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In the mood for a little romance? Whether the answer is “;Yes”; or “;No,”; this cute Lovey-Dovey Pillow from Miriam Lawson?(Fabric Folk books and patterns) is a humorous way to signal your intentions.


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Note: The heart is pieced from the red and pink prints, so these must contrast with the red and white prints.?

Download and print the embroidery designs:?Lovey-Dovey_Pillow_-_Templates_121814.pdf

All seam allowances are 1/4″; unless otherwise designated.

Step 1) Cut the fabric.

Pillow front

Pillow back


Step 2) Stitch the embroidery.

Lightly trace two 5″; x 12″;?rectangles onto the right side of the solid white fat quarter.

Download and print the embroidery designs. Use a pencil to trace the “;tonight”; embroidery design in one rectangle and “;not tonight”; in the other, centering them in the rectangles.

Hoop the fabric and embroider the designs as described below.?

When finished, press the embroidery from the wrong side.

Cut out the two 5″; x 12″; rectanglescustom anniversary gifts, making sure the embroidery is centered in each one.

Step 3) Piece the squares.

Draw a diagonal line across the following blocks:

To assemble the front, place a red block and print A block right sides together; stitch on the diagonal line. Trim the excess fabric away and press the seam allowances toward the red fabric.

Repeat for blocks B, C, D, and E. Note: Two of the red blocks and two of the print C blocks will be left un-stitched.

Step 4) Assemble the patchwork panels.

With right sides together, stitch a red 1-3/4″; x 5″; rectangle to the ends of each embroidered piece; press the seam allowances toward the red fabric.

Place the square blocks for the pillow front on a table in rows as illustrated, rotating the blocks as needed so the red portions form a heart. Stitch the blocks together in rows and press the seam allowances open.

Stitch the rows together, matching the seams. Press seam allowances open.

With right sides together, stitch one of the 1-1/2″; red/white print A strips to each side of the pillow front. Press seam allowances toward the heart. Repeat for the top and bottom edges.

Repeat this sequence to make the pillow back, substituting fabrics as shown below.

Step 5) Quilt the front and back panels.

Spray baste the pieced pillow front to a batting square; trim.?Spray baste an 18″; square?of muslin to the back of the pillow front. Quilt as desired.

Repeat for the pillow back.

Step 5) Make and attach the piping.

Sew the red piping strips end-to-end on the diagonal; press seam allowances open and trim to 1/8″;.

Fold the strip around the cording. Using a zipper foot, stitch close to the cording.

With raw edges together, start stitching the piping to the middle of the side of the front, leaving a 2″; tail free at the beginning. Clip the seam allowance of the piping as needed to accommodate the turn at each corner. Continue stitching around the pillow, leaving the last few inches unstitched.

Cut the filler cord to butt against the beginning of the cording. Fold under the edge of the excess fabric which covers the cord; bring it around the piping so no raw edges show. Pin in place, then finish stitching it down.

Place the two pillow panels right sides together. Stitch them together, sewing on top of your previous stitching; leave an opening in the middle of one side for inserting the pillow form.

Insert the pillow form. Hand sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch.

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