Hooray! At long last I’m pleased to share my latest pattern, the Patchwork Llama Pillow! I designed this little fella last year when my Juxtaposey fabric collection came out. Life has just been a crazy whirlwind ever since (ok, it was before that too) and I can’t believe a full year has passed. But better late than never and good things come to those who wait, etc (Insert your favorite procrastination saying here).
The Patchwork Llama Pillow is a fun project to make using a variety of fabrics. Choose vintage scraps, 2 ½” wide “jelly roll” strips or mix your favorite quilting cottons with brightly colored wool solids. You can accent your llama with extra details such as embroidered elements or yarn-y ear tassels and pompoms.
The pattern is available in my shop, as well as “fat 16th” stacks of Justaposey cotton and yummy bright wool solids , if you’d like to create one like mine. I even put together some stacks of my earlier Dutch Treat fabric collection. Each stack has the full collection of 18 prints, measuring 9″ x 11″ each. You can find them in my shop as well.
Juxtaposey! This is what the sample above is made with.
Dutch Treat! This is what I’ll be sewing with in the upcoming Sew-along I have planned! (Details below)
Let me tell you about this delicious wool! It’s a melton wool (woven, not felt!) from Riley Blake. I curated the color palette to coordinate with Juxtaposey, but guess what? Most of the colors play nice with Dutch Treat as well. This bundle has 9 different color “fat 16ths” each measuring 9″ x 11″, plus a bonus “fat 8th” (9″ x 22″) for the side strip of the pillow in either Scarlet or Turquoise. Yummy!
Let’s do a Llam-along!
It’s been quite a while since I hosted a sew-along and this seems like a fun project to do together. We’ll start a week from today (3/12/18) to give you some time to pull together what you’ll need. You can use fabrics in your stash or purchase the one’s I’ve put together, above. You’ll need to purchase the pattern and gather the following materials:
¼ yard of Wool in a variety of colors
¼ yard of Cotton in a variety of prints
Embroidery floss (optional)
Yarn in an accent color (optional)
2 Buttons for eyes (or felt if for a younger child)
Rotary cutter and mat
The sew-along will be hosted here on my blog and will consist of regular posts with photos as well as some video. The schedule is as follows:
Monday 3/12/18: Prepare materials, cutting
Wednesday 3/14/18: Sewing patchwork
Tuesday 3/20/18: Assemble Llama
Thursday 3/22/18: Ears and Tail
Friday 3/23/18: Embellishments
I hope you’ll join in the fun! If you haven’t already, please join the School of Wool Facebook Group. I may get brave and do a Facebook Live video over there during the Llam-along. Post your finished Patchwork Llama in the Facebook Group or on Instagram with the tag #betzwhitellamalong by April 15th to be eligible to win a prize! I’ll choose one winner to receive a mystery surprise pack from me!
Let me know if you have any questions in the meantime!