I think it's pretty obvious that I like a pillow (cough, cough my book.), so... of course I accepted the fabulous invitation to participate in this hop!! A huge thanks to Miss Amy for thinking of me and wanting me to play along! Kiss, kiss lady!!
Okay… now let's talk pillow for minute, k! Pillows are rad for a really great reason… you can try out a pattern before actually committing your time & finances to a larger project and before you know it you're going to want to pull out your hair half way through it. I think you can all relate, or we wouldn't all have those damn WIPs laying around everywhere, right! Right.
So, I took that very advice to heart with this hop and tried out a new (actually it's SUPER old) pattern and gave it a modern twist. Hence… The Scrap Fan!! Grandmother Fan's are a traditional pattern that caught my eye recently and I knew if I didn't just make one, it'd bug the shit out of me. So, one I did!
I will ONLY be posting links to the main portion of this pattern... as to not waste my time or disrespect the original blogger's post by rewriting a perfectly good tutorial. I'll will be addressing what I changed to keep this project on target for the goal only, a pillow with a scrappy twist. Okey dokey peeps… here we go!
Please read this tutorial before reviewing my additions to it.
Printing off your template from this link.
See the template with a "F" on it?… throw that crap away! It was dumb and I liked the original tutorial much better for beginners!! Way less tricky! Trust me!!
Now grab some of those endless scraps! Sew a group of them together, trim and press. Remember, wonky's nice sometimes and this is one of them!
Using your template cut your first fan out!
Already, have some pre-made strips in your scrap piles, use that shit!
Just keep at it until you have the 8 fans that the pattern calls for. I made a rainbow with mine. I never do that, make rainbows. LOL I'll probably, be shipping this pillow off. :P
Now, here's where things got interesting. I like where the original tutorial had this block become appliqué, so I stuck with that theory… but I cut my block backing to 10" X 10". I then stitched my fan onto it by using a zig zag stitch as suggested.
I then trimmed my appliquéd block down to 9" X 9". Nice and crisp.
Your actually done with your "Scrappy Fan" portion of this tutorial, but if you'd like to continue onto making a pillow top (raise your hands peeps!) Then cut (2) 9" X 9" and (2) 9" X 20" pieces of background fabrics. Sew the (2) square pieces first using 1/4" seem allowance. Then the rectangle pieces. Feel free to fold your rectangles in half to create a guide for yourself to center your strips!!
TaDa! Now trim your pillow top down to 18 1/4" square.
I used the "9" as my center point on the mat to secure that my fan was centered.
and Boom! There is my Scrappy Fan pillow top!!
I then pulled it off my design wall real fast like (I was excited)… sandwiched it, quilted it, attached a simple envelope back and then patted myself on the back. I was very proud of my "rainbow moment" Haha!!
And that's it!! I'm definitely thinking I'd like a quilt out of these babies. They were pretty fun to make and you could really use up a large amount of scraps on one fo sho!! Hope you liked my spin on a traditional classic!! Want more pillows??… Check out these other cool kids and their designs!!