Monday, May 5, 2014

Trust Me. . .


Saturday and Sunday, I cleared a spot on my cutting table to prepare some fabric for Quilt of Valor (QOV) presentation cases. The fabric I selected for the cases is old and not the quality required for a quilt top or back. The presentation cases (actually pillowcases) are given to the QOV recipient to help protect the quilts.

I use two or three coordinating fabrics when making the cases. The cuff is at least 9 inches wide (cut width of fabric), the decorative trim is 2 inches wide (cut width of fabric), and the body is at least 27 inches wide (cut width of fabric).

The "pattern" I use is called Sausage Roll Pillowcase or Burrito or Magic Pillowcase. It is usually constructed without any raw edges to fray. At first glance, the directions seem odd and counter-intuitive, but by trusting the pattern, success can be achieved.


Have you used a pattern that required you to blindly trust the designer?


17 comments:

  1. I thought I made a comment but I don't see it...Oh well, I'll try again. I love this pattern only mine is called hotdog pillowcase, in fact two are going out in the mail today.

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  2. Occasionally I've trusted a pattern that didn't make sense only to find out there was a mistake made in publishing.

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  3. You are so right that this pattern did not make any sense until you actually see it work. Love, love, love this pillowcase pattern and have made close to 100 in the past 5 years. I just donated 4 to a local project a couple of weeks ago. And I have 2 cut out to make for grand-kids.

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  4. Ha! This very same pattern. I do like how the pillowcases turn out though. I like making these cases cause they do use up quite a bit of fabric, quickly and easily. However, I'm getting to the point that I don't have much fabric I'm interested in giving up to these pillowcases. I always think there is a quilt that might need the fabric. Sigh. The stash is growing not declining right now.

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  5. When I first started knitting socks, I could NOT see how it was all going to come together. Then I just followed what they said step by step. And what do you know? I got SOCKS! LOL

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  6. Oh yeah. Socks and lace, oh, and a baby sweater. Step by step, it work out.

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  7. Yes, the entrelac hat. It makes no sense at first but all comes out well in the end.

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  8. Thank you for linking to that pattern. My daughter learned years ago how to make pillowcases like that, but I didn't know where to find the pattern--and my daughter has since forgotten. It really does seem counter-intuitive, doesn't it?

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  9. One of the craziest patterns I knit as far as having to trust it is EZ's surprise sweater, but I can't really think of a sewing pattern that left me guessing like that one did.

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  10. This pattern was had to get my mind around, but once I saw the case being made it "clicked". Love this pattern.

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  11. I can't follow directions... I need to see it to do it... I would find that very challenging!!

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  12. No and I was never any good at measuring either...most likely my downf all as a seamstress:)

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  13. I have done some knitting patterns where I had to trust the pattern/designer, and it's TOUGH!!

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  14. I do love the way those cases finish with no raw edges. And I have finally gotten the hang of French seams, so it takes just a short while to whip out a case. But the first few... I had to keep my fingers crossed and persevere on through until I finally could visualize what was happening.
    Wonderful job, Nancy!

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  15. I have had to trust the designer many times. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. I'm at about 50/50 now. I think I can see how your pillowcase works and I think it is a wonderful idea to protect the quilt. You have made me think about making a cover for a couple of my quilts.

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  16. Yes I have and it would be this exact pattern. I love the result, gives me a buzz ea.ch time I make one.

    Linda

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  17. Love the burrito method. I'll be making lots of them this weekend during a kids pillow case day at my guild. Yours look great.

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