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Is that big bold scrap of fabric staring at you? This quilt square project is designed to let a large print fabric shine. This simple block is quick to make, and can be used for several projects, such as a table runner or pillow. With a bit more fabric you can turn it into a place mat or table runner. The perfect quick project to turn scrap pieces into something bold and beautiful.


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Download and print the?Geometric Quilt Block Pillow Cutting and Piecing Diagrams:?Geometric_Patchwork_Pillow_chart_121814.pdf

Step 1) Cut the fabric pieces.

Accurate cutting helps avoid crooked, puffyunique gifts for grandpa, or uneven seams in your quilt block. Use a self-healing mat, a clear acrylic gridded ruler, and a rotary cutter to cut the pieces for your quilt block.

Rotary Cutting Tips

Cut one of each pattern piece from the corresponding fabrics (also see downloaded Cutting Diagram):

Step 2) Piece the block.

Set your sewing machine for a straight stitch about 2.5 mm long.

Attach a quarter-inch foot, such as BERNINA Patchwork Foot with Guide #57, to your sewing machine.?

The blocks will be sewn together using a 1/4″;-wide seam allowance.?Stitching an accurate 1/4″;-wide seam will help your block come together with nice, straight seams and avoid pieces not fitting together as you sew on.

Patchwork Piecing Tips

Piecing Diagram

Start by stitching Piece #1 to Piece #2 along one 4″; edge.?Press the seam allowances to one side.

Next, sew Piece #3 to Piece #2 along one 4″; edge as shown in the diagram; press after stitching.

Continue adding pieces to the block as shown in the diagram, pressing each seam as you go.

Tip: When pressing seams, be sure to press DOWN with the iron as opposed to “;ironing,”; or pushing the iron back and forth over the seam. Ironing (back and forth motion) can cause straight seams to go crooked. Pressing straight up and down with the iron will help your seams stay nice and straight.

Press all seams again from the back of the block when finished.

The finished block should measure 14-1/2″; x 14-1/2″;.?

Step 3) Construct the pillow cover.

Cut one 14-1/2″; x 14-1/2″; square of fabric for the pillow lining.

Cut two 11″; x 14-1/2″; rectangles of fabric for the pillow back.

Create a 2″; hem along one edge of each 11″; x 14-1/2″; pillow pocket piece:

Topstitch close to the inner edge of the folded hem with a straight stitch, using either a multi-purpose foot or a straight stitch foot.

Layer and pin the pieces of the pillow together:

Set your sewing machine for a straight stitch of 2.5 mm long.

Stitch around all four sides of the pillow using a 1/2″;-wide seam allowance.

Trim all seam allowances to 1/4″;.

Attach an overlock or zigzag stitch foot to your sewing machine.

Set your machine for a zigzag or overlock stitch and sew over the raw edges to keep them from unraveling.

Turn the pillow cover right side out, gently pushing each corner from the inside to turn it.

Insert the 14″;-square pillow form through the opening in the back of the pillow cover. If needed, use a little fiberfill to help fill out the pillow corners.?

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