Playful Petals Class Plan

by Corey Yoder

Rainbow Petals Pillow:
Simple, Fusible, Appliquéd Pillow

Class Description
Make an easy fusible appliqué pillow that is sure to brighten up any living space.

This project is great for both beginners just starting to appliqué as well as seasoned quilting experts who wish to broaden their quilt making skills. Learn how to appliqué using a simple fusible method: including working with paper backed fusible web and machine finishing the appliqué pieces. Students will also have the opportunity to learn basic pillow making skills including easy machine quilting, making an envelope pillow back, and binding the pillow. Students will complete or have nearly complete (hand stitching the binding down may need to be completed at home) a pillow as pictured on page 42.

Class Length
4 hours

Class Supply List
Required Text: Playful Petals by Corey Yoder

6 different pairs of coordinating scrap fabrics each piece no smaller than 3" x 6"
1/3 yard solid fabric for background
1/4 yard fabric for binding
1/3 yard fabric for backing
1/3 yard paper backed fusible web (based on 17" width)
14" x 18" piece of muslin for pillow sandwich
14" x 18" piece of batting
12" x 16" rectangular pillow form
Coordinating thread for applique
Coordinating thread for machine quilting
Thread for piecing and pillow completion
Hand sewing needle to complete binding

Tip: Provide Scrap packs for students to purchase, which include the scrap fabric/batting/muslin needed for the pillow. Students could then easily purchase the remaining fabric needed to complete the pillow.

Classroom Preparation
Each student needs a sewing machine; set up common cutting and pressing stations.
Tip: Have a bit of Dritz Iron cleaner on hand to clean up any glue residue from the fusible web as well as temporary fabric spray adhesive to complete the pillow sandwich.

Class Agenda
Follow the instructions beginning on page 42-43 to demonstrate how to:
Cut the pillow fabrics
Construct applique pieces (additional information found on page 39 and Appliqué Basics pages 8-16)
Fuse & Stitch appliqué pieces (additional information found on page 40 and Appliqué Basics pages 8-16)
Sew together the completed appliqué blocks.
Make a pillow top sandwich (additional information found on page 29 & 34)
Quilt the Pillow top (additional information found on page 30) Tip: Pillows are a great time for students to try out new machine quilting techniques or keep it simple and teach straight line machine quilting.
Make the pillow backing (additional information found on page 34)
Complete the binding (additional information found on page 32)