Red Heart Pillow

Red Heart Pillow, Cluck Cluck Sew

Valentines Day is almost here!  I’ve been buying myself candy (and eating it all) for weeks in preparation for the big day.  😉  Really I just used Valentines Day as a good excuse to make a red and white heart pillow for my couch that I will probably leave out all year long.  

Red Heart Pillow, Cluck Cluck Sew

Nettie made a black and white version last year that I’ve had on my mind ever since…and you know how I love a pop of red.  

This fits a 20″ Ikea pillow form perfectly.   I made 16 of the 4″ finished heart blocks (from this tutorial), and put 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ strips in between each of the hearts to make the 4 rows, then 1 1/2″ x 19 1/2″ horizontal sashing strips in between the rows.  That makes the pillow top 19″ after sewing the back on with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  If you have a larger pillow form or a really firm 20″ form, you could add a white border around the whole thing before sewing the back on, but I like my pillows full so this worked perfect.  

Red Heart Pillow, Cluck Cluck Sew

I kept the quilting minimal with simple lines in the sashing 1/4″ away from the seams.  

Red Heart Pillow, Cluck Cluck Sew

This pillow was even husband approved…and for a man who hates Valentines Day that’s sayin’ something!  

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Thursday Things

Gypsy Cutting Gyzmo

A couple months ago I saw a post somewhere about this little purple thing for cutting units apart when chain piecing.  I love chain piecing…but I’ve noticed after years of quilting and working as a hygienist, all the repetitive snipping with little scissors make the tendons in my wrist a bit sore.

 Enter…The Gypsy Cutting Gizmo.   

Gypsy Cutting Gizmo

I love this thing.  I wish it was a bit shorter, but besides that it has cut my snipping time in half and my wrist doesn’t get sore anymore.  I tend to chain piece my units very close together, and I’ve yet to snip anything but the thread in between by accident.  I bought mine on Amazon but a quick google search also found them here and here.  

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I ordered a bit of this Park Life collection by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud 9 fabrics because I love that print up there.  Prints with multiple colors like it are my favorite.  I can always pull some coordinating basics and solids from my stash and have a stack ready to whip into a quilt!  The photograph makes the butterfly color look orange, but it’s actually a pretty rose coral color. 

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I’m trying to decide if it’s too early yet to make baby girl a quilt…but since I’ll probably make her at least 4 I might as well get started now! 

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Sophie has given up naps for good…so she has “quiet time”, which usually means she brings her sleeping bag and a pillow (she’s obsessed with her sleeping bag!), all her dolls, barbies, books, and kindle into my sewing room and sits at my feet.  

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She’s my favorite 3 soon-to-be 4 year old ever.  

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Skipping Squares in Dixie

Skipping Squares Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

As soon as I received my strike offs for this collection I knew I would make it up with this pattern.  I was so sick this fall I didn’t release any new patterns with this line, but re-vamped some old favorites instead.  Skipping Squares was one of my first patterns almost 6 years ago so it was fitting to remake it with this bright happy fabric line.  

Skipping Squares Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

 I’d forgot how quick and fun this quilt was to make.  It uses 10 fat quarters for a 51″ x 68″ quilt, but each fat quarter makes 5 blocks (not including the white) so it’s easy to re-size and make larger.  The pdf version of the pattern is on sale for $5 in my shop here.

Skipping Squares Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

I sent this to Kathy for quilting and told her to do with it as she pleases.  She did this amazing free hand straight line quilting, with the lines going different directions for each block.  I can’t wait to wash this one…the texture is amazing on it.  Thank you again Kathy!!

Skipping Squares Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

We got home yesterday from a week in CA visiting Disney.  This picture sums it up perfectly….one is cranky because I’m taking a picture, one is on day 3 of her raggedy Elsa costume, and one is just happy to be there.  I ate and waddled my pregnant self through Disneyland and it was awesome…but now I need a vacation from my vacation!  😉 

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Dixie for Windham Fabrics

Dixie for Windham Fabrics

Can you believe it’s the last week in January??  I’m so glad.  I’m all for skipping the rest of this winter stuff and moving straight into spring and summer!   Speaking of summer…I get to share with you my 4th fabric line for Windham Fabrics, Dixie!  

I knew this line was going to come out during the summer, unlike my other lines that have come out late in the fall.  So I went for bright and happy and summery!   I also wanted this line to coordinate really well with my previous line Hazel.  Dixie is more vibrant, more saturated, and has a little bit of Southern charm, but also goes well with Hazel.  

Dixie for Windham Fabrics

My favorite print to use so far has been the tile print.  It’s a versatile basic in colors that should blend perfectly into your stash.  There will also be 108″ wide backs using the tile print…and I loooove not having to piece the backing. 

Dixie for Windham Fabrics

This cherry print was based off a favorite feedsack fabric I’ve had for years.  I bought a swatch of it in Amish country at a swap meet when I lived in Ohio in 2008, and now it’s finding new life.  My Mom whipped out the cutest apron with it: 

Apron in Dixie for Windham Fabrics

Apron in Dixie for Windham Fabrics

I will have more Dixie and projects to share in the coming weeks and months, but for now I’m just happy to finally share with you this line.  If only our weather outside matched it!

  Dixie is available to quilt shops now through your Windham rep, and will be out in stores this summer.  

Sprocket Pincushion Tutorial, Cluck Cluck Sew

(pincushion tutorial found here)

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I Heart You Free Mini Quilt Pattern

I Heart You, Free Mini Quilt Pattern

I Heart You Mini Quilt, Free Pattern

 My husband is a little anti-Valentines Day, and I on the other hand am allllll over it.  I’ll take any reason to sprinkle red and pink hearts around my house and buy bags of juju cherry heart candies.  I thought about making this little mini last year when I wrote my tutorial for making heart blocks in multiple sizes.  Wouldn’t it be fun if the sizes overlapped a bit and made a cute mini quilt to hang or gift?  Yes…yes it would.  Too many hours later I wrote up a pattern, and now I’m finally sharing it with you!  It would also make a darling pillow.  

You can download the printable pattern by clicking the link below:  

I Heart You Mini Quilt Pattern

I Heart You Mini Free Pattern

If I made this again I would use more contrasting fabrics…or all solids maybe?  The aqua print heart disappears into the larger heart…so keep that in mind when choosing fabrics.  

That empty white space in the upper right was begging for some embroidery or fun quilting.  I almost embroidered “love” in the corner…then thought adding a heart in the quilting might be even better.  I traced a heart cookie cutter onto the fabric with a disappearing ink pen, then went over it twice with my sewing machine to trace the heart outline.  Then I quilted it normally, starting and stopping once I got to the edges of the heart.  I love how it turned out, and how it looks from a distance!

Heart in the Quilting, Cluck Cluck Sew

I Heart You, Free Mini Quilt Pattern

I hope you enjoy this little mini quilt pattern, and if you make one I’d love to see it!  Or tag me on instagram @cluckclucksew 

Happy really really really early Valentines Day!  

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