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SEMINOLE SAMPLER PILLOW: Add unique flair to a chair, bed or sofa with a patchwork bolster pillow featuring a variety of traditional Seminole patterns. This modernized version is stitched in unexpected faux suede for a plush effect.

Skill Level: Intermediate

SUPPLIES

* 1/4 yard each of five coordinating 56"-wide faux suede fabrics (such as rust, blue, gray, cream & red)

* 3/4 yard of coordinating 56"-wide faux suede (such as taupe)

* 5/8 yard of 45"-wide fusible fleece interfacing

* 1 1/4 yards of 3/16"-diameter cording

* 18"-long regular nylon zipper

* All-purpose thread

* 6"x20" bolster pillow form (See "Sources.")

* Zipper or piping foot

PREPARE

From the rust faux suede, cut one 1" x the fabric width strip for row 2, one 1 1/2"x the fabric width strip for row 4 and one 2"x the fabric width strip for row 5.

From the blue faux suede, cut one 1 5/8"x the fabric width strip for row 2, one 3 1/2"x the fabric width strip for row 3 and one 1 1/4"x the fabric width strip for row 4.

From the gray faux suede, cut one 2 1/4"x the fabric width strip for row 1, one 1"x the fabric width strip for row 2, one 1 5/8"x the fabric width strip for row 2 and one 1 1/2"x the fabric width strip for row 5.

From the cream faux suede, cut one 2 1/4"x the fabric width strip for row 1 and two 1 1/2"x the fabric width strips for row 3 and 4.

From the red faux suede, cut one 1"x the fabric width strip for row 1, one 1 1/2"x the fabric width strip for row 3 and one 2"x the fabric width strip for row 5.

From the taupe faux suede, cut two 3 1/4"x the fabric width strips for row 2 and 4, one 1"x the fabric width strip for row 5, two 6 1/2"-diameter circles for the pillow sides and two 2"x22" bias strips for the piping.

From the interfacing, cut two 6 1/2"-diameter circles and one 20 1/2" square.

Fuse the circles to the corresponding suede wrong sides following the manufacturer's instructions.

PATCHWORK

Use 1/4" seam allowances and sew with right sides together.

To create the first row, stitch the gray and cream strips to either red strip long edge.

Mark the pieced strip widthwise center. Draw a 45[degrees] line to the right of the centerline. Measure and mark seven additional lines parallel to the first diagonal line, spaced 2" apart.

Draw a 45[degrees] line to the left of the centerline. Measure and mark seven additional lines parallel to the first diagonal line, spaced 2" apart.

Cut along each diagonal line to create seven right-handed pieces and seven left-handed pieces.

Stitch the pieces together, alternating the right- and left-handed pieces to create a chevron pattern and making sure the seamlines align.

Trim the row to 4 1/2"x20 1/2", centering the patchwork in the panel (1).

To create the second row, cut the blue and 1"-wide gray strips in half widthwise; discard one gray strip. Stitch each blue strip to either gray strip long edge.

Cut the pieced strip into twelve 1 5/8"-wide pieces, making sure the cutting lines are perpendicular to the strip long edges. Designate as A pieces.

Cut the rust and 1 5/8"-wide gray strip in half lengthwise; discard one rust strip. Stitch each gray strip to either rust strip long edge. Cut the pieced strip into six 1"-wide pieces, making sure the cutting lines are perpendicular to the strip long edges. Designate as B pieces.

To create a square block, stitch one A piece to either B-piece long edge, making sure the seamlines align.

Repeat to create five additional blocks.

From the taupe strip, cut seven 41/2"-wide pieces. Stitch a taupe rectangle between each block.

Draw a centered 45[degrees] line along each taupe rectangle between the strip long edges. Cut along each line. Stitch each piece together, matching the block corners on each seamline.

Trim the row to 41/2"x201/2", centering the patchwork in each panel (2).

To create the third row, stitch one red and blue strip to either cream strip long edge. Cut the pieced strip into eighteen 1 1/2"-wide pieces, making sure the cutting lines are perpendicular to the strip long edges.

Stitch each piece along the long edges, flipping each alternating piece 180[degrees] and aligning the cream-square lower right corner with the cream-square upper left corner of the adjacent piece.

Trim the row to 4 1/2" x 20 1/2", centering the patchwork in each panel (3).

To create the fourth row, cut the rust, cream and blue strips in half widthwise; discard one rust strip. Stitch one rust and cream strip along one long edge.

Cut the pieced strip into six 1 1/2"-wide pieces, making sure the cutting lines are perpendicular to the strip long edges. Designate as piece A.

Stitch one blue and cream strip along one long edge. Cut the pieced strip into six 2 1/2"-wide pieces, making sure the cutting lines are perpendicular to the strip long edges. Designate as piece B.

Cut the remaining blue strip into 3 1/4"-wide pieces.

Position one A piece perpendicular to one B piece; stitch. Stitch one blue-piece long edge to the A/B piece, making sure to join along the cream/blue long edge.

Repeat to create five additional blocks.

From the taupe strip, cut seven 4 1/2"-wide strips. Stitch a taupe rectangle between each block. Draw a centered 45[degrees] line along each taupe rectangle between the strip long edges. Cut along each line. Stitch each piece together, matching the block corners on each seamline.

Trim the row to 4 1/2"x20 1/2", centering the patchwork in each panel (4).

To create the fifth row, stitch one rust and gray strip long edge together. Stitch one taupe strip long edge to the remaining gray strip long edge. Stitch one red strip long edge to the remaining taupe long edge.

Beginning at the strip short right end, draw a left-handed 45[degrees] line. Measure and mark eleven additional lines parallel to and the first diagonal line, spaced 2 1/2" apart. Cut along each line to create eleven pieces.

Stitch each piece along the long edges, making sure to align the red/taupe seamlines and rust/gray seamlines.

Trim the row to 4 1/2" x 20 1/2", centering the patchwork in each panel (5).

CONSTRUCT

Use 1/4" seam allowances unless otherwise noted and sew with right sides together.

Cut the cording in half widthwise.

Center one cording piece over one piping-strip wrong side, and then fold it in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; pin.

Install a zipper or piping foot onto the machine. Stitch the strip as close to the cording as possible, making sure not to stretch the piping strip during stitching. Trim the seam allowances to 1/4".

Repeat to create the remaining piping.

Position one piping length over one pillow side with right sides together, aligning the piping raw edge with the circle perimeter.

Remove 1/2" of cording from one piping end, and then position the end beyond the circle perimeter. Using a zipper or piping foot, baste the piping to the pillow side (6).

Once the opposite piping short end is reached, overlap the piping beginning, and then position the short end beyond the circle perimeter. Trim the excess piping ends beyond the circle perimeter. Remove 1/2" of cording from the piping short end (7).

Repeat to baste the remaining piping length to the opposite pillow side.

Stitch each panel long edge in the desired order. Press each seam to the side that has the fewest crosswise seams. The finished patchwork panel measures 20 1/2" square.

Fuse the interfacing square to the patchwork panel wrong side following the manufacturer's instructions. Designate one panel edge with the pieced-strip short ends as the upper edge.

Staystitch the patchwork panel perimeter, using a 1/2" seam allowance along the upper and lower edges and W along the sides.

Position the patchwork-panel upper and lower edges right sides together; pin. Stitch 1 1/4" from each corner along the upper and lower edges, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Baste between the stitching using a 3/4" seam allowance. Press open the seam allowance.

Center the zipper wrong side up over the seam allowance; baste to secure. On the patchwork panel right side, topstitch 1/4" from each zipper seamline. Remove the basting.

Quarter-mark one patchwork panel side opening, using the zipper seamline as one mark. Quarter-mark one pillow side perimeter, using the piping ending point as one mark.

Turn the patchwork panel wrong side out. Open the zipper.

Pin the pillow side to the side opening, aligning the quarter marks and making sure the zipper seamline and piping ends match; baste. Using a zipper or piping foot, stitch just inside the piping stitching line.

Repeat to attach the remaining pillow side to the opposite side opening.

Turn the pillow right side out. Insert the pillow form.

BY TINA LEWIS

TIP: To keep everything organized, mark the number of the intended row on each strip wrong side using a removable fabric marker.
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