Scrappy Foundation Pieced Gemstone Pillow
Finished pillow 23 x 23 (all measurements are in inches, 1/4 seam allowances)
Materials List :
• 1 yard total of 1" - 3" width x 1" - 6" length of strips in Shimmer, lime and turquoise prints. Kona black, charcoal and turquoise
• 2 Fat Quarters of Shimmer AJSP 14250-15 Ivory, 14249-15 Ivory
• Borders- 3/4 yard of Essex Y/D Linen in Olive
• Pillow form 24" x 24"
• Foundation Paper such as Carol Doak's Foundation Paper
• Velvet Trim- 3 yards of 2 1/2" strips Artemis moon dust
• Backing- 3/4 yard or 24" square of your favorite Shimmer print
• Nylon zipper beige 22"
*** SHIMMER has been wildly popular and many shops were backordered. Please know it's been reprinted and many shops have fresh stock now! (Hawthorne Thread, Cotton Patch, Fabric Depot, Fabric.com, Cabbage Rose ) If you are a store and also have collection stocked yet not listed here, please let me know.
Create a trapezoid template out of graph paper or your favorite material. Cut one 8 1/2" square of template material. Cut the square in half diagonally (yielding 1 Isosceles triangle 8 1/2" x 12"). To make center trapezoid template measure and mark 2 1/2" down from top point of triangle. Mark center point on long edge of triangle. Mark 1/4 inch on each side of center mark. Draw line to connect the 1/4" center base mark to the 2 1/2" top of triangle mark. Cut along lines to create your trapezoid template. Shown in left photo above. Cut 8 ivory trapezoids from fat quarters of Shimmer. (It's Ok if they are not perfect. Adds to charm and note in antique quilt that star points are wonky)
To make your blocks, cut four 8 1/2" squares of foundation paper. Cut each square in half diagonally (yielding 8 Isosceles triangles 8 1/2" x 12")
Tack ivory Shimmer trapezoid with glue stick to foundation paper and start to sew down strips right sides together one at a time. Turn and press. Repeat.
Let strips be uneven. Adds to the charm of finished block. Be sure last fabric covers point of triangle.
Continue until the the tip where you will end with turquoise (center gem once assembled).
My favorite part….Cleaning up the block! Looks great! Rip out the paper backing.
Until Next Time,
SHIMMER - It's in our Nature.