Monday, March 28, 2016

Free "Country Square" pillow pattern...


When Lecien sent me a bundle of their soon to be released "American Country" fabrics I knew immediately that I wanted to create a design based on my favourite patchwork block, the Churn Dash.

After drawing a 9-patch grid for the centre square I sketched some small applique shapes for eight outside squares whilst adding a fabric square to middle.

If you'd like to make your own version of the "Country Square" pillow download the free applique templates from here in my shop.

Cut yourself a 9" square of fabric to trace the design onto, and after fusing the applique shapes in place blanket stitch around each one. Stem stitch the outer square line, and back stitch the inner lines of the 9-patch.
 Trim the block to 7 1/2".

I've made a 15" Churn Dash block and if that's the size you'd like to make here are the fabric measurements you'll need...



Cut from fabrics A, B and C
 
Fabric A: 

Four, 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" rectangles

Fabric B: 

Two, 4 7/8" squares

Fabric C: 

Four, 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" rectangles
Two, 4 7/8" squares



Assembling the block:

Sew one A rectangle down the side of one C rectangle. Press the seam open. Make three more the same.

Draw a pencil line from one corner of a C square diagonally across to the other corner.

Lay a C square down onto a B square, right sides together. Sew a 1/4" seam down either side of the traced pencil line. Cut along the traced line to create two triangles. Press the triangles open to create a 4 1/2" square. 
Repeat with the remaining C and B squares.

Sew a C/A rectangle unit down both sides of the centre applique block.

Sew 4 1/2" B/C squares to both ends of the remaining two C/A rectangle units, using the graph above for correct placement.

Press all seams open, and then sew the three rows of the block together to create your completed Churn Dash.


I added a 1 1/2" border all around with more C fabric before finishing my pillow with a envelope style backing and a 1/4" French seam all around the outside to enclose the side seams.

Extra:

Fuse thin Pellon or cotton quilt wadding/batting behind the block before you finish assembling the pillow.
Sew lines of running stitch around the centre square of the nine-patch, and around the stem stitched outer line of the nine-patch.

This is a very simple pattern to re-create and would look very different in soft pastels or solids.
I wonder what style you'll go for first?

hugs


19 comments:

MissesStitches said...

What a beautiful pillow! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

Kaisievic said...

Very sweet, thank you so much, Jenny. Happy Easter.

Bilko Parker said...

Thank you for the lovely pattern. Guida

Michelle said...

This new pattern fits my style perfectly. I like the fabrics you used, but it would be interesting to make it up several different ways-country reds & blues, pastels, ...
Thank you for sharing it with us.

Createology said...

Very sweet pillow. Your design is perfect for these Lecien fabrics. Thank you for always sharing your Creative Bliss...

Jan Gunter said...

Thank you Jenny for this sweet pattern! It is 5:22 pm here in Cali and still Easter Sunday! Sew this just made my evening even brighter! Hugs and Blessings <3

Ondrea said...

Another lovely pattern. Thank you for such a sweet gift.

Kathleen said...

Thanks!

Sharon - creativity and family said...

That's beautiful Jenny. You have me thinking now that patchwork cushions would make great gifts for my nieces next Christmas! X

Sharon - creativity and family said...

That's beautiful Jenny. You have me thinking now that patchwork cushions would make great gifts for my nieces next Christmas! X

Baa. xxx said...

Hmmm.....looks lovely - you are right - what fun it would be to make it in different colours.

desertskyquilts said...

SO cute! Thanks so much, Jenny. You are a generous woman. I was just thinking about another pillow this morning, so this is very timely.

Ɓgueda said...

Thank you very much. It is a beautiful work. You do very good with the fabrics colors, and your designs are sweet . Lecien have lucky of meet you : The best designer for the good fabric. You are a great team. Thank you for your design. Hugs.

Brenda said...

Good Afternoon Jenny! Oh what a delightful applique pillow you have designed! After hubby is finished working outside in the wood shop, I will have to have him print out the patterns and directions for your splendid pillow. I know several people who I could make it for, but I think this first one will be for me! I need a new set of pillows for the couch. Thank you so much for designing and for sharing this pattern! I hope that you have a fantastic creative day!

Cattinka said...

You created a beautiful pillow! Great use of these pretty fabrics. Thank you for the free pattern!
KATRIN W.

Melody said...

This is delightful, churn dash is my favourite block too.

Christina said...

Very cute pillow. The first quilt class I took was a churn dash quilt. Cute fabrics. Thank you for pattern.

Sabine said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern *****

Sabine said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern *****