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Inspired by Elisa Pillow Case

This pillow case is removable and washable!

Elisa’s post on her circle quilt (https://hoecakesandhemlines.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/circle-quilt-so-cute-so-easy/ ) inspired me to try a pillow case.

I started with some a 14×14 pillow form I purchased a Joann’s ( http://www.joann.com/soft-n-crafty-pillow-14×14-/xprd985854/ )

I had some fabric (purchased at Cabbage Rose http://www.cabbagerosequilting.com/ )that was screaming for me to do something with it.  I’ve had someone in mind for this fabric, I just couldn’t quite find the right project to use it in.  Finally it came to me!

I cut two 4″ circles and one 6″ circle using my handy-dandy Easy Circle Cut (purchased at Joann’s http://www.joann.com/search/_easy_circle_cut/ )

Easy Circle Cut

Easy Circle Cut

I put some heatnbond lite on the back (also purchased at Joann’s http://www.joann.com/search/_heatnbond_lite/ ).

Heatnbond Lite

Heatnbond Lite

Added some Warm & Natural cotton batting (Joann’s http://www.joann.com/search/_warm_and_natural_cotton_batting/ ).

Added cotton batting

Added cotton batting

Ironed those on to the main body of the pillow case.

Ironed to main fabric

Ironed to main fabric

Stitched around each circle

stitch

stitch

Stitch around circle

Stitch around circle

All Circles Stitched

All Circles Stitched

Added some binding I had left over from another project to the edges of the pillow case to make them stronger and I liked the colors and sewed the top and bottom seams closed.

Pillow case back

Pillow case back

Completed pillow case front

Completed pillow case front

Added binding

added binding

This pillow case is removable and washable and ever so cute!

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Circle Quilt — SO CUTE! SO EASY!

This is going to be such an easy tutorial. So easy I’m listing it out in number format: (Now I’m also assuming you have basic quilting skills, which is pretty much all I have. Barely.)

1. Take one yard of fabric, a quilting cotton of course;

2. Cut different sized circles out of your complement fabrics.  Feel free to fussy cut like I did the little cowgirl in the middle. Use your circle cheater template.  No need to make this complicated.

Stole this cowgirl from a pair of my daughter's pajamas. I'm sure she is wondering whatever happened to them.

3. Cut corresponding circles of my favorite product ever, Heat N Bond Lite. Iron them to the back of your fabric circles.

4. Figure out how you want your circles laid out. Peel off the paper backing and iron them on.

5. Machine stitch (or hand stitch if you’re all Fancy Pants and like to make things difficult) around the edges of the circles.  For this quilt I used a zig zag stitch around each circle.

6. Make your backing.  I used some scrappy squares.

7. Take it to my awesome quilt guy — Jerry at Cowtown Quilter — http://www.cowtownquilter.com. Or you can take it to your own awesome quilt person. (This quilt was cute to begin with — but the quilting he did made it WOW).

I mean, look at this. Amazing.

8. Bind as you wish and you’re done.

I love this technique because:  I don’t have to worry about how straight my piecing is. And I don’t have to iron much because we all know how I hate ironing anything.  And I love a project that comes out looking like I just killed myself getting it done, but really, I was doing most of this while watching those nuts on Doomsday Bunkers. Questions welcome!

Scrappy backing.