This year I personally invited some of my favorite, creative and inspiring quilters to share their creativity and knowledge here. I’m so excited to see what they create and share! This adorable heart pillow by Amanda (in the gorgeous Liberty Lawns, no less!) will inspire you to create something pretty in time for Valentine’s Day – or to keep out year round!
A few years ago, our little shop had just started our Liberty of London Tana Lawn Monthly Fabric Club. Our club was the first of its kind and up to that point, Liberty Lawn had been a little bit tricky to source in the US. I had been hoarding scraps I bought on Etsy and after the first two installments of our club, enough reds and pinks had appeared in my stash that I could make this 18.5” pillow. Now, our club is in its fourth year and to celebrate I’ve actually. written. down. the pattern so you can make this pillow too!
Whether you are a longtime fan of Liberty of London or it’s only recently caught your attention, Liberty has come out with their very best collection yet for the 2018 Spring season. Our Liberty club delivers 10 of the very best prints from the new collection each month right to your door. Each month we pride ourselves on choosing the best of Liberty’s hundreds of new releases.
We’d love to have you join us for 2018. We have sizes ranging from fat sixteenths to fat quarters! You can find more details about our Liberty of London Tana Lawn club here. And just for readers of Diary of A Quilter, you can take 10 percent off your first month’s shipment through January 15th with the code DIARYOFAQUILTER! Free shipping for life, no commitment, and beautiful fabrics in your mailbox each month. It’s pretty much the perfect way to build your Liberty Lawn stash!
Now, the long awaited Hexagon Heart Pillow Tutorial!
To start, you’ll need to gather your supplies. You’ll need at least
- 47 pink and red 1.75” hexagons (the sides should be cut 1.75”),
- freezer paper (you can find it at your local grocery store)
- 80/10 machine needle
- an 18.5” square of mochi dots linen, batting & backing,
- 24” x 19 inches for the back of the pillow,
- zipper (optional – for the back of pillow)
- pink embroidery thread
- 80” of binding.
- normal sewing tools, scissors, needles, thread etc
Once your supplies are gathered and your hexagons are cut, you’ll want to piece your hexagons together. I pieced mine by machine and I highly recommend this method. There are quite a few great tutorials on youtube on how to tackle this. (Here is one about machine piecing Hexagons from Red Pepper Quilts. Another one on YouTube here.)
Sew your hexagons into rows. You need two rows of three, two rows of four, two rows of six and three rows of seven. Lay them out as shown and just stitch them together. Easy peasy!!
(If you’re feeling intimidated by piecing the hexagons, you could piece a simple patchwork squares piece to use for your heart insert – which would look just as cute!)
Now, grab your freezer paper and trim it into an 18” square. Fold it in half with the shiny side in and trace a heart 16” tall and no more than 7” wide from the fold. Cut it out with the paper folded so your heart is symmetrical. Center and iron your freezer paper to the linen with the shiny side down. Trim out the center of the linen leaving a half inch seam allowance.
Clip the seam allowance all the way around, and using a glue stick and an iron, press the seam allowance back over the freezer paper.
Center the heart right side up over the Liberty Lawn hexagons and pin carefully around, making sure everything is flat and tight, (not tight like a drum, but without waves).
Using an 1/8” seam allowance stitch all the way around the heart. Once you’ve got the two pieces stitched together, rip out the paper from the back of your pillow front.
I straight line quilted this pretty pillow and then used a hidden zipper on the back. In my experience, zippers make square pillows. If you’re more comfortable with an overlapping back you can do that too.
Thanks so much for the beautiful pillow tutorial, Amanda! Now I really want to make one of these!! To see more of Amanda’s work, visit her beautiful blog: A Crafty Fox.