In the July 27, 2012 post I wrote about a bag of vintage fabric, a gift I received years ago from my mother-in-law’s friend. My friend and blog-follwer, Stacy, suggested I use the Grandmother’s Flower Garden blocks instead of allowing them to languish longer in the scrap bag.
Because of Stacy’s encouragement, I hand appliqued one of the hexie rosettes onto a 21″ square of light country print of a more modern era. My plan was to make a pillow for the lady who gave me the vintage fabric.
After hand appliqueing the rosette, I cut away the background fabric behind the rosette to facilitate hand quilting. The rosette is hand quilted with ecru thread. The background is machine quilted in a meandering design also with ecru thread.
From rudimentary internet research, I discovered that pillow forms are available in 18,” 16,” and 14″ sizes. So I trimmed the quilted pillow top to 19″ square; the extra inch is for the seam allowance.
On my worktable, I placed the backing pieces, right sides down. overlapping the hemmed edges in the center. If your backing fabric is directional as mine is, place the top/upper backing piece on the worktable first; then place the lower backing piece on top of the upper backing piece. The over-lapped backing pieces fit into a 19″ grid on my cutting mat.
Next I pinned the quilted pillow top, right side up, onto the pillow backing. I pinned the backing and top together around all four edges. You can baste or serge the pillow pieces together if you wish.
To finish the edges, I applied binding just as I would on a quilt. I cut 2 strips of dark red fabric 2 1/2″ x width of fabric. I joined them and pressed the long strip in half to make French double fold binding. I think the binding looks similar to piping or cording, and it’s much easier to apply. I machine stitched the binding to the front and hand stitched the binding to the back of the pillow.
Viola! One Grandmother’s Hexie Flower rescued from the scrap bag!