New- Chevron Pillows Pattern!

Sew Something Different!

Looking to sew something different?  Meet the Chevron Pillow!  

This pattern has been a looooong time in the making.  So many incarnations. But the basic design was swiped from antique French 'biscornu' pincushions.  Biscornu meaning 'many horned' or 'wonky.'  

Fast forward to 2017 and the La Todera lab, the biscornu is transformed- blown up to 3 pillow sized creations, and done up in strippy patchwork with quilting fabrics!

Usually quilting cottons wouldn't hold up to regular pillow use.  The answer? The strips are sewn onto a muslin foundation to give the fabrics body. The stitch and flip method and cutting chart makes this a snap.

The design creates a zig zag or chevron effect on the side of the pillow, hence the name- a total conversation piece! I love a pattern that looks complicated, but a snap to make- don't you?

Another issue presented itself once again when designing a tufted pillow.  Often what kept me from finishing a pillow was what kind of buttons to use for tufting.  Not everyone has a button box from Aunt Trudy- and covering buttons can be daunting!

Handmade tassels from embroidery floss, (available in every color under the sun) can be made to coordinate with any fabric combo you can dream up.  No searching for the perfect buttons or covering buttons to match. 1500s.

I've been told that these pillows don't  just look cool, but they are comfy!  This unique 8 pointed pillow is a perfect noggin cradle.  This is the pillow they’ll fight over! 

With 3 sizes to make and endless color combinations, I hope you’ll use this pattern again and again. Make them for yourself, and for gifts for kids from 1 to 101!  (Our dog Ollie has claimed these two for herself...)

Finished size of pillows:  Small: 13"   Medium: 16 1/2"   Large: 20" across.

That's all for now- back to the sewing lab for me!


P.S. - How 'Bout a Free Pattern? 

When you sign up for the La Todera newsletter, you'll automagically receive this faboo pattern in your inbox!  Then about every two weeks, you'll get a specially crafted newsletter chock full of colorful sewing eye candy, news about the latest patterns, discounts, freebies, and  cool links.  Win-win!

Julie Creus
Mad scientess of sewing, creating patterns that stretch the limits of fabric. I relish in making fabric do amazing things!

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Chevron Pillows- A Brand New Pattern!

Brand New Pattern- Chevron Pillows!

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May 17, 2017

Free Pattern- Fan Medallions- Limited time only!

Good day crafty person!

For a limited time only, if you sign up for the La Todera newsletter, you'll receive the Full Moon Fan Medallions Pattern!

Full Moon Fabric Medallions Fans made with quilting fabric

These are a low-sew, no sew project for hanging fabric medallions.  Make them for a kid's bedroom, a party, a holiday, you name it.  And when you are done with them, they simply fold up for storage!

I have them hanging in my studio because I love looking at the Kaffe Fassett fabric that I used for them.  You can use your favorite quilting cotton for your designs :) 

Can't wait to see what you do with this pattern!


PS, if you already subscribe, I'll add this in the next newbie.  If not, don't wait- I like to switch out the offers and change up the freebies :)

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Press Alert- Plumeria Potholder Pattern!

plumeria quilted flower potholder

Plumeria potholders- too pretty to hide in a drawer!

Buy Plumeria Potholder Pattern Now

Press alert! Press alert! 
The Quilting Digest featured the Plumeria Potholder Pattern!
That explains the explosion of sales I've been receiving for this pattern.  Good thing it's a downloadable PDF pattern- which never runs out!  (There are also available in printed version at your local quilt shop.)

Thank you Quilting Digest!!

Truth be told, I had my doubts about making the pattern cover image 'beauty shot' a hot pink potholder.  I mean, I keep a colorful kitchen, but does everyone??  Welp, I guess so! (Or at least that didn't stop anybody from making their own color combos :) )

Here are a few photos found around the inter webs of interpretations of the Plumeria Potholder in different color ways, plus 2 variations by yours truly:

What fabrics would you use?? I'd love to hear from you!  Please drop me a line, about potholders, or anything you'd like to chat about to


Originally posted on 4/3/17

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Big Stitch Quilting- It's a (Beautiful) Thing

Big stitch quilting on my quilt of the moment...


Big stitch quilting is a thing!  I'm a little slow to catch on.  And I don't mean just because it's been a trend for a couple of years now.  (And it has...)  I mean because it has it's roots in ancient Kantha Quilting and Japanese Boro quilting :)


Kantha quilting done on layers of silk sari patches.


Japanese Boro stitching highlighting layers of Japanese fabric patches.


My big stitching experiment is on my quilt du jour- 'Seed Packets' by Kaffe Fassett from his new 'Bold Blooms' book.  Yummy, no?


'Seed Packets' by Kaffe Fassett from his new 'Bold Blooms' book.


Here is the center portion of my 'Seed Packet's quilt.  One incantation anyways!!  I went through many versions before I was pleased, and added 2 borders of smaller flowers like the original.


Decided to big stitch this bad girl.  Big stitching is a lot like traditional hand quilting- stitches are loaded on the needle, you bury the knots, and a hoop is used.
Except big stitching is like hand quilting on steroids- the needle is bigger, thread is thicker, and the stitches are longer.  I'm loving the subtle color that the perle cotton adds to the patches so far!

Here I've used a #5 embroidery sharpe needle and #8 perle cotton.

Unlike the parallel lines of the kantha and boro examples shown above, I'm just stitching in the ditch around the patches. Then I plan to add some detail in each of the large flower patches.  
I'm digging the spontaneity of the stitching.  I decided that I would not pull out any uneven stitches.  Of course they get more even with practice.  But the wonky scale of the stitches gives the quilt a kind of naive quality that is stress free and refreshing.  I'm hooked!


Stitching in the ditch between flower patches with red perle cotton.


You can bet I'll post a picture of the finished quilt. Shouldn't be too long- this goes fast!! Big stitch quilting is a (beautiful) thing!

Anyone else doing big stitch quilting?  I'd love to hear from you!


Originally published 4/15/17

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Quilting Arts TV 1400 Series

Hi everyone!
It's my honor to take a turn on the Quilting Arts TV Blog Tour for series 1400!

What a thrill to be included in this series, the first of Quilt Arts TV's new host, Susan Brubaker Knapp! Susan is an amazing artist in her own right, and is lending her broad talents in quilting and hosting to this well loved show.

Susan Brubaker Knapp and I

Want to know when the show will air in your area?...

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March 30, 2017 1 tags (show)

William B. Morris wears a Kafflower....

OMG. That's the Kafflower pattern featured on the one and only Barbara Brackman's blog!!!! See the Kafflower adorning the Willam Morris portrait, then scroll down to see close-up of a Kafflower made up in Barbara's delicious William Morris fabrics!! A total honor...

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March 30, 2017 1 tags (show)

FabShop Houston Quilt Market Door Prize Fun

Are you a quilt shop owner going to the Houston Market next week?  Don't miss the FabShop Kickoff dinner.  There will be lots of door prizes, including this one by yours truly:


Good luck!

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March 30, 2017 1 tags (show)

New! Butterfly Placemats Pattern

Wishing for some Spring right about now?  How 'bout bringing some butterflies into your house to as a reminder of nicer weather?

Finished placemats measure 12'' by 24''.

Introducing:  The Butterfly Placemat Pattern!
Now available in the store.
So a lil' bit about these babies-
Butterfly Placemats will make your table look funky and fabulous- even between meals!
Make them scrappy, make them from solids,...

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March 30, 2017

Quilting Arts TV Debut!

I want to share about a recent fantastic experience I had - the filming of 3 segments for Quilting Arts TV!!

When my pal Susan Brubaker Knapp was named the new host for Quilting Arts TV, I knew this program was about to get EVEN BETTER. Susan is such a talented quilt artist, teacher, enthusiast and networker. And such a beautiful, feeling person inside and out. What could be better qualifications...

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The Protea Pincushion- a Kingsized Flower Pincushion!

No secret- I've got mad love for weird flowers.  The more exotic the better!

When I come upon a species I haven't seen before, I can't help it-  I've got to research it.  I've often got the latest crush on my kitchen counter available for viewing every time I walk by.  I obsess until I've figured out for myself what sets that particular flower apart from all it's other cousins in the flower world.


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Best Quilting Iron

Did you ever buy anything so awesome that you just want to shout it from the rooftops??  As not too many of my friends are crafters, I thought you readers would be the perfect audience…
I love my new Reliable V100 Digital Velocity Iron!!!
(I knew you would be excited for me :)  )

A few months ago, my last iron bit the dust. It was spitting out water like a whale's blowhole, which is not only...

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I Wanna be Her When I Grow Up....

I want to be Ilona when I grow up.  She has got it goin' on!!!!

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Oh, How I Love My New Quilt Design Wall!

I loves me a good design wall.  They are so awesome for:

  • Looking at your projects from afar to get some perspective
  • Letting you change up elements in your project easily and quickly just by moving and 'sticking' to the flannel
  • Keeping your projects off of the dirty floor or cluttering up your tables

I did have a large camel colored flannel covered 'inspiration board' in my studio. Problem? It was...

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Free Pattern- Fabric Ornament Bling Balls

Hey there, 
If you are here, you may already have seen the email newsletter signup popup on the home page.  Be SURE not to miss out on this freebie (Limited time only.) - it's a full sized pattern with templates and instructions for 5 sizes of gorgeous and customizable Christmas ornaments.

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November 20, 2016

I Heart Strange Flowers!

Good afternoon!


Wow, it's so hard to concentrate on such a sunny, mellow day here in Orlando!  Going to keep this short as I have a whole lot of gardening to catch up on...

Here are a few pics from my porch and yard:


Lifesaver Cactus

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August 11, 2016

'Hand Sewing Only' Pattern List and Discount Code

Anyone for a little hand sewing? By popular request, here is a complete list of La Todera 'hand sewing only, no sewing machine required' patterns:

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Adventures in Fabric Book

Hi Blogland!

I'm just having a love attack about my book,  'Adventures in Fabric.'  I'm absolutely wild about how it came out- the graphic designer and photographer are at the top of their games with this book.  And I'm so happy about the range of projects, the reviews that it's gotten (Publishers Weekly, Mark Lipinski, Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, Susan Brubaker Knapp (host of Quilting Arts TV,) ...

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By Julie Creus on 2015-01-13

Welp, the holidays are over and the rhythms of real life are taking over again...  I'm grateful for the return to routine, actually.  Maybe it's age, maybe it's life changes.  But I'm ready for routine!!

The holidays begat some personal projects.  Personal projects for me usually mean quilts and working from my personal stash of recycled cotton shirts.  Here is the fruit of my labors:

Mapping out a...

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