Dresden Butterflies Floor Pillow

Today is the last day of the Best of Moda Bakeshop Book Pillow Parade and I am excited to be bringing up the rear! We recently finished our basement and made a fun little reading nook under the stairs for our kids. We thought it would be fun to fill it with floor pillows and quilts (we have plenty of those!) to keep it a cozy space for our children to want to pass the time reading.

I chose to make a 24″ pillow using Add It Up and Alma by Alexia Marcella Abegg for Ruby Star Society for a beautiful, fall looking butterfly.

To make this pillow, you will need a copy of the Best of Moda Bake Shop book. In the book you will find the instructions to make my Dresden Butterfly quilt blocks. You will need 2 completed blocks to make this pillow and there are step-by-step instructions detailed in the book.

You will also need:

(2) 12 1/2″ background squares

(2) 17″ x 25″ pillow backing fabric

(1) 2 1/2″ x WOF strip of binding for the pillow backs

scrap batting 25″ square for the pillow front and (2) 18″ x 26″ for the pillow back

For the Pillow Front:

Sew the (2) 12 1/2″ background squares together with the dresden butterfly squares as shown. You will then need to baste this to the batting scrap as desired. For small projects I love spray basting. I quilted mine using Bernina stitch 4 to make this fun serpentine design that reminded me of wind for my butterfly to fly. Trim to 24 1/2″ square.

For the pillow back:

I very much prefer a quilted pillow backing. It adds extra comfort and stability and only a small amount of extra effort.

Baste the (2) 17″ x 25″ pillow backing fabric to the batting scraps, quilt as desired, and then trim to 17″ x 25″.

Press the 2 1/2″ x WOF strip of binding in half, with wrong sides together (just as you would to bind a quilt). Bind one raw 25″ edge on each of the pillow backs that measure 17″ x 25″. You can do this by hand, machine, big stitch, whatever binding you prefer for this project.

For Pillow Assembly:

Place the pillow top right side up and the pillow backs right side down. Align the raw edges of the pillow backs along the top and bottom raw edge of the pillow front. Pin, Pin, Pin and sew all around the edge using a 3/8″ seam. I prefer to use my walking foot for this step to deal with extra bulk. Switch to a zig zag stitch (stitch 2) and zig zag around the raw edge of the inside seam.

Flip the pillow right side out, gently poke out the corners, and give it a good press. Fill with a 26″ pillow form and you have yourself a new, comfy floor pillow.

For those of you that have missed the other pillow tutorials, please check the hashtag #bestofmodabakeshopbook on instagram for the other participants.

Half-Square Triangle Quilt in Create Fabric (free tutorial!)

I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for a good way to use up small-ish cuts of fabric in a meaningful way. If you have just (10) fat quarters or (10) 1/4 yard cuts as well as 2 yards of background fabric, I have the quilt for you! This quilt finishes at 60″ x 72″ and is the perfect size for a nice snuggle quilt and it really only requires that much fabric!!!

For this quilt, I used the amazingly saturated and beautiful line of fabric by Riley Blake Designs debut designer Kristy Lea of Quiet Play. She is known for her amazing foundation paper piecing patterns and a love of all things gradient and rainbow. This fabric line is exactly what I would expect her to design, in the best way. Bright. Vibrant. FUN!

I used 10 different prints from Create as well as Blossom Rainbow (C730-Rainbow) for this fun quilt.

To start your quilt, you’ll need to cut out your fabric.

Cut (10) 7″ x width of fabric (WOF) squares of background

From each fat quarter or 1/4 yard, cut (6) 7″ squares

Once your fabric is cut, mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 7″ square of background fabric

Sew 1/4″ away from the center on BOTH sides, then cut down the drawn line to separate the half-square triangles (HSTs).

Press to the print side, then trim each HST to 6 1/2″. I love my Bloc Loc ruler when it comes to trimming HSTs. It saves my sanity every single time.

Arrange the HSTs into vertical rows of 12 triangles, sew the HSTs together into rows, then sew the rows together into a top. It really does feel like magic to make such a useable size quilt from such a small amount of fabric!

I backed this quilt in a Kaleidoscope Riley Blake print in Shamrock. I wanted to deviate from my norm (pink) and I love the vibrant hue of this backing. Kristy smartly designed some stripes that make for a perfect binding. Look for Create to hit your local quilt shop or favorite online shop soon!

Spread a little Joy with Cricut Joy Insert Cards

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

This is such a weird, weird time in our lives right now. Many of us are feeling isolated, at home with family, some are alone. Life feels a bit overwhelming if we let it. It’s hard to get out of my own way and help others at times. I am so excited to share a fun project I made on my Cricut Joy with you today.

Cricut Joy is the newest (and smallest!) addition to the Cricut machine family. It is amazing what such a small machine can do! My family and I have had a fun time playing with it and doing different things over the past month. Today I’m going to share with you how to make a complex looking card which is actually quite simple, thanks to the Cricut Joy. Here’s what you’ll need:

Cricut Joy

Cricut Joy Card Mat

Cricut Joy Insert Cards, Princess Sampler

Cricut Joy Metallic Markers

Cricut Joy Starter Tool Set (if you have tools from a different Cricut machine, those will work just great)

Cricut Joy Tote (this is obviously optional, but it is SO wonderful for storing your Cricut Joy!)

To begin, you’ll need to set up your Cricut Joy and link it to your phone or iPad or tablet or computer via Bluetooth. This is extremely easy and Cricut has done a great job of including instructions on how to do that with the actual Cricut Joy packaging. You will also want to make sure you have downloaded Cricut Design Space, which is where you will find Cricut Joy insert card ideas and files for cutting.

Once in Cricut Design Space, you will want to filter the results in alllllll of Cricut Design Space to just those for “Cricut Joy Insert Cards” as shown in this screenshot.

I chose to make 3 different cards which I sent to 3 different people on the frontlines of this COVID-19 fight. For my NP neighbor, I made the “Hearts Rising” card. For my paramedic/firefighter neighbor, I made the “Out of this World”card. For my dear police officer friend, I made the “You Are My Hero” card. All 3 were incredibly easy to cut out and make. If you haven’t made any cards on the Cricut Joy yet, I recommend reading this awesome how-to created by the folks at Cricut to show you the process.

Remove the film on the Cricut Joy Card Mat, then place insert the plastic in between the two layers of your card. Push down on the front of the card so it adheres to the sticky part of the plastic. 🙂

For this demo, I made the “You Are My Hero” card. Choose that file in Cricut Design Space, and click “Make It” in the lower right hand corner. You will then be prompted to make the card, which does require you to start off with a Cricut Joy maker in the housing. I used a black marker, but a metallic marker would make this card stand out even more!

Once the machine is done drawing the outlines of all of the letters, it will prompt you to change out the marker and insert the blade. From there, the Cricut Joy will take over and cut this awesome card out for you. Use your tools to carefully weed all of the excess cardstock and then remove the card from the cutting mat.

Now comes the fun part! Insert the holographic piece behind the cutout, write your message inside, and voila! We are hooked on making card with the Cricut Joy. My boys picked out family members and sent them cards. You could send card to a nursing home nearby and thank the staff for their work. You could send a card to anyone. We all need a little Joy in our lives right now and sending a card can be that pick-me-up someone needs!