Summerlove Blooms Tutorial

I’m excited to share my first project as a member of the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang!  I designed this paper pieced pillow cover pattern that I am calling Summerlove Blooms.

If you are new to paper piecing, this might be a great place for you to start.  My tutorial will take you through the paper piecing step by step with photographs.  The pattern is available as a pdf download on the Art Gallery Fabrics Blog.  

If you’d like to win your own set of the same eight fat quarters I used to make this project, you can enter the giveaway here and I will draw a winner on Friday, August 3.

My rules:
Just leave a comment here on my blog

Art Gallery Fabrics rules:
Subscribe to the Art Gallery Fabrics blog
Follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pinterest
Like Art Gallery Fabrics on Facebook (optional)

 Please post pictures of your completed projects on the Art Gallery Fabrics Flickr group–there are random giveaways!


  1. I’ve really fancied having a go at paper piecing, thanks for the tutorial!

    I’m not sure how to enter for the Art Galleries rules, but I do follow their blog…

    • Wendy, you have entered simply by leaving this comment. We are trusting that you are following the AGF rules too and are following their blog and Pinterest or Facebook or Twitter-whichever you like best!

  2. The colors are lovely! I’m currently EPPing a pattern I modified from an old hexagon tile pattern I saw.

  3. These look gorgeous. I was in Tacha’s EPP class at FQ Retreat, and have continued the project, just need to keep going. It’s a great project as it’s portable and I can do it while ‘watching’ the children! thanks for the giveaway

  4. The pillows are Beautiful!!!

  5. These pillows are gorgeous! I’ve never tried paper piecing but I really want to give it a go…Thanks for the tutorial and pattern! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I love these pillows and those fabrics!

  7. I just completed my first paper pieced block, and while it was tricky to start Iactually quite enjoyed it!

    Would love to win that fabric, but am really excited about trying the pillow regardless!!

  8. I love your pillows:) I follow you and Art Gallery:)

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  10. Love these pillows. Thanks for the free pattern. Following Art Gallery on Pinterest, subscribed and xxfingers crossedxx that I get lucky and win these lovely fabrics.

    Edit … forgot to add that I do have some paper piecing expreience … mostly in smaller projects, blocks and borders. I have not yet done a bed-size quilt in this method. Sew many possibilities … 🙂 Pat

  11. I’m totally addicted to EPP. Love the pattern!

  12. I have been wanting to learn paper piecing, and this would be a perfect project.

  13. i’m not sure why i’m so intimated by paper piecing, thank you for posting the patter! Can’t wait to start!
    and i LOVE art gallery fabrics! love the quality.
    I follow them on FB, blog, and pinterest.

  14. The Summer Bloom pillows are beautiful. I am excited to try this paper pieced pattern.

  15. This pillow is wonderful, I really want to make one!

  16. Oh, I LOVE paper piecing! There is a PPed pattern for anything one could want and when I finish a block I have little bits to fill up a doggie bed for my furry friends!

  17. I would LOVE to win these fabrics! They are so pretty.

  18. Beautiful pillows! Thanks for the great tutorial and the chance to win.

  19. Cute Pillows!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  20. Yummy pillows!:)

  21. Pretty! I could use some new pillows and these look like fun to make.

  22. I would love a chance to win! Thank you so much!

  23. Love this fabric and the chance to win it, it would make a lovely project for my new blog 🙂

  24. What a great group of fabrics!

  25. I am currently taking an on-line handstitching class and just finished my first EPP project yesterday! A lovely hexagon tree bag. These are wonderful fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. I love this tutorial! Thank YOU!

  27. Another Amy “must make” on my list! Fabulous! I am following AGF’s rules too!Thanks for the wonderful pattern, Amy. Thanks to AGF for the great fabric giveaway.

  28. Those are such pretty fabrics. I really like the colors!

  29. What a cute bundle. Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Love these pillows. And I’ve been wanting to try paper piecing. Thanks!

  31. The cushions are gorgeous, thank you for the tutorial. I already like them on facebook and follow on Pinterest. Thank you for a great giveaway.

  32. Great pattern!
    Gorgeous fabrics!

  33. i would love a chance to win, Amy, thank you!…and have subscribed to Arts Gallery Fabrics Blog too 😉

  34. amers56 says:

    Lovely pillows! Pat Bravo is my current favourite too. Never done paper piecing but this seems like a good place to start 🙂
    ps follow on Facebook and subscribe to blog

  35. Jeannie says:

    I love both of these pillows! they are so fresh looking!

  36. I don’t have any experience with paper piecing but have always wanted to try it. Just too busy with other projects. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  37. Those colors are soooo juicy……and so is the pattern!

  38. These pillows are so pretty! I’ve never tried paper piecing before, but I’ve wanted to try for a while!

  39. Cute fabric! Would love to win it!

  40. I love paper piecing!

  41. What a good project….I love the look of the pillows. I have only tried paper piecing once….I found it a bit time consuming, but the look is great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  42. Beautiful Pillows! Would love to win.

  43. I’ve never tried paper piecing, I’ve read quite a bit about it the last few weeks. Finding the idea of it slightly intimidating (I’ve not done much hand sewing), but would like it give it a go!
    Following AGF in all the ways listed above 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. love those pillows thanks for the giveaway

  45. Beautiful design and great fabrics! Thanks!

  46. It really is a lovely collection. And what pretty pillows you’ve made with it, Amy!

  47. What a great tutorial to make it look EPP! I follow your blog and also AGF in Google Reader. Thanks for the chance to win some great fabric 🙂

  48. This collection is gorgeous.I love paperpiecing patterns.Thanks for the tutorial!!

  49. very pretty! I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pinterest and follow AGF blog through google reader.

  50. I have just started with EPP, but I am loving it! Thanks for the pillow tutorial – that will be on my To-Do list! I follow AGF in every way possible!

  51. Gorgeous pattern and fabrics! I’ve not done any paper piecing, but I really want those cushions so I guess I’ll be giving it a go soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

  52. Love the pattern- nice job!

  53. Love the pillows and your fabric choices! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  54. Such cute colors! So full of fun!
    kidshomelove at yahoo dot com

  55. Would you say paper piecing is not a good first place to start quilting? I love this pattern, but I’ve never quilted before. Have to jump in somewhere! 🙂

  56. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! The pillows are fun and gorgeous!! I love the soft feel of AGF. 🙂

  57. Oh wow I love those fabrics! Also those pillows are adorable, I will have to put this on my to-do list 😀

  58. Love!

  59. Oh what beautiful fabrics! Pardon me while I wipe up the drool.

  60. I love those pillows – they jumped right off the facebook page. I would love to make them, just to get over this midsummer blah feeling.

  61. I’ve never done any paper piecing, but I plan to one day. My main problem is that my ambitions are much more numerous than my sewing time.

  62. I love paper piecing. These pillow look great. Can’t wait to make them.

  63. While I vocally stick to the line of “I don’t like paper piecing”, I’m working on a quilt that was template based that I have turned into paper piecing and it is much easier. I suppose I am a bit of a convert. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  64. Thank you for sharing the pattern and tutorial. I have a couple of paper piecing patterns and have been trying to get the courage to do it. I just love the fabric. Maybe this will give me the nudge that I need because I really love the pillows.

    Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

    I follow Fat Quart Gang everywhere:)

  65. I haven’t tried paper piecing yet, it’s something that’s on the list.

  66. I enjoy paper piecing and I make at least one quilt a year that is paper pieced.

  67. Beautiful fabrics and a great pattern.

  68. Beautiful pillows, Haven’t tried paper piecing but it is on my to do list. This would be a great project to start with I think.

  69. Excellent JOB… you Gang members have done swell …….I love paper piecing

  70. I don’t have any experience paper piecing, but looking at your pillows inspires me to do so 🙂 Would love to win this bundle… like REALLY BAD! LOL.

  71. Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve done a lot of foundation paper piecing, but tried English paper piecing only once. Thanks for the chance to win.

  72. Such fresh looking pillows… LOVE the pattern and the fabrics 🙂 I’ve done paper piecing with paper crafting, it’s one of my favorite techniques, so I am anxious to try it with sewing! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  73. I love paper piecing! I am doing the Farmers Wife quilt in mostly Art Gallery Fabrics. These would be a great addition to it.

  74. I love the pillows. Very cute.

  75. I would love to do paper piecing -I haven’t tried it yet. I love the large hexie flowers.

  76. Unfortunately, I took a class at a conference. It was lots of people, yucky fabric, and the pieces were so tiny I never tried it again. That was about 8 years ago! I’m ready to try again! Thanks for the gorgeous giveaway!

  77. I love paper piecing, and I need some new pillows, so this would be a great project for me!

  78. Wow! Your pillows are amazing!!! I’ve only been quilting a few years and my only experiences with paper piecing are hexagons (if that count:)) and I took Peggy Martin’s Quick Strip Paper Piecing class through Craftsy but haven’t had the time yet to try any of the projects! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’d love to make a set of your incredible pillows!!!

  79. I haven’t done any paper piecing before, but am seeing that so many quilters are blogging about it. I read through the pillow tutorial and *might* be able to tackle it! Such a cute pillow, and I love the fabrics..esp the coral and teal ones paired together! Thanks for the pattern! amhalverson(at)gmail(dot)com

  80. Beautiful fabrics and a great project!

  81. Awesome tutorial.Thanks so much for the pattern!

  82. Great tutorial! Paper piecing makes me both curious and wary. I follow AGF on Pinterest and on the blog.

  83. so pretty in pastel- and then the reddish print really pops! great selection.

  84. Love these fabrics! I would like to learn more about paper piecing. I have tried it, but not too successfully.

  85. Lovely pillows! I have no experience with paper piecing and am hoping to learn one day.

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  86. I subscribe to the Art Gallery blog.

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  87. I follow Art Gallery on Facebook.

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  88. I follow Art Gallery on Pinterest.

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  89. Summerlove blooms pillows looking awesome, love the pattern! Those colours and design would look good in my living room, I’m sure! I also follow Art Gallery Fabrics on fbm blog, and pinterest.

  90. Maureen Cracknell handmade Facebook page brought me here. Thank u for the chance to win this beautiful bundle. All your

  91. Gorgeous pillows and fabrics. Already follow AGF on all that stuff! As for my experience with paper piecing: I love it and have really gotten into it lately. I have mainly made hexies but have done a few actual patterns. Once you start, it’s addicting.

  92. Very pretty pillows!

  93. I obey all the rules, and follow AGF everywhere! I’ve never tried paper piecing – it’s on my To Do List (which is very long, it seems!) Lovely fabrics.

  94. What great pillows!! Thanks for a chance to win this fabulous fabric! 🙂 I’m a follower of AGF too! 🙂

  95. I love the pillows, beautiful. Fabrics are great, too.

  96. What a beautiful job! I follow Pat Bravo (AGF) on Facebook, newsletter, Pinterest.

  97. This is sweet. I’m working on a huge Grandmother’s Flower Garden EPP quilt, and would love to have something quicker to complete to show for my paper piecing time.

    I subscribe to the AGF blog and follow them on Twitter.

  98. Gorgeous fabrics, thanks for the lovely tutorial. Love what you did with them

  99. Gorgeous fabrics! Thank you for the giveaway!

  100. Beautiful cushions, thanks for a great tutorial and giveaway!

  101. awesome job with the cushions.. i need to learn that type of thing.. gorgeous fabric too
    good luck everyone

  102. I never have paper pieced, but I’d love to try! The cushions look a great way to start!

  103. such beautiful work..thanks for the giveaway. I can see me trying this.. my grandmother paper pieced using newspaper…

  104. Your pillows are precious. Thanks for sharing with us. I’ve only recently begun to paper piece. Although I Hate tearing the paper off when I’m finished, it does produce great shape in bias pieced blocks.

  105. I’m new to paper piecing and would love to get into it more . These pillows of yours are lovely. Thanks for your tutorial .

  106. Love the pillows and thanks so much for sharing the tutorial, so generous!
    I really enjoy paper piecing ~ tho I can get a bit obsessive about it ~ want it done NOW! As long as I can relax with it and know that it doesn’t need to be done NOW ~ I’m good. teehee

  107. Your pillows are beautiful!
    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

    legato1958 at aol dot com

  108. I have never tried this type of paper piecing thought lately I have seen lots of great things done through this method. I may have to try and a pillow would be a great start!
    peachspark at hotmail dot com

  109. paper piecing was actually my first introduction to quilting/patchwork. a friend of mine asked me to take a class with her at lqs and i haven’t looked back:)

  110. I’ve done quite a lot of paper piecing and I love how it makes easier blocks that would be difficult or impossible without it.

  111. Love the fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win them.
    Patti xxx

  112. great pattern! I haven’t foundation pieced in a while but I’m going to do this piloow today!

  113. If I won the fabric, I’d totally just make your project with them 🙂 I’ve followed all of the rules to enter 😉

  114. i really like the way this collection works together…your pillows are lovely

  115. This is lovely and I think I will need to give it a go. Thank you for the chance to win the gorgeous fabric.

  116. Love the pillows. I’ve never tried paper piecing but those are so cute. Thanks for the giveaway!

  117. I love the fabrics and the pillows! Follow their blog and facebook…thank you!

  118. I just finished paper piecing a Weeping Angel wall hanging for my son’s birthday. Was lots of pieces with 21 large pieces to put together. I’m sure I made every mistake you can do with paper piecing and repeated them several times! I made friends with my stitch ripper! Those pillows look like they would be calming to piece!

  119. Your pillows are so pretty. thanks for a chance to win some great fabrics.

  120. I made some PP Double Wedding Ring blocks last year. Right now I’m working on a PP table topper. Thanks for the pillows tutorial.

  121. I think you should definitely pick me, because my birthday is Friday the 3rd! 🙂 I love this project. I know how to paper piece, but next time you and I get together, I would love a lesson on designing for paper piecing! 😉 Nice job on this project. It rocks.

  122. I haven’t really paper pieced except for hexagons. LOVE the fabric and the pattern.

  123. I am new here to the blog world and have just begun my adventure in creating. I’ve known how to sew, crochet, etc since I was 8 yrs old but never committed to it. Now, I have over 30 years later! I would love to win a fabric give away!

  124. I am new to this blog and love the pillow idea to do GFG on. Love it!!!!

  125. What a fabulous design! Love the fabrics you have used too. Thank you for the pattern.

  126. Found your blog from AGF. Love what you are doing! Signed up to get updates.
    Enjoy being inspired to create! Carole P.

  127. These fabrics are so purdy!

  128. I haven’t tried paper piecing, but I would love to try.

  129. Thanks for a chance to win the same fabric you used on those adorable pillows. I already subscribe to AGF newsletter and liked on FB / Pinterest under email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com. My mother (Margaret) and I share those.

  130. What a great tutorial, I haven’t done any paper piecing yet but want to try. I would also like to be entered in the contest. Thanks

  131. Beautiful Fabric. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  132. I love paper piecing. I can’t wait to get started on this. Thanks so much, and thanks for the chance to win too!

  133. Nice pillows. I like especially the yellow one.

  134. I have done it once and would like to try again. I downloaded the .pdf for these pillows, I think one of my daughters might like them for their homes. I follow by email and on FB, and I pin from your pinterest (love that one). Would really love to win these FQ, thanks for the chance.

  135. Such pretty pillows. Thank you

  136. So far, I’ve really enjoyed the pieces that I’ve tried paper-piecing. I would be interested in knowing more about how to make a paper-pieced pattern – I feel like I’m fumbling in the dark with that. 🙂

  137. Paper-piecing is a lot of fun. The Malibu Haze is gorgeous.

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