July 17, 2015

Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew


Christmas in July!! Thanks for stopping by for this months tutorial on Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew tour hosted by Fiona @ Celtic Thistle Stitches and Paula @ Mud Pies and Pins.  This month, both Martha @ Weekend Doings and I are both hosting a tutorial, check out her page for another idea and more giveaways! Most of us are officially sweltering in the summer heat, but here I am quilting for Christmas! Such a juxtaposition of thoughts right now; laying in the sun verses quilting. Last month ended by making a tree skirt for the Fat Quarter Shop. So keeping the Christmas theme going, I am making a pillow cover to go with the skirt. This year my house will be fully decorated! 



**For this project sew with a scant quarter inch seam and press all seams open. **

Materials & Cutting
- 18 inch pillow form
- (18)  green: 4.5 inch by 2.5 inch
- (36) low volume: 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch
- (1) low volume: 4.5 inch by 15 inch
- (1) brown: 1.5 inch by 20 inch
- (2) low volume: 2 inch 20 inch
- (2) linen: 2.5 inch by WOF
- (2) red: 2.5 inch by WOF 
- (2) backing; 20.5 inch by 15 inch
- (1) batting: 22 inch by 22 inch 
- Various buttons for decoration
- Red floss 

Directions



Start by creating the flying geese. Take a 2.5 inch square and go diagonally from corner to corner on one of the 2.5 inch by 4.5 inch green rectangles. Cut extra fabric on outside and iron open. Do the same to the other side. Complete this for all 18 flying geese. 

Next, sew the 1.5 inch brown strip to the 2 inch low volume strip, do the same to the other side. Sub-cut the strip into the following; 5.5 inch, 2.5 inch, 3.5 inch, and 7.5 inch pieces. These will become the tree trunks.

Sub-cut the low volume 4.5 inch by 15 inch strip into the following; 3.5 inch, 2.5 inch, 5.5 inch, and a 1.5 inch piece. 


Now to sew the pieces together.  Start with the flying geese.  Sew together 3 sets of 4 geese, and 1 set of 6 geese. On one of the 4 geese put the 5.5 inch trunk, and 3.5 inch low volume at the top. The set of 6 geese put the 2.5 inch trunk, and 2.5 inch low volume at the top. The second 4 geese put the 3.5 inch trunk, and 5.5 inch low volume top.  The last set of 4 geese put the 7.5 inch trunk, and the 1.5 inch low volume top. Once the four trees are assembled sew them together (you can chose any arrangement for this part).




Attach the 2.5 inch linen strips around the outside to create a boarder. The top should be 20.5 inches by 20.5 inches, you can now baste to the 22 inch square batting and quilt as desired. Sew buttons to the trees to create the look of ornaments on the tree or embroider different patterns to the trees.

For the back of the pillow, take the two 20.5 inch by 15 inch pieces and iron over a quarter inch twice and sew along the edge to hide the raw edges. Once this is done pin to the front piece using a an envelope enclosure. Tutorial here.

Last, make the binding. Take the two red 2.5 inch strips and sew them together. Iron seam open and fold in half to make the binding. Sewing around the perimeter. Hand or machine sew the binding down. Tutorial here. 

If you have any question please email, or comment.


This month's giveaway is hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop. The winner will win a mini charm pack, with over 60 to pick from there must be something for everyone. To enter the giveaway put your project on the link up below!

Also thank you to all the other sponsors who have helped us out this year ... 







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Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop


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If you make this tutorial or Martha's tutorial please link up!


-Patch & Chels

33 comments:

  1. I love So Frosty Quilt. And your pillows are so cute.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  2. I love So Frosty Quilt. And your pillows are so cute.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  3. HI, it is "So Frosty Quilt Pattern"! Love your pillows too!
    Thanks for your Blog+Giveaway! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  4. I'm loving your trees, I think because I'm drawn to flying geese these days.

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  5. I love the trees- I always enjoy decorations I can leave out for the entire winter, not just Christmas. Thank you! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  6. I love the nautical pillow tute the most!

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  7. Love, .love, love your trees! I'll pick the So Frosty Quilt Pattern by Ruth at Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner because of the quickness of the project.

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  8. I love the trees. Love that you could use these ones all year because of the colors! Quick and easy project.

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  9. So Frosty is my favorite. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  10. I love the Drawstring Gift Bag by Pam at Threading My Way - so useful and versatile :)

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  11. I love the Christmas Mice. They are too cute.

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  12. My favorite tutorial is the Christmas Stockings one.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  13. The Christmas mice are adorable. That's mt favorite!

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  14. The So Frosty Quilt really is lovely. I am going to have to vote for that one too. But I am definitely putting these pillows on my "to do" list!

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  15. I do love your trees, but I also love the Small Gift Bag Tutorial by Threading My Way...this is one that can be used any time of the year for any small gift.

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  16. Loving the tree tutorial. Thanks!

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  17. I like your tree tutorial and the Christmas Cushion.

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  18. I like the Christmas stockings but these trees are really cute. I might make a pair of pillows as gifts for a friend this year.

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  19. These are really lovely Chelsea, thanks for providing us with another great project for the Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew archive :)

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  20. I love this tree pillow. I want to make them for all my friends and family! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us! You are so talented!

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  21. I really love the So Frosty tutorial! It's so versatile, and just gorgeous! I really like the tree cushions too, but I think I'll make them in non-holiday colors for the nature lovers on my Christmas list. Keep the tutorials coming, because they're all great! dahlgren0609 at gmail dot com

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  22. Great tutorial Chelsea! I love the hand embroider details your added to the little trees. So pretty.

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  23. Oh my goodness! LOOOOVE the "So Frosty" Tutorial best so far!!! (but was hard to choose only one...all are Super too!)

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  24. I really liked the So Frosty pattern but it only seems Christmas if you choose the right fabrics, so I think yours is my favorite. I just love how you used embellishments to your advantage, especially the button on the top and the great hand embroidery. And don't get me started on the striped binding!! Just love it.

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  25. My favourite tutorial is the one for the drawstring gift bag by Threading My Way.

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  26. Two beautiful cushions, Chelsea!!! The hand stitching and the striped binding finish them off perfectly. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Pinning.

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  27. Eye-catching pillows! Nice fabric collection to use for this project.

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  28. Great tutorial Chelsea- love these and the buttons are a really lovely finishing touch!

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  29. Great cushions, nice tute - Chris :D

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