Like so many people who craft, I have materials everywhere. I’m lucky enough to have a designated room to sew in, but it is jammed full. Every once in a while I go tearing through a drawer or cupboard and discover something I’d forgotten completely. The other day I rediscovered a few yards of Benartex Foundation by the Yard fabric. Have you heard of this before? I hadn’t. My friend Melissa and I found it during a Korean fabric shopping trip a couple of years ago and bought some because it seemed cool and the price was right.
It’s a pre-printed muslin panel. Each panel has 12 foundations for New York Beauty quilt blocks and complete instructions for how to piece them are printed along the sides of the panels. Apparently, Benartex makes these panels pre-printed with lots of classic quilt blocks. I’ve always done my foundation piecing on paper, but this works just the same way only the muslin stays on the back of your finished block. No picking bits of paper out of the seams? Sign me up.
I’d been wanting to make a pillow with a Valentine’s feel to it, so I decided to try making a few of these blocks in shades of pink and red.
I started with foundation block pieces:
I decided to use solid shades of pinks and reds for the points and text prints for the background.
Originally I was planning on making this a square pillow with four blocks forming a circle in the center, but I got to this point and had an idea:
About a year ago I bought a couple of down lumbar pillow forms for a pair of chairs in our family room. I never got around to making the covers I had planned. I liked this half circle so much (and – amazing – the measurements worked out) I decided to make covers using just 2 squares each for those instead of a big square. Lazy or brilliant? You be the judge.
I quilted in arcs on the background fabric using the edge of my walking foot as a spacing guide.
I added an invisible zipper and some backing fabric from my stash using this helpful tutorial.
And voila – a finished pillow!
The colors are right for Valentine’s Day, but I think I can get away with leaving it out a little longer!