The other day, surfing through blogs, I found this amazing quilt. I immediately thought of all of the scraps of LouLouThi I had left over from cutting charm packs for our etsy shop. This turned out to be a super quick and easy project and I am so proud of it, that I thought I would share the ‘how-tos’ of it with you.
60 (ish) 1-3″ x 5″ scraps OR 1 LouLouThi charm pack with the charms sliced into two pieces (not in half)
6″x WOF piece of solid fabric (I used Kona White)
21″ square of batting
21″ square of fabric for pillow front backing
EITHER a 20″ square of solid for back of pillow & an 18″ zipper OR (2) 20″x14″ pieces of fabric
Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
Scissors, pins, thread, iron and spray starch
First, I trimmed off my selvedges, and began to lay out my scraps. Lay out your first two scraps just like this:
Continue to lay all of your scraps out until you have 19-20 in a row. I tried to make sure that my rows didn’t have repeats, but I don’t think a repeat would make too much of a difference in the finished product. If, like me, you have chubby logs and skinny logs, try and make sure that the right and left sides are balanced so that your arrows roughly point down the middle. If all of the chubby logs are on one side, your arrow will tilt.
Once you have them all laid out, stack them carefully with the bottom right log on top and each subsequent log underneath ( or whatever system works for you ) Take them in a neat pile to your sewing machine and sew the first two ‘logs’ together like this to form your first point:
Keep adding logs in alternating directions, just as they were laid out on your cutting mat
For me, I liked the way it looked to sew all of the seam allowances towards the points. And it made ironing all of those seams a breeze. And I hate ironing, so anything that makes it easier is a good thing in my book!
Once you have your 20 logs sewn into a strip of points, repeat until you have 3 strips of points. Press seams towards the points. Lay out on your cutting mat and trim off the extra triangles. You will want to trim it until you have a strip 5″ wide by 18″ long.
I tried to line up the points in my ruler, but it is much more important to have a 5″ wide strip than a strip with points perfectly in the middle.
Once you have trimmed all three of your point strips, it is time to cut your 6″ piece of solid into
(4) 2″ x 18″ strips
(2) 2″ x 20″ strips
Once that is all assembled, your pillow top is done! Yay! Now, layer the backing, batting and pillow top together, baste and quilt as desired. I just did some simple outlining and meandering in the solid. I chose not to quilt the arrows due to the degree of busy-ness already there. Please, feel free to quilt this however your heart is singing for you to do it. Hopefully, this kind of shows how I did mine:
Now, just trim down the front and finish in the style that is most comfortable for you. I added a zipper to the bottom and just used a 20″ piece of kona white for the back.
Now, if you have stuck with my first ever tutorial this long, I think you deserve something. Leave me a quick comment and one lucky reader will get enough LouLouThi scraps to make their very own ‘Pointed n the Right Direction’ Pillow. Just let me know where you are writing to me from.