and cut them like so:

And them rearranged them into diamonds like so…

You could also mix them up and rearrange them into this (what is this shape called in ‘quiltese’?)

Let’s go back to the diamonds (I will do another quilt using these some other time)… I took all the squares I had and cut them in this way – half of them with the cut to the right, the other half with the cut to the left. Then I arranged them into a chevron pattern:

I forgot to mention… I was thinking of making this into a king size pillowcase. I have been thinking about quilted pillowcases for a while now. I have the regular kind for our bed, and I am never really happy with them. They are wrinkled (there is no way I will iron bedding, no time for that!), they come off the pillow (none of my pillowcases have buttons) – they just look sad. So why not a quilted pillowcase. With hidden buttons. So, to get the size I wanted, I needed to add one more row and make the rows a bit longer. So I pulled out more fabrics to get this (I actually cut all different squares – I like to do that if I can, not repeat fabrics):

Excuse the photo… I was working on these in the evening and I don;t have good light for better pics. Anyway, did I like it? NOOOO. To busy. Terrible. Then I thought what if I make each of the “arrows” from the same fabrics (two adjoining diamonds). So I picked out half of the diamonds I liked, and cut one more of each. Then I went to bed.

This morning I rearranged them again. And you know what? I like!