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Coastal Cuiser

With the decorations down, house cleaned, and laundry washed & folded, I was finally able to sit down in the sewing room and work on my first project of 2013: the Coastal Cruiser. This project took a bit more time that what I anticipated – I didn’t account for all the cutting and ‘quilting’ of the pillow itself, but it was well worth it because I love the end result.

The PDF was very straightforward – a good set of instructions even for a beginner although they do assume that you have some sewing background. I decided to use an applique stitch on my machine instead of straight stitching because I thought it looked neater and will keep the fabric from fraying so badly over time. However, when it came to quilting I did sew 1/2″ lines across the front and back of the pillow (I used the seam guide attachment to keep everything even, it’s a handy tool to have for your machine!), although I did not quilt over the applique design itself. I’ve decided that if I wind up making a second pillow, I’m going to have to use the BSR attachment for the background areas – it’s a perfect excuse to perfect my free motion quilting! The only complaint that I had with this project is a possible error that I found in the cutting directions: The instructions calls for the background and backing fabrics to be cut one side, but they are later referred to 1″ shorter. The fusible fleece has a similar problem (one is cut 18 x 8″), but it actually need to be 18 x 10″.

Overall, a great (free) pattern, beginner friendly, and perfect excuse to test out some quilting skills. I see more of these in my future (mostly because both kids have ‘claimed’ it as theirs)!

New Project, New Year

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful evening and I wish you a prosperous, joyous, and sew productive 2013!

Aside from marathon Lego building, I spent part of yesterday at a local quilt shop. Since I can’t seem to find Tula Pink’s Salt Water locally (I need just a handful of fat quarters to make the Coastal Cruiser pillow), I decided to do the next best thing – shop at a $1 fat quarter sale and match up my own set! While the selection had already been pretty picked over, I did manage to find enough fabrics to make one, blue pillow. Consequently, the Coastal Cruiser will be my first project of 2013 – provided I get a long enough stretch from helping Easton build Lego City for me to hop into my sewing room! What will be your first project of the new year?

Project Details:

Pattern: Coastal Cruiser Pillow by Tula Pink

Assortment of fat quarter from Hen Feathers

Materials & Cost:
Notions……..$1.49 & Stash