Whilst tweeting with Julia from Gone to Earth last week, she mentioned that she had a new product in the shop. A fusible fleece which piqued my interest so I ordered some to see what could be done with it. Here's the pillow I made.
I started with this beautiful mini quilt made by Tia Camp Follower Bag Lady which I saw and instantly told Tia I needed to pretty much downright copy. And seeing as my Etchings Wovens FQ stack was calling out to me, I rustled up a pillow.
18" X 28" - it is the size of a standard UK pillow (and I mean pillow) so no cushion insert shopping needed - just steal a pillow from one of my many children, they'll never notice. Six wonky 6" stars, 2" scrappy stripes and hey presto. And then came the magical bit. I cut off a piece of the fusible fleece, ironed it on, quilted and bound and hey presto. No basting pins to take out as you go, no puckering because the fabric was attached to the fleece all over, no messy basting spray or pins and also no backing fabric because the back of the fusible fleece is nice and smooth. The fleece also quilts beautifully, and, from a quick afternoon old lady nap before pick-up time, is very comfy to nap on too.
I hear that people also use it for bags, mini quilts, purses, pouches and even door stops. If you're in the UK and want to try some, get in touch with Julia at Gone to Earth. I apologise for not researching stockists around the world but google "vilene fusible fleece" and you should find it. And, if you Etchings, you might also be interested in knowing that Julia has just taken delivery of some of the Cabbages and Roses Northcote Range new line - it will be listed very shortly in her shop. These are Moda fabrics designed in Britain for a Brit Shabby Chic look, I fell in love with them when I was working on my hexalong and managed to get my hands on a layer cake. Here they are made up in a fab union jack quilt.