The first thing I did was to choose three blocks that looked nice together. You could make three matching blocks, of course. Your blocks need to be 12 1/2 inches (unfinished size)
Much better! You will need to cut one 18 1/2 inch square and two 9 1/2 inch squares. If you don't have a ruler to measure a large square, you can combine two rulers to get the finished size. I used my 12 1/2 inch square ruler and my 6 x 12 ruler to do the cutting - just go slow and make sure you place your hand on the ruler next to the cut and you will do fine!
The two 9 1/2 inch squares will both need to be cut in half in only one direction. These will be the small triangles on the two ends.
Sew these to the two outside squares, finger press to the find the center of the side of your block and the long side of the triangles. match these up and sew together.
After sewing this, add the long triangles in the same way, but sewing the short side of the triangle to the upper right side of the end block.
For the backing you will need about 3/4 yard of fabric. I cut two pieces 17 1/2 inches by the length of the fabric. The easy way to do this is to cut the two selvages off, then cut 17 1/2 from the selvage. Square up the two ends of each piece, then hem one edge of each piece. I fold down 2 inches, then press the end to the fold to make a 1 inch doubled hem.
In summary – to make this pillow you will need:
Three pieced or appliqued quilt blocks, 12 ½ inches unfinished
5/8 yard fabric for the setting triangles
¾ yard fabric for the backing
1/3 yard for the binding
One 18 x 52 inch body pillow or
Two 20 x 26 inch regular pillows
Fabric for lining the quilted top and batting.
If you would like to download a printable pfd of this pattern, it is available here in my Craftsy pattern shop.
Thanks for encouraging me to create this tutorial! Enjoy!