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Christopher's Quillow

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Funky, Casual, Whimsical
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What materials did you use? Pure cotton fabric; cotton threads; polyester wadding (batting).

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What are you most proud of? Although the photos don't really show it, I free-motion quilted the quilt all over with a random ivy-leaf design. When I came to make the cushion pocket I fussy-cut four of the largest owls and made a little "window" with sashing to show them off. There was some fabric left over and I finally made little curtains around the window and tied them back with the orange ribbon with which the bundle of fat quarters had been tied up. I therefore wasted nothing!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? The pattern is very simple - you make 9-patch blocks and then slice them across and down the middle to make the squares and rectangles (I think it's called "Disappearing Nine-Patch"). It's necessary to lay everything out in order to get the best possible final result and I found it easiest to mark each block with its position by pinning a piece of paper to each one with its row and number on it before assembling the quilt top to avoid getting in a muddle.

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This is so cute!Where can I find the pattern for this owl quillow?

11/27/2013 Flag

There isn't actually a pattern, Madison, as I made it up as I went along! However, the basis of the middle part of the quilt is "Disappearing Nine-Patch", which I've described above and which is extremely easy to do. You make a block of nine equal-sized squares and then cut it down the middle and then across the middle to that you end up with four blocks, each of which will have one large square (of the original size), one small square (a quarter of the original size) and two rectangles which are half the width of the original block by the same length. I hope that doesn't sound complicated because it's very easy. Try drawing it on a piece of paper and you'll see what I mean. The rest of the quilt was made up of sashing and "piano keys" - all very, very simple. The cushion just seemed to design itself into the little window with the owls looking in.

11/29/2013 Flag

Absolutely adorable! I love everything about this.

12/30/2013 Flag

Thank you. Christopher, for whom I made it loves it too!

04/26/2016 Flag

Directions for Christopher's Quillow

10/06/2015 Flag

I made it up as I went along. Please see my reply to Madison above.

04/26/2016 Flag

Is this quilt for sale? Are there others like this one? It is charming.

04/25/2016 Flag

It was made as a gift for a friend's son before he went to university. It is therefore unique.

04/26/2016 Flag

How can I purchase this owl quilt?

04/25/2016 Flag

I regret that it is not for sale, having been made as a gift for the son of a friend.

04/26/2016 Flag