September Entry for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

September Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

It’s all about the color lilac for the September entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge. That is such a pretty color and, since I have a fair amount of it in my stash, I didn’t need to go out and buy any new fabric.

Depending on who you talk to, that could be considered a good or a bad thing. It’s not a problem though, I’ll still find an excuse to go to the fabric store.

This month’s block was fairly simple to put together, but I definitely had to work on my points for the pinwheel center.

I find that it’s easier to get sharp points when I work with batik fabric, but that might be because I love working with it so much. Because it is a little bit stiffer, I think my points come out sharper.

Picking out the fabrics for this month was fun, especially the lighter lilac. The darker purple was a different story. With a fair amount of fabric to choose from, I couldn’t decide if it was too dark or not.

Ultimately, I’m really happy with the results. The block fits in well with the others.

I just can’t believe that there are only three months left for this challenge. It’s gone by so quickly.

I keep pulling out all of my blocks and trying to come up with a layout I like. One option in particular draws me in, but I have to wait until the last blocks are done before I make my final decision.

If you want to join in the fun, head over to the Pattern by Jen blog and check out all of the details.

So far it’s been a lovely challenge, with every color of the rainbow represented.

September Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

Here’s what I’ve done so far. Three more blocks to go, and I’m ready for them!

Pixelated Acorn Pillow Pattern

Pixelated Acorn Pillow Pattern

I think that autumn has to be my favorite season of the year. The temperature is usually nice, the leaves start turning those stunning shades of orange and yellow, and the holidays are right around the corner. When my fall décor comes out, the house is full of festive, comfortable looks. This year I’ll have this pixelated acorn pillow pattern to add to the mix.

In various shades of browns, this design would look good any time of year, but it really stands out in the autumn. Because of it’s large size, it fits well on a large sofa or bed, and can even be an accent piece on the floor.

As with all of my other patterns in this pixelated holiday throw pillow series, it is easy to make and is a great way to use up scrap fabrics left over from other projects.

Pixelated Acorn Pillow Pattern

Pattern specs:

  • Finished pillow case measures 22” square and will fit a 24” pillow insert (fits better with an insert that is not too thick)
  • A scant 1/4” seam allowance is used
Pixelated Acorn Pillow Pattern

Supplies you will need:

Front design of pillow case – Scrap fabrics cut into 2 1/2” squares (121 in all)

For the Front

  • Dark Browns – 22 squares
  • Medium Browns – 29 squares
  • Various shades of off-white, cream and light browns – 70 squares

For the Back

  • 2 pieces of fabric, both cut 22 1/2” X 16”
  • 24” pillow form – A flatter pillow insert is recommended
  • General sewing supplies

If you need pillow forms or more scraps, here are some options for you.

Step 1 – Lay Out the Design

On a large, flat surface, lay out your squares, following the pattern grid.

Step 2 – Prepare To Sew

  1. Organize the fabric rows carefully, so the squares do not get mixed up.
  2. First, cut 11 small pieces of scrap paper, number them sequentially, and set them aside.
  3. Next, start with the top row (row 1), pick up the squares in order from left to right, and form a stack of squares for that row. Make sure the left piece of the row is on top.
  4. Finally, take the scrap of paper with the number 1 on it and pin it through the stack for that row. Pin it in the top left of the square so you’ll know where the top corner is.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the rows.

Step 3 – Sew The Front

  1. Sew the individual squares together, row by row. Use care to keep them in the correct order. Leave the paper marker with the row number on it, pinned to the top left corner of the row so you know the positioning. Hint: When sewing the individual squares together I sew pairs together and put a pin in the left square so I know which way it gets joined to the other pair.
  2. After all of the individual rows are done, start sewing them together. Take care not to sew over the paper row number, but keep the labels in place until the front of the pillow case is done.
  3. Press the completed top. If you used the 1/4” seam allowance, your top should measure 22 1/2” X 22 1/2”.

Pressing tip: When piecing the individual rows, make sure to press each seam in the same direction and alternate that direction with each row. For example: Press row 1 seams to the right, row 2 seams to the left, row 3 seams to the right and so on. This will make it much easier to sew the finished rows together because you can nest the seams.

Step 3 – Prepare The Back

  1. Take one of the large pieces of back fabric and lay it, wrong side facing up.
  2. Fold over one of the long edges about 1/2” and press.
  3. Sew down the long edge.
  4. Repeat with the other piece.

Step 4 – Assemble The Pillow Case

  1. First, lay the completed front of the case on a flat surface, right side facing up.
  2. Then lay one of the back pieces, right side facing down, on top of the front piece, lining up the unfinished edges on the top and sides. The finished long edge will be in the middle of the pillow.
  3. Next, lay the second back piece, right side facing down, with the unfinished edges lined up on the bottom and sides. The finished long edge will be overlapping the other piece of the backing.
  4. Pin around the outside, pinning the front and back together.
  5. Sew around the outside, using a 1/4” seam allowance. For extra stability, backstitch along the edges of the opening of the case.
  6. Finally, trim off the corners.

Step 5 – Finish the Pillow

  1. Turn the case right sides out. Make sure to carefully push out the corners.
  2. Insert the pillow form.
Pixelated Acorn Pillow Pattern

Pixelated Acorn Pillow Pattern

Don’t worry, the squirrels won’t get this acorn. It’s way too big for them. But you’ll love it, and you’ll love that it’s so easy to put together.

So make some pumpkin spice coffee, grab a good book, and snuggle up with this whimsical pillow. You’ll be ready for whatever the season brings.

Pixelated Acorn Pillow Pattern

If you like this pixelated look for any holiday, take a look at my other patterns in the series. You’ll have a pillow all year round with these designs.

Holiday Pixelated Pillow Patterns

You can find these other patterns here:

Happy Sewing!

Witch’s Hat Pillow Pattern – Pixelated

Witch's Hat Pillow Pattern

I love it when Halloween rolls around. All of the spooky decorations I see everywhere make me smile and, as a result, make me want to create something fun for the holiday. If you follow my blog, then you know that I have been working on a series of holiday pillow cases. My Halloween contribution is this pixelated witch’s hat pillow pattern.

It’s fun and whimsical, and it adds a nice touch of festive décor to a room. Not only that, but it is easy to make and another one of my scrap buster projects.

You would think that with all of the fabric projects I’ve been doing, I would not have many scraps left, but that does not seem to be the case. That is ok though. I just have to make more fun projects.

If you are looking for a new throw pillow for your halloween décor, then think about giving this one a try.

Witch's Hat Pillow Pattern
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Unboxing Charm Squares

Unboxing Charm Squares - Create with Claudia

Can you guess what I got in the mail a couple of months ago? Well, if you check out this video of me unboxing charm squares you will see.

The Backstory

A couple of months ago I subscribed to a quilt magazine. Along with the fact that the magazine looked gorgeous, the allure was that a special offer of fabric was included. That clinched it and I subscribed. After a brief wait, I got a package containing all of the goodies. How exciting!

The Fabrics

Charm squares unboxed

The charm pack I got was from Hoffman fabrics, and wow, are they awesome. I just need to figure what I want to do with them.

The pack was made up of fabrics from three different collections, Paint Impressions, Dragonfly Dream, and LUXE.

As you can see in the video, while I can’t pick a favorite, some of the charms that really popped for me were the Pink Silver and Magenta Gold from the LUXE collection. In addition to those two, the Crocus, Caterpillar, Cobalt and Zinnia from the Paint Impressions collection were other standouts.

One of the things I really liked about the LUXE charms was that there were so many color options, and all of them had little touches of bling in silver or gold. I can see them being wonderful companion fabrics to all sorts of projects.

The Unboxing Charm Squares Video

This was my first unboxing video, so I’ll admit I was a bit nervous to do it. I’ve seen a number of them on YouTube and they looked like fun to make, so I thought this would be the ideal one to start with.

I felt like a kid in a candy store when I opened up the package. Not only was the magazine lovely, the fabric was a hit.

I’m glad I made the video of unboxing Hoffman charm squares, even though there are some glitches in it and I had to do a fair amount of editing. As a result, I’ve been inspired to do some more like it, so stay tuned!

Scrap Busting Quilt Block Tutorial

The Ultimate Scrap Busting Quilt Block #quiltblock #quilting

If you are a quilter, and you have lots of scraps, then you ought to give this ultimate scrap busting quilt block a try. It’s easy, fast to sew together, and a gorgeous way to make your fabric bin a little bit lighter.

If you follow my blog, you know that I’ve never met a scrap I didn’t like, and after 30 plus years of quilting, I have collected a bunch of them. This block was a great way to show them off, and they made a nice looking quilt.

About 12 years ago I made a king size quilt using it, and it is almost always on display in our guest bedroom. When I made it, I gave myself the following challenges.

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