welcome my name is Kelly Kapowski I'm the sewing specialist here at Ponton Porter in this quilting kukuli tutorial I'm going to show you how to put together the project called quiet time if you'd like to purchase this pattern or the tool that we're going to be showing please visit our website we're going to be using a great collection of really modern prints 10 inch squares pre-cut and we're going to pair it up with a new tool that we have called the clamshell template and it fits on that 10 inch square so we can cut the pieces for this pillow really quickly now you can see that around the edges of the pillow you have just portions of clam shells and we are going to be cutting away something squaring things up but what we need to do is cut out from this template and I've got it just on a piece of fabric here so we can talk about how this template is is placed on the fabric and how it's used now the template can also be used as halves but we're going to use it the entire thing so you can ignore this centerline here we've got curves on all sides which means we're going to have a lot of bias edges but if we work through it and you'll find out that these kind of curved piecing aren't too terrible to work with we also have a notch here in the top so tell us where our Center is on the on the block so once we kind of understand how our template is created then we can take a ten inch square fabric to take these out of our way for now I'm going to show you the quick cutting that you can do with this template the one nice thing that you might want to if you have one already or you haven't purchased one yet is a rotating mat and that will help you always be cutting from a safe direction so how to do is this layer up you could layer mat on top of mat so you can easily slide but if it's a smaller one you don't have to worry about it's a little easier to maneuver now my template fits on there perfectly little bit of fabric on the edges nice thing about doing it from the pre cuts is that you get a variety of fabrics already color-coordinated for you so a lot of like using that that pre-cut now I'm using a smaller rotary cutter here the blade is a little smaller that means that it can go in to this curve more easily so what I'm going to do is then just cut down through that I can rotate so I'm like pushing away from myself
now thick long curved now you can put little sticky tabs or sand paper tabs under your template if it tends to shift too much for you but that is the idea that you get the clamshell shape quickly using that template but too much waste there's always more fabric to buy now once you've gone down through your pre-cut 10 inch squares and cut the number that we require for your pattern now it's time to lay out those shapes and start the construction process oops I forgot the one little thing you can mark that notch if you lay it back on there we can mark that not either with a rotary blade just a little tiny notch there at the very top of our block or you can go in with the scissors and make a little snip there so you know where the very top I just made a little tiny notch so I know where the top of my block is there my curve now here are some that are starting to become destructed and joined together already so you kind of have a roadmap where we're going now you see in this top corner this is a portion of the of a point a stem piece that's represented here some of this is going to be cut away but the fun part about the clamshell is you get that curve like graceful line that you want so what we're going to do is start gut pieces already one two and three already put together here they may be different color so just bear with me but what we were on to do is talk about how to add these pieces in and what I'm going to have you do is you're going to take a tool a marking tool now depending what color your fabrics are you may need a marking tool that will work on darks so I have one that have white chalk in it I can get it there we go so the white will show up a little better than a dark if I were marking on the gray I could use the black but what I'm going to do is go in I'm going to mark the corner a quarter inch in from each of these cut pieces and put a dots that tells me starts and stops on this block so then a quarter inch in from both of these corners also both sides a quarter is right at the corner of my little ruler and that will tell me then remember we made that snip so there's my halfway point and that will be more critical when this piece say for instance is put in here so I know where I start and stop down at the bottom and I know where my center needs to be lined up not quite as critical here but I do need to know my starts and stops to get in here so what we're going to be doing is putting right sides together and take just a few pins and I'm going to lathe right sides together here and I want to have this piece on top that way I turn it so that I can easily pin the pieces now what I'm going to do is take this little piece here I'm going to turn it so that I get my rough pieces cut edges align and put there and remember we marked and that's going to be pulled back I want to sew to the dot when I was putting it in there and I'm going to put my pin in right where my chalk dot is there you can see I'm right into it there I'm going to align my piece my cut edges again here and out got it matched up put my pin in there this is what I want stitched together now putting clamshell pieces together isn't a beginner technique it's at least on intermediate maybe an advanced technique but if you're determined and you love this project you will get it done so what we need to do is put this together so I'm going to slide this out of the way we're going to go to the sewing machine and because the pieces are all engineered too late right one on top of the other you can start and stop and have things come out just perfect now you're going to want to practice this technique before you start I would say cut out a few pieces practice pruning this curve together until you feel confident and then jump into your project so it's good to learn a new skill once I get the first couple stitches to take my pin out and then I work my way along that curve constantly nudging those cut edges together so I can put in a perfect quarter inch seam and you work just a little bit at a time don't be in any hurry this is a enjoy the process kind of project not a speed demon kind of sewing project so we work our way along the curve stopping to adjust as you go if you feel comfortable comfortable building up picking up your presser foot while the needle is stopped and the needles down you can pick up your presser foot to align your fabric but if you just take your time you can easily once you get about 2/3 of the way through the curve the rest seems to just kind of fall into place and here I'll be stitch right through almost to the pin take the pin out and right off the end
now there is our quarter inch seam and you're going to press that and out away from the original here now at this point we're at the top can I have to tuck this back we're going to be trimming some of these fabrics away to make a straight line later so if those overlap a little okay you're going to press your seam allowances toward the concave shape then you're away and you just keep working your way along that top row adding pieces when you get down here to the next row this piece FB off the edge because we're going to cut away to make a square pillow when you're working here you get to work all the way through two curves at once so once you're under the you're under the machine you're going to be working your way all the way along this large curved the top and so it's basically putting sent matching centers number that will Center we talked about your corners stretched out it seems messy when you're trying to align it but remember in here pin here and the rest will walk right together so once you've got the rows required for your pillow follow the diagram great diagrams drawn in our pattern you're going to be taking a ruler at the end and tuck this back this part you'll understand once you get to the project those overlap just for the time being what we need to do is cut this corner outside edge here into straight a straight corner on squared off corner so what we're going to do layout our project and we would have more of them assembled but where this intersection is we need to have a quarter inch seen here we need a quarter inch beyond the edge here and you're going to come in then and the diagrams and the instructions even tell you show you how to cut the outside corners to have a squared off pillow we also have a tutorial in our so easy category if you'd like to learn about putting a lap back pillow to finish with binding included so visit us at the so easy finished pillow finishing video if you'd like to see that part thanks for joining me today if you'd like the other tutorial please visit our website you
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Finished Size: 23" x 23"
Project Rating: Intermediate
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