We had a wonderful week at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch near Stanely
My birthday was on Weds 7/23 and my husband arranged to borrow one of the two vans that had been rented to haul our 10 member clan around
Did I mention it was cool in
The fun thing about visiting new quilt shops has to be the eye candy. I love seeing the shop samples on the walls – actually saw one just like one I’d quilted for our local shop. It’s like being in a familiar environment – lining the walls were fabric lines that I was familiar with from back home (it was great to see some of Robyn Pandolph’s fabric, she’s a local designer in my neck of the woods). But the real treasure hunt is trying to find something unique to take home as a souvenir…and since I make a lot of scrap quilts I usually look for fat quarters to add to my stash.
While I was visiting with another customer and the shop clerk (quilters make friends easily ya’know) my husband was actually looking around (he’s gotten extremely good about noticing fabrics, patterns, quilting styles, etc.) All of a sudden he appears behind me as I’m choosing a half yard cut for my memories and declares “I’ve found some fabric you need to buy me.” I thought he was joking.
He wasn’t joking! My husband is a big car fan having had owned a paint and body shop back in the day, He raced some in his younger days as he turned NASCAR and NHRA fan. Well, low and behold he found fabric with ’57 Chevys all over it. Yes, he had to have this fabric….
So for my birthday, I bought a half yard of a really cute juvenile ladybug print that will find it’s way into the next scrap quilt and a yard and a half of Chevy print to make my wonderful husband, who drove 50+ miles ONE WAY to a quilt shop, a pillow case….
Here’s the recipe for making a pillow case with no exposed seams. The exact measurements are not given as you will need to measure your pillow. (We have very small orthopedic pillows so my size is smaller than the norm). I hope you enjoy this pattern and seeing my birthday fabric purchase!
¾ yard main print or 1 ½ yard if directional
1/8 yd for accent trim
1/3 yd for band
- Trim the 1/8 yd of fabric to the desired width, I use either 2.5 inches or 3 inches.
- Fold the accent trim in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press
- Lay the main fabric right side up, with the raw edge on top – pay attention to the direction of the fabric and which side you want the opening with the trim to be on
- Pin the trim fabric to the right side of the main fabric, matching raw edges
- Pin the right side of the band fabric to the right side of the main fabric layered with the trim
- Sew across the width over the pinned seam, forming a tube.
- Reach inside the tube and pull out the main fabric, pressing well – ta-da, no exposed seams!
- Sew the side seam with a French seam or serge
- Sew the end with a French seam or serge
- Match raw edges with wrong sides together
- Sew a 1/8” seam, it is important to sew a small seam!
- Press well
- Reposition to right sides together with sewn raw edges inside
- Sew again this time with a ¼” to 3/8” seam.
Professional Quilt Model not included