I have been having a lot of fun with the Winter Nights Sew Along and thought it would be great to have a matching pillow when I am done with the quilt. So that is just what I have done!
If you would like to make one too, here is how I did it.....turn to page 33 in the Winter Wonderland book and we will get started!
48 half square triangles from Winter Nights Part 2.
One fat 1/4 for background.
3/8 yd for the main star fabric.
One fat 1/8th for the star center accent fabric.
1 1/4 yd for backing.
20" pillow form.
22" square of muslin.
22" square of light batting.
From background fabric~
*Cut (4) of unit B.
*Cut (4) of unit C.
*Cut (2) 2" X 12 1/2" strips.
*Cut (2) 2" X 15 1/2" strips.
From the main star fabric~
*Cut (8) of unit H.
*Cut (4) of unit I.
*Cut (8) of unit J.
*Cut (4) 1 3/4" squares.
*Cut (2) 1 3/4" X 18" strips.
*Cut (2) 1 3/4" X 20 1/2" strips.
From star center fabric~
*Cut (1) of unit F.
*Cut (8) of unit G.
From backing fabric~
*Cut (2) 20 1/2" X 32 1/2" rectangles.
*Sew up one of the star blocks as show in the book on page 34 & 35.
*Stitch 2" X 12 1/2" background strips to both sides of your star block. Press.
*Stitch 2" X 15 1/2" background strips to both sides of your star block. Press.
*Grab 48 of your favorite half square triangles that we made from the star blocks in the sew along.
If you didn't make the half square triangles in the sew along, you can get the instructions for them HERE.
*Now stitch together (2) of the little half square triangles.
Make 24 of these.
A quick note...I re-ironed 24 of the seams to the other side so they nested together better when I sewed them.
And then I ironed the center seam open.
Stitch 6 of these units together and stitch the unit rows to the sides of the star block.
Stitch 6 more units together with (2) 1 3/4" main star fabric squares.
Stitch these pieced strips to the top and bottom of the star block.
Stitch 1 3/4" X 18" main strip to sides of star block. Press.
Stitch 1 3/4" X 20 1/2" main strip to top and bottom of star block. Press.
Layer your star block with the muslin and light batting.
Quilt as you wish.
I used a squiggly line that is a specialty stitch on my machine.
When you are done quilting, baste around all the edges of the star block and trim excess fabric/batting.
With wrong sides together, fold 20 1/2" X 32 1/2" backing rectangles in half. (Now measures 20 ½" X 16 1/4".)
With right sides together, pin backing flaps to pillow, overlapping folds and matching rough edges.
Stitch around pillow.
Option if you want squared up corners~
Before turning your pillow right side out, (right sides together) match the side seam with the other side seam.
Stitch across corner, 1/2" down from the point.
Repeat with all other corners.
Trim excess from all corners.
Turn pillow right side out and press.
Insert pillow form.