Slice & Stitch Challenge: Cheryl Brickey

Our sixth and final Slice & Stitch Challenge brings a wonderful year of collaboration to a close. We’ve loved partnering with our good friends at OLFA and have had so much fun seeing what fabulous projects the OLFA Ambassadors and Aurifil Artisans have created with each installment. Today, two final makers brings two new projects to life!!

Cheryl Brickey AND Yvonne Fuchs

OLFA Scissors & Aurifil 12wt

We are such big fans of Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Yvonne of QuiltingJetgirl! This one made us a little giddy because while Yvonne is the OLFA Ambassador, she is also one of our Artisans! It feels a little like a bonus round;). We’re so completely taken with the stunning projects that these two makers have created. Check out the tips, the tricks, the tutorials, and more, and start thinking about all the ways you might use OLFA Scissors in partner with Aurifil 12wt.

Hi! I’m Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs, and I am excited to share a quick and easy, raw edge, reverse appliqué pillow that you can make for the upcoming holiday season.

I am paired up with my very good friend Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl to showcase Aurifil’s 12wt cotton thread and OLFA’s scissors. Without talking to each other, we both decided to make reverse appliqué pillows (using different techniques), so please hop over to her blog to see her creation.

I love using Aurifil’s 12wt thread in my machine for quilting; the thick thread gives a strong visual look that is difficult to produce any other way.  Here are my tips for using Aurifil 12wt in your machine:

  • Use 12wt as the top thread and a matching 50wt thread in the bobbin.
  • Use a needle with a larger eye such as a 90/14 or a top stitch needle.
  • Go slowly, whether using your walking foot or free motion foot, and sew slowly.
  • Increase your stitch length (or make larger stitches if doing free motion quilting)

With these tips, you are ready to start!  This tutorial does not include fabric amounts because the amount of fabric needed will depend on your template, pillow size, and pillow enclosure.

Step 1 – Create your template & make your pieced lower layer
I used a snowflake template for my pillow from Microsoft PowerPoint.  PowerPoint contains thousands of free drawings/pictures and I had multiple snowflake illustrations to choose from.  I added the snowflake to my presentation, sized it, then printed and cut it out.

To match my holiday decorations, I wanted a red snowflake.  I used some red print strips, mostly from different Bonnie and Camille for Moda prints, and sewed them into a square that was larger than my template.

Step 2 – Layer the pillow top and trace the template
I layered in order:

  • Backing fabric, right side facing down
  • Batting (I used Warm & White by the Warm Company)
  • Pieced lower layer, right side facing up
  • Top fabric, right side facing up

I pinned all 4 layers together and then traced the shape of the snowflake onto the top fabric, making sure that it was centered.

Step 3 – Stitch around the template and cut out inside
I used my free motion foot and free motion quilted just outside of the traced line.  The thick 12wt thread showed up nicely against the black linen.  Next, I used my OLFA scissors to carefully cut just the top layer almost to the stitching line.  This is raw edge, reverse appliqué so the fabric just inside of the quilting line may fray a bit.

Step 4 – Finish your pillow
You can finish your pillow any way you would like.  I used an envelope backing, but you could also use a regular zipper, invisible zipper, or buttons.

I hope that you enjoy your quick raw edge, reverse appliqué pillow!  My new kitten Piper sure does.


To enter to win

click HERE. You do not have to complete all of the entries, but the more you do, the greater your chance of winning! This giveaway is open to all of our friends, worldwide. Entries will be accepted between now and 11:59pm on Thursday, December 5th. Winner will be contacted via email. Good luck!

Head on over to OLFA’s blog to check out Yvonne’s (Quilting Jetgirl) project and don’t miss our next and last Slice & Stitch Challenge for 2019 coming up in November!

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Cheryl Brickey is a chemical engineer by day writing patent applications for a textile company and a quilter by night. She lives in South Carolina with her husband, two children, and a herd of three cats. Cheryl’s quilts have been featured in numerous national and international magazines and won awards at national quilt shows. Cheryl enjoys all aspects of quilting, especially designing quilt patterns and quilt math, and her modern traditional style excites beginning quilters and inspires advanced quilters.


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