Friday, 13 April 2012

festival of half square triangles - the scythe pillow



Thanks for stopping by on the Festival of Half Square Triangles blog tour!

Do you want to make a pillow like this one? It's a biggie - it ends up at 24"square, so it's perfect for a big snuggly bed pillow or for lounging on the couch.
I think the 4 arm like shapes look like scythes, so that's what I'm calling this pillow.

The Scythe Pillow (how's that for imagination?)

Will you make one with me? You will? Oh great!

scythe pillow

Well, let's go...

You will need;
2 different F8s* of prints (*fat eighths)
1/2 yard of solid for background and borders (you will have leftovers)
FQ print for binding
1/2 yard fabric for envelope back
fusible fleece or wadding at least 26" square
pack of 3" thangles
Finished pillow - 24" square

things to remember 
- use a 1/4" seam throughout unless otherwise mentioned
- measure twice, cut once!
- read through the directions before you start to make sure you understand what's going on

I used thangles for the first time ever in this project. I've had a whole heap lying around for the longest time and I figured if not now when would there be a great time to try them out?
They are pre-printed papers that you sew onto strips of fabric, cut and end up with half square triangle units, with the dog ear bits already removed. Cool, huh?

First up cut each of your F8s into 8 3.5" x 9.5" strips and cut your background fabric into 16 3.5" x 9.5" strips. Layer the strips with the lightest colour fabric on top - right sides together. Pin your thangle paper to the strip sandwich and sew on the dotted lines USING A SHORTER STITCH THAN USUAL. (note - my printed fabric is poking out from the ends of the paper because I was lazy and didn't cut it short enough - ignore that, yours will look neater)
You need to sew 8 strip sets for each print (16 HST units for each print - 32 HST units total)

thangles1

Cut on the solid lines between the thangle units, on the diagonal lines, and also any overhang you have at the top and bottom of your strips (basically - wherever you see a solid line)

thangles2

Press open, trim the one little dog ear that is left on one end and tear away the papers.

thangles3

tear tear tear....

thangles4

Cut 4 3.5" squares from background fabric and lay out your block as below (please 'scuse the weird wonky photo, I had possibly been drinking a sneaky gin or 3 when I took that!)...

thangles6

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SET YOUR STITCH LENGTH BACK TO NORMAL! Sew those rows together, pressing your seams open to reduce bulk. Give it all a really good press. I like to use a bit of spray starch.

From your background fabric cut 2 strips 3" x 18" and sew to the top and bottom of your pillow top. Press seams out towards the edges. Cut another 2 strips, 3" x 24" and sew to the left and right side of your pillow top. Press seams out towards the edge again and trim off any overhang.

Layer your pillow top, right side up, to fusible fleece and press well to set with a hot iron, or baste onto regular batting with pins. Whenever I make small projects like pillows I use vilene H630 fusible fleece (or pellon 987F). It is fusible on one side, which, when you press with an iron, becomes set. I love the way it makes quilting so much easier as there's no battling with pins, and really does make the finished pillow or mini quilt look flatter and helps me avoid wrinkles and bumps. I don't line my pillows either, I find the fusible fleece works really well and I haven't had any issues with pillows that have been washed and dried and the fleece going all bobbly or anything. There are 2 cats in my house and they shed fur all over, so my quilts and pillows get washed often!
I quilted my pillow with regularly spaced straight lines, about 1" apart, using a medium grey aurifil thread in 50 weight. This thread works really well for me, as the stitches become almost invisible and you just get the texture of the quilting.

Once you've quilted your pillow top you need to make it into a pillow by adding a back of your choice. I made mine with an envelope back, because zippers are scary and I am a big girly wuss.
Want to know a really cheaty cheaty way of doing your envelope back? Here it is. I use the selvedge edges of my fabric instead of hemming it. I LOVE how it looks, and it's fast. Sometimes selvedges are the best bit of fabric, all those cute little dots on them. For this pillow I used some home dec weight fabric by Anna Maria Horner. The weight is a little heavier, so it gives slightly better support than just using regular quilting cotton. My husband doesn't like the look of selvage edges, but I ignore everything he says unless it's along the lines of 'would you like my bank card to buy yourself a whole pile of fabric'.

pillow back

Cut your fabric into 2 pieces - each measuring the width of your pillow top (approx 24" - but measure yours to make sure because it might have shrunk a little with quilting) x 15" and layer it wrong sides together on the back of the pillow top. Make sure the overlap is nice and straight and pin all the way round. Take to the sewing machine and stitch all the way round, backstitching where the 2 pieces overlap to add a little strength.
I like to do this step with a zig zag stitch for added strength, but a regular straight stitch is fine too.


Now to finish you need bind your pillow. You can find binding instructions in the tutorials section at the top of my blog if you need help.

scythe pillow

And that's it - your pillow is all finished. Stuff it with a 24" pillow form so it's nice and fat and admire your handiwork.

You rock!

Fabrics used-
Denyse Schmidt, flea market fancy - fizzy dots in pink and medallion in green
Moda crossweave in natural (out of print but Kaufman essex yarn dyed linen in flax is a good substitute)
Elements ovals in parfait pink by Art Gallery fabrics
Anna Maria Horner drawing room, plume in green (out of print, but can be found if you hunt on etsy)

Don't forget to join the flickr group and make your own half square triangles projects and check back with the all the other half square triangle project on the Festival of Half Square Triangles tour by looking at who was when here! And the linky party for you to submit your own entries for the festival starts on Monday April 16th with a heap of prizes courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop

Want to win a prize because you can't be doing with waiting til Monday and are feeling too lazy to make anything? Heck yes, those kinds of prizes are always good!

Claire at Patch Fabrics (which is where I teach classes!) has sent me this great prize for one lucky winner;

Patch Fabrics Giveaway


2 packs of thangles and some gorgeous fabrics, Power Pop by Jenean Morrison. Yum. Just leave me a comment on this post and I'll pick a random winner in one week. One entry per person, international entries more than welcome.   GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

154 comments:

tara said...

Ive always wondered about Thangles. Super great pillow

CitricSugar said...

That scythe design is just so pretty! The background fabric you chose makes it modern and fresh. Just gorgeous.

Heather D. said...

I've been curious about the Thangles and would love to try them, as I often feel like HSTs are a bit of a struggle. The fabric is lovely as well.

Thanks for the giveaway and for the lovely tutorial

Jess said...

So that's what thangles are! Great tutorial, just ordered a new couch so a few new cushions will be needed :o)

Jenelle said...

I love how the design came together and the use of the thangles. I haven't tried them yet but I'll have to check them out.

Kristy QP said...

Love the pillow design! I keep seeing Thangles around the place but don't know much about them!

Thanks for the giveaway :)

Anne said...

Love the pillow! Never tried thangles, but would love to try them!

Nikki said...

That pillow is so amazing! I don't think I can wait for Trangles to be purchased in order to try to make one!

Anonymous said...

What a great design and I just love Thangles. Where did you get that yummy fabric from, it's gorgeous.

Gill (gidemps@bigpond.com)

Kirsten N said...

I haven't tried Thangles before either - they look great!Thanks for the tutorial.

robin said...

Nice pillow! And thanks for the giveaway. :)

B Greene said...

I have always wanted to try Thangles, but was a little confused by them. Thanks for the wonderful emonstration. Thanks, too, for the chance to win some and I love Power Pop!!!!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Cool way to show the Thangles...love your pillow, and I like selvage edge for the backing too!

HalfDozen said...

Love the pillow!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Awesome pillow! I have used Thangles before and think they are a great help, especially if you have lots to make. Great tutorial! I love selvages as well. I've been saving some of mine for "a project". Not sure what I'm making yet but I've seen lots of cool items made with them.

Thank you and Claire at Patch Fabrics for a neat giveaway and a chance to win. Love green and pink!

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Sue Bone said...

Gorgeous. Looking forward to lots of ideas for my swoon leftover triangles.

susan said...

The penny just dropped. Thankless mean you don't have to trim your HSTS! Oh what a joyful thought.

Nicky said...

Lovely cushion, great tute and thanks for the intro to thangles. Hope I get to try some...

Pamela Nees said...

You rocked that pillow~~~~~~~Love it!

niveas said...

i've never worked with tangles, but it looks like a lot of fun - thank you for the chance to win some!

Charlotte said...

that's gorgeous!
and, just out of interest, has your husband ever given you his bank card for unlimited fabric shopping purposes? I think he should ;-)

Barbara M. said...

Wow! They're useful, especially for someone like me: every time in trouble with triangles! Thanks for the chance to win. Barbara from italy

Penny Hankey said...

Lovely cushion! I have never used Thangles before although I do usually piece HST the quick way, i.e. cutting after sewing.

Hazel Raison said...

Oh lovely fabrics to giveaway! An another tutorial to add to my To-Do list :-)

memmens said...

Yes please, I won't get into a tangle with a thangle!

kerrypuddy said...

Just about to start something with half square triangles and those thangles would certainly help me out! :o)

Chris said...

Tried thankless for first time in a recent kit - loved them so this would be fabulous
Chris x

LindseyAnne said...

Have never tried thangles but would like to. Lindsey

patchworkdelights said...

Have to do this! It's super cool! Still working on my swoon blocks though!

Anna Honeysett said...

Would love to try to thangles. Love the power pop fabrics as well :-). Thanks!

Paula said...

I've got some Thangles on the shelf too...never tried them. Think I'll dig them up. Love the pillow!

Nexxxus Ramblings said...

I love those fabrics and the Thangle's papers makes it look so easy

Judith said...

I have never used Thangles. Love to try. Judith, Texas

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

Great tute as always KJ! Claire's super generous! Love those prints and thangles make me think of beachwear ;-)

Ullhärvan said...

I would love to try this out!

hueisei said...

Loved the pillow. Thanks for the chance to win this!

pennydog said...

Thank you for the tute Katy :)

Ducks and Rabbits said...

Great pillow and great prizes. I love your envelope back with selvages. yay selvages!

Shannon said...

I'm so glad you posted about Thangles! Audrie turned me on to them and I feel the need to spread the word! LOVE THEM!!! Love the scythe pillow too!

Audrey said...

I love this pillow! My daughter is learning to sew and pillows are where she wants to start. Great inspiration!

Julierose said...

Great tutorial; I've never used Thangles before--they look really easy and fun...Julierose

Karen at Birdsong Cabin said...

Beautiful pillow. I've been wanting to try Thangles and this is a great project to give it a go.

Karen

Annabella said...

That`s such a cool design - aren`t HSTs the most versatile thing?

Cathy said...

The pillow is beautiful and your instructions are the best. Thank you for a chance to win a great give away

elsy said...

another winner katy....never come across thangles before....i love all the little tips and aids you come up with x

noodledogknits said...

What a great way to try a new technique/product without committing to something big. These fabrics are so cute.

Briawna said...

those thangles look pretty nifty. looks like a fun way to do hst. thanks!

kbzelazny said...

I LOVE pink and green!!! Thanks!

Sally said...

This post definitely makes me want to try those Thangles and to make a pillow like this! The fabric is beautiful, too.

Catie said...

Your pillow is darling. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

FrancisMoore said...

I have used Thangles many times. I love the pink and green fabric. fmoore11589@comcast.net

erinlilli said...

Love the pillow and the tutorial! Thank you!

jmniffer said...

I like your pillow. I've never made one but have them on my wish list. You made using Thangles understandable. I would love to give them a try. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

ros said...

Yum, indeed!

knottygnome said...

love that pillow. thanks for the giveaway!

Allegory said...

You know I've been trying to avoid pillows. I really have.
I'm going to end up making this ;) Now to find someone around town that sells Thangles.

Summer Killebrew said...

The pillow is adorable...I love how you used the crossweave fabric instead of a solid. Thanks for the giveaway. =)

Heather said...

Awesome pillow! And I've been dying to do some thangling myself!

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

They really are gorgeous fabrics. And I'd love to win them. And the papers. And thank you.

Susanne said...

Your pillow looks great. I think I would chop of a lot of triangle points :)
Susanne

Tamie said...

I'd love to try Thangles. Love your pillow.

Kathryn said...

I've used Thangles frequently and love the ease of making HSTs that way. Very nice pillow design. Kathie L in Allentown

Threads by Terry said...

I love the pillow and I think I can get a couple made this weekend for gifts... Thank you

Anonymous said...

Eeep! I love power pop! Pick me!!!

Jen L
Jen (at) toddleita (dot) com

Ann said...

Love that block design! And of course I love arranging HST.

Tracey @ The Peony Teacup said...

Those Thangles look awesome!

Jo Ann said...

Wow Thangles look neat. Thanks.

Dawn said...

I have always wanted to try the Thangles, a perfect project to use your fun fabric with. Love your pillow! Thanks for the giveaway.

Josie McRazie said...

I have never used Thankgles before! How cool are they!! :) LOVE the pillow!

Jolene said...

I love your pillow!

Elizabeth said...

Love the pillow - but I think I liked reading this post even more - your too funny! This pillow will be added to my must list of things to make! :)

Marg M said...

The cushion looks great and you have given me an idea for my quilt in progress thanks

I Plead Quilty! said...

Pretty, pretty! With a tiny modification (add QSTs in strategic locations) the scythes would turn into woven rectangles.

bee said...

awesome pillow! (and pillow name!)

Flying Blind... said...

Ooooh I think I need Thangles in my life now - this looks wunderbar x

Needled Mom said...

That is really attractive. It sort of reminds me of the Card Tricks pattern.

Sonia B said...

Lovely pillow. Thanks for the chance!

amye said...

thangles, i need you!!!!! your pillow looks ever so comfy. great job!

ItsNurseJessi said...

I need some Thangles, too! I've considered buying some to try but havent taken the leap.

sandyb said...

Oh I just love your pillow - I am going to try and make it soon - when I have a few other project done, but I really love it.

thank you

sandyb720 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Very cute pillow. I love the size! Thanks for the chance to win some georgous fabric and try out the thangles!
Hallie
hallie.clougherty@heartcaremw.com

Vicki said...

great tutorial , love the pillow design. the Thangles look very interesting. thanks for the chance to win.

Vicki B.

sbsudbury said...

Awesome Pillow....would love to try it out with these delicious fabrics. Thanks.
sharon.bourque@sympatico.ca

mascanlon said...

Excellent tutorial Katy. I cracked up about the selvedge, so clever of you. I ignore my DH's feedback on my projects too...off to the garage with him! I may even dig out some Thangles and try them, I love triangles!

Kim said...

I love your pillow! Of course I love those fabrics! I have been wanting to try Thangles for awhile now! Thanks for the chance to win.

Elizabeth said...

Those thangles look so fun!

Mom C said...

I appreciate seeing how to use all the tools quilter talk about. Thanks for the great tutorial. Love to have some thangles to try. Thanks.

MaryAnnB said...

Love the fabrics! I've never tried THANGLES so winning them would great! Great tutorial also! might have to whip up a pillow this weekend!

Jayme said...

Love your project!!! And using the selvage edge? Genius!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

diane said...

I've never tried thangles. Sounds like a fun way to get perfect HST.

marilyn said...

I'd love a chance to win. Never tried using the Thangles. Thanks

Kelly said...

Great Giveaway!! I'd love to try those..

katiedidit said...

Thanks for the chance to win these great items. I'm having a blast with all the half square triangle projects!

Quilterbell said...

Thanks for the chance! I love your tutorial, well all the HST tutorials are fantastic, should I try them all???????,ehhhhhhh, yes!!

Ramona said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I've wondered how to use Thangles (efficiently). I've got to try this. Pillow is precious.

sweet diesel designs said...

Just lovely!!!

Berlinquilter said...

Hey Katy,
I love your fabric choices for this pillow ande these thangles seem to be very practical.

babiesdoc said...

I have pondered thangles and Have to say my half sq triangles don't look even 1/4 as nice as yours!

t. anne said...

Beautiful pillow! I'd love to win this prize pack. Thangles are so clever!

Paty Z said...

The pillow is great, the fabric beautiful and the thangles are really cool!! I would love to try them. Have a lovely weekend!

Sidney said...

Thank you for the chance to win some new-to-me thangles...

Sidney said...

Thank you for the chance to win some new-to-me thangles...

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love your cushion! I hadn't thought about using the selvedge on an envelope back - genius!!

2e6992bc-a86b-11e0-8ce6-000bcdcb8a73 said...

would love to try thangles crlwilkie@aol.com

edyB said...

Terrific pillow ~ terrific tut ~ terrific giveaway!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Thanks for the tut!

Cherie said...

Love the pillow design! So different and creative! Those thangles look very useful!
Thanks for the giveaway =D

Di said...

Beautiful pillow. Now I know what a thangle is!

Harrysmum said...

Love your new cushion! I'd love to have a go with Thangles too!

Amy said...

I have never seen Thangles and now I must try them!!!
Amy
abcsemartin(at)yahoo(dot)com

Corinthians Grace said...

Just had a look at the Thangles web site - omg - what a great idea. Now I just have to pick my fabric and I'm ready to GO

heather said...

Oh, that pattern is great. Is it your own design? I think with a few more links to the chain, or made really large it would be a nice quilt too. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful projects and stories!
hrmaris at yahoo dot com

VickiT said...

Your pillow is just beautiful. I really like the way you've used the HST's to create the design on it.

Thank you for such a great tutorial as well. I've heard of Thangles before but haven't tried them. I'd love the chance to do so.

Claire said...

Oh I L.O.V.E. your pillow and those Thangles...genious! May just have to get some and give it a whirl - thsnks for the give away.

Rosa said...

Fabulous pillow and great design!!

Thanks for the chance.

Elizabeth said...

Elizabeth said...

Love the pillow and the tutorial. I'll have to try the Thangles.

eliz.i@sympatico.ca

Robyn said...

I love the pillow. Thanks for the tutorial.

robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

Susan Jonsson said...

Love the tutorial. Thangles are awesome...Sign me up for your giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

Susan

Whitney M said...

I've never tried thangles! I'm excited to try!

Angie said...

Wow Katy, Love your pillow! Thanks for a chance to win some fun prizes!

Anonymous said...

I love your pillow! I also struggle with HSTs and would love to try the thangles. Finally, I just came back from a shopping spree and have several cute selvage edges that would look very nice on the back of a pillow. :) jyturriondobeitia@yahoo.com

**nicke... said...

i have always wanted to try thangles out... great pillow katy! pinning!

eva said...

Have to give this a try. Thangles is new for me. Love your pillow and the tutorial. And I love to read your blog!:-)

Eli said...

Love you scythe pillow! And I would love to try Thangles.
Thank you for the chance of winning!

dreambug said...

I'd never heard of Thangles. What a great idea. And what a lovely cushion! Thank you.

Jennie said...

I love the pattern - I'm thinking it could look good with my Swoon leftover HST.....

Jeannie Gan said...

I have been thinking to make pillows for my lounge. Your tutorial comes in perfect timing. Thank you.
jchiagan at yahoo dot com.

Freddie said...

I need to make some cushions for my living room. I am waiting for my new curtains to arrive. I chickened out of making curtains after having made some for the daughter's room before she was born. I swore never to make curtains again.

djpearce said...

What beautiful fabrics, I would love to have a go!
Claire

c dot r dot murdoch at hotmail dot co dot uk

Erin said...

The thangles look awesome and the fabric is lovely. Thanks for the chance!

K.andy said...
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K.andy said...

I went to buy some thangles, but my local shop was out of the size I wanted so I made my own with my copier. It really help me line up my points and less pulling on the bias. Love your blog!

MimiQuilts said...

Great pillow...I really like the design! The thangles look easy!

Kell said...

Great pillow! I would love to make a quilt based on this square. Thanks for the giveaway.

Hope said...

Ah, so that's what Thangles are. I had wondered. Love your cushion cover :)

Strawberry Patch said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing the how-to :-)

hafza said...

The tutorial looks easy... love it. Thanks for sharing!! :)

Alisa said...

I think I may need to try those Thangles thingys. Thanks for a great tutorial.

Judith said...

Excellent tutorial--and the demonstration of how to use Thangles was very interesting. Whenever I saw them mentioned, I thought I should check them out, but never actually got around to it.

Vanessa Goertzen said...

Beautiful! I am a HST nut!

Mishka said...

I have yet to try Thangles, though I have used Triangulations, which I like quite a bit. Your pillow is gorgeous!

Rineke said...

Thangels are new to me. Would be nice to win and try them! Thank you for this chance.

Tina said...

Would love to try the thangels. I am afraid of sewing triangles but that seems doable.

shinergirltx said...

I wanna try this!!! Yes, I need ONE MORE project to start in addition to the current chaos of my life!

Lyn said...

I would love to try the Thangles. Thanks for the chance.

Sarah said...

Oh my gash- the Thangles make the pattern so easy! I'd love to win to give these a whirl x

Lisaleh said...

I just got my first set oh thangles and am excited to try them out!

Nurseli said...

Love that pillow! Hadn't seen that pattern before.

Cindy said...

Love your pillow- very unique!! I too would love to try the thangles. Thanks!

krista said...

awesome post. ima need that prize, so gimmie gimmie. :P

Live a Colorful Life said...

Beautiful pillow! Love the design and the fabric choices.

Ingrid said...

I loved this pillow so much I made it as a mini quilt for a swap this weekend! It was great HST practice!

Georgie Porgie said...

Awesome blog I love a bit of blighty patch, you rock gal, lets take on the americans! x

Kelsey said...

What a cute pillow! I'd love to make one :)

Betty said...

Love the pattern/block on the cushion: it looks a bit like card trick, but more interesting.
And Thangles!i didn’t know they're still available.

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