Work in Progress-Popsicle Pillow

Popsicle Pillow Applique

I took a break from my bigger projects to work on a summer-themed project this week.

Popsicle Pillow Applique

Don’t you love popsicles in the summer?

Popsicle Pillow Applique

For this little pillow, I cut out the simple shapes and tacked them down with a little glue.  I layered the fabric on a piece of light-weight batting before zig-zag stitching around the raw edges.  This is a very informal way to appliqué.  I use it for experimental pieces and for quick, casual projects.

Popsicle Pillow Applique

Popsicle Pillow Applique

Once the pieces were appliquéd, I did a little free motion quilting to complete the pillow top.  (See The Circle free motion quilting tutorial HERE)

Popsicle Pillow Applique

Popsicle Pillow Applique

I will finish this pillow with piping and a simple quilted back…

Popsicle Pillow Applique

Sweet dreams!   (or sweet Dreamsicles!)

Lori

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Tuesday Tutorial-The Double Heart-Leaf Vine

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, Double Heart Leaf Vine

Good morning, Quilters!  I hope you had time to try last week’s tutorial:  The Heart-Leaf Vine.

The Heart-Leaf Vine is a pretty motif and can stand alone in any quilt.   Today’s pattern, The Double Heart-Leaf Vine is a very full pattern.  It would look great down the center of a table runner, on the border of a pillowcase, or in a row of any quilt.  So let’s get started…

This is a “four-pass” motif.  In other words, you will stitch down the length of your quilt four times to complete the full design.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, Double Heart Leaf Vine

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, Double Heart Leaf Vine

Begin by drawing three lines.  The first line is the “baseline“.  The second line is one inch away from the baseline.  The “top line”  is 1-1/2 inches away from the baseline.

The first “pass” is the simple Heart-Leaf Vine--stitched in last week’s tutorial (HERE)

I added a small mark every inch along the baseline-to mark the midline of each leaf.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, Double Heart Leaf Vine

The motifs are quite close together, but not touching.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, Double Heart Leaf Vine

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, Double Heart Leaf Vine

For the “second pass“,  flip the quilt over so the “top line” is now the “baseline”.

The motif is stitched in exactly the same manner as before–tucking the top of the leaf into the space created by the first row of leaves.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, Double Heart Leaf Vine

Passes Three and Four are echo-quilt stitching of the outer scallops.  These passes are very simple and quick, but give the motif a much fuller, richer look.

Even though each heart is not perfect…the overall look is pleasing.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, Double Heart Leaf Vine

I hope you will give this lovely pattern a try the next time you need a border.

PS–Stitched with Sulky 40 wt thread and with a size 80 Quilting needle.  My new threads just arrived and I can’t wait to experiment! (Read more about threads HERE.)

PPS–All tutorials and photos are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  For any commercial purposes–please contact me directly.

PPPS–If anyone knows anything about publishing a workbook of quilt motifs—you know where to find me!