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You know I love house blocks, right? Complicated or simple... especially simple.
One top is pieced and about half-quilted - Hometown Christmas by Sweetwater - the second top is still not officially a "top"... meaning, I have five house blocks made - Petite Maisons de Noel by French General - and that's as far as I got. (I'll share as soon as they're done.)
You know this is Christmas in July, right?
And since Christmas is about gifts, presents, sharing... we're sharing the instructions for Township.
I also want to share the finishing for this pillow as it's a technique that not everyone has seen. I first ran across it maybe fifteen years ago and I believe the idea originated with Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries fame. Since she had many, many cool ideas and the pillow I saw was one of hers, that's who I am crediting.
Binding. Seriously, that's all it is. The front and back of the pillow are layered with wrong sides together - right sides out - and bound like a quilt. If you cut your binding strips at 2-1/2", you're good to go with a 1/4" seam allowance. Since I usually cut a 2" binding, I cut my strips at 2-1/4" to allow for that extra layer of fabric.
I finished the back with an overlap and buttons.
Why yes, thank you, I attach those buttons by machine. If my sewing machine came with a foot designed for doing that, I know it's because I'm supposed to do it that way. (Which doesn't explain why it takes me six months to replace a single button that came off a shirt...)
Make the pillow front and quilt it using a thin cotton batting and a muslin or solid backing. Trim to size. Make the backing using a simple overlap, or a button or zipper closure. Trim the backing to the same size as the pillow top. Layer the two pieces with wrong sides together - pin the layers together on all four sides. Stitch 1/4" around the four sides to secure the layers.
Optional ~ Curve the corners.
I think someone once made a template or tool for curving corners but I just use something round - a plate for a big curve, a cup or glass for a smaller curve. I suppose you could use a compass but really, just grab a pen-chalk marker and something round. (Insert winking emoji here.)
Attach the binding in your preferred method. I like hand-stitching it so I attach it to the front and bring it to the back. For the insert, fiber-fill works but if you're convenient to a store, I like the FJÄDRAR pillow forms from Ikea - 16" x 26" down-filled. (I particularly enjoy that the insert comes in a smallish, round vacuum-sealed bag. I'm easily amused that way.) Stuff pillow or insert form.
C'est voila! A new addition to your holiday decorating - or a lovely gift. Just in case you forgot...
It goes without saying that a Halloween or Valentine village would also work. As would a patriotic color scheme or something very scrappy. Or maybe just a really happy village for your kids or grands. So get busy building!
And I hope you have a very happy Friday!