Welcome to my day on the It’s a Guy Thing Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt! When Carol announced this blog hop, I immediately knew what I would make. The trouble was I had put the pattern in a “safe” place and couldn’t find it!! I bet that’s never happened to you, huh?! Well, I started going through all the “safe” places in my studio and finally found it!! Thanks, Carol, for hosting this fun hop and for the prod to do a little cleaning!! I hope you will enjoy this project. I had a few trial and error fun times, but it is finished!! And my non-quilting sweetie pie loves it too. I am so thankful he is supportive of my “habits!!” LOL
Several years ago, my LQS had a free pattern booklet by Moda. I picked it up and looked at it for quite a while before I put it in that safe place! LOL After finding it again, I contacted Moda and received permission to use it, as well as the ok to share my redrafted block and instructions for this blog hop. Thank you, Moda Fabrics! The pattern is still free as a download at this link. This block is approximately 22 inches, which is a bit larger than I wanted for this project, thus the redrafted block, which I will share with you as well.
For this project, I decided to make a pillow and to use my Crafter’s Edge Crossover II (which is on sale the month of July for 25% off!! The sale price will show when you add it to your cart.) I used the Beautiful Posey Flowers Set 1 dies in two of the sizes for the appliques. This project uses Square dies also!
As I was deciding which fabrics to use, and having some awesome green floral batiks, I thought about all the Hawaiian shirts some guys enjoy wearing. I’ve tried to get mine to wear one, but he’s a T-shirt kinda guy! So I decided this would be the next best thing! LOL Plus, I immediately thought of the Posey Flower dies for embellishment!
So I redrafted the block in EQ8, to come up with this 12 inch block.
Next I added some borders and cornerstones to make it into an 18-1/2 x 18-1/2 inch pillow!
Now even more fun! Adding the chosen fabrics, piecing the pillow, cutting appliques, (my sweet granddaughter helped with this process – she loves using the Crossover II!) stitching them on, and quilting! And here is the final result!
The shirt fabric and back are coordinates I bought from a vendor at our guild quilt show several years ago (not exactly Hawaiian, but pretty close!” The teal blue and mustard are Moda Grey basic grunge. The sides and top are Island Batik Almond basic. The shirt “opening” would normally be the shirt fabric using the wrong side, but since this is a batik, I had to improvise and found this in my stash also. I used rulers for stitch in the ditch and the waves in the borders. Then I added straight lines on each side of the center as a “placket” and stitched the buttons on with my domestic machine. As you can see the front collar is “detached!” I decided to go “rogue” on the envelope back and try something a bit different. I had a brain malfunction when I first stitched it all together and had to unstitch it partially and rethink my strategy, but I learned a lot making it! I was going to have it look like a regular envelope, but opted to make it a little more fancy, and I love the final result!
If you would like, here is a tutorial and pattern for my pillow. Again, thanks, to Moda Fabrics for allowing me to share this with you! Click the image to go to Payhip for this FREE tutorial!
Would your sweetie wear this Fruit Juicy Hawaiian Shirt?? You know I must leave you with this ear worm, cause “Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout a Sharp Dressed Man!!” (I do not own the lyrics to this song!)
And one last thing. Here is a favorite pic of my niece Stephanie with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. She worked as a cashier at Costco in Michigan and when he shopped there, he would always go through her line!
Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope you will check out my fellow bloggers “Guy Things!”