Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Guest Blogger #5 - Rachael Arnold of Raevenfea Simply Stitchery

If you are looking for the giveaway you can find it here.

Today's guest blogger is Rachael of Raevenfea Simply Stitchery. Rachaels blog is filled with wonderful quilting and crafting ideas. Her latest idea are these adorable printed fabric gift tags. Arent they cute?  Keep reading because she has a fabulous way to turn a quilt into a pillow that you are just going to love!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to Sha for having me on here! I’m Rachael Arnold: front-end Web Developer by day, sewist by evening, and firmly convinced that days need to be at least 28 hours long so that I can also spend time with my other half and our puppy. I caught the quilting bug a little over a year ago, and now I have this crazy idea that I need to make quilts for everyone in my (quite large) family.

That’s where Tula Pink comes in. My oldest sister is obsessed with frogs, and has been for as long as I can remember. When I saw Prince Charming, I immediately knew that I needed to use it in a project for her. (And purchase plenty extra because I’m as obsessed with the line as she is the frogs.)

Around the same time, I decided to do the Synchronized Squares QAL and it was truly kismet: the frog from the showcase print of Price Charming was the perfect size to fussy cut for use in the center of the blocks and fit perfectly with a bunch of other greens and a deep red I bought (her favorite colors).

I’m only partially done sewing all the blocks together, but this is what the finished quilt will look like:

And here’s some of my progress so far:

To make it special, I decided to add a pocket on the back that allows you to fold up the quilt into a pillow—and doubles as a toe warmer when you’re sitting down.

To figure out what size pocket to make, calculate either a third or a quarter of your quilt size. A third will make a larger, but thinner pillow, while a quarter will be a smaller, but fatter pillow. The design of my quilt lends itself to folding into thirds, so that’s what I chose.

Once you know the size, you need to make a mini-quilt that is bound on three sides (not the bottom). Mine is ~18” square:

I had fun playing with raw edges on the pocket, because the outer edges of the patterned squares on the front of the quilt are raw by design, although I didn’t have enough green corduroy to go underneath the Prince and border, thus the peek of white. And once again, the Prince print was the perfect size!

I’m not there yet, but to attach the pocket to the back of the quilt, you can either hand stitch it on after you’ve finished quilting, or use your quilting (make sure to quilt the interior area of the pocket first, leaving the quilting that will secure the sides of the pocket to the very last). The bottom will be secured when you bind the quilt, and the top is open, of course.

Best of luck in your own Tula Pink projects. I can’t wait to come up with something for my leftover Prince Charming fabric and the little bits of Plume and Nest a friend recently gave me (and for her future lines)!

Thanks Rachael for that idea and for sharing your wonderful quilt with us. I love how the prince can be fussycut to fit perfectly. Thats whats so great about the Tula Pink Prince Charming line. I can't wait to see what else you make with it.

Come back tomorrow for more Tula Pink fun!
And remember to enter the great giveaway

Sha :)


  1. That is so neat....I love the idea of the quilt being converted into a pillow. I heard of it before, but now I know how to do it. Thank you. Oh, and I really like the patch you put in the back for the pillow.

  2. Hey Sharon, thanks so much, for the mention in your giveaways, good luck, will let you know if you have won next week.

    all the best


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