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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Traditional, Classic, Casual
patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Cotton fabric and threads, polyester wadding

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What are you most proud of? I must confess I don't really like this one much - I must have been having a bit of a brainstorm when I chose the material, but I was very inexperienced then, excited and in a hurry to get on with it and couldn't really visualise what the finished item would look like. However, it's very practical and has been put to good use. As I said, it lives in the car just as a cushion until it's needed to cover somebody's legs or wrap up a child and it sometimes comes out to make a blanket to sit on when we have picnics. Not beautiful, in my opinion, but very practical! There's a picture of the back of a bound quilt with my project "Christopher's Quillow".

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be sure to do your quilting first before attaching the pocket as you won't be able to stitch that part of the quilt once the pocket is on. Also, ensure that you only sew (by hand) down the two sides of the pocket so that the bottom edge is left open and the top edge is level with the edge of the quilt. Reinforce the corners of the pocket by the open end, as they will need it when you are turning the cushion inside out. Also make sure that you put it face down on the back of the quilt, or you'll find that, when you turn it inside out, you won't see the pretty side! Good luck - and I look forward to seeing lots and lots of quillows soon!

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Oh, forgot to mention, I think this quillow is absolutely lovely. I love the green and white flowers, very pretty!

07/27/2012 Flag

Oh, good heavens! I really don't like it very much, but each to his/her own! Thank you!

07/27/2012 Flag

I guess what I meant was when it was folded up as the pillow, the green and white is very pretty :)

07/27/2012 Flag

Thanks so much for sharing this Pat. I've been admiring your quillows and wondering "what's a quillow?". They are all so pretty. This is a really neat idea for storing and transporting. I plan to add this feature to lap quilt gifts - especially baby quilts. Thanks again!

07/27/2012 Flag

Good luck with your quillows - if you need any clarification, please don't hesitate to ask and I'll help if I can - you know where to find me!

07/27/2012 Flag

Thanks for sharing this information. Do you have to have matching proportions between the pillow and the quilt? e.g. If the pillow is 18" square, the quilt has to be in multiples of 18, like 54"x36"?

02/22/2013 Flag

Oh no - I'm afraid I just "wing it". I don't think it really matters about proportions - just make the quilt and the pocket the sizes you think you want. I've made some with quite large pockets which need another pillow inside them to plump them out, and some with smaller pockets that don't need anything extra. It's really up to you. There are lots of books available with quillow instructions and although some are specific about sizes, some are quite vague.

02/24/2013 Flag

Thanks for sharing, I think this will make a wonderful gift.

03/15/2013 Flag

Yes - it does make a really lovely present. I've made so many now for friends and am currently working on another for a very dear friend as a surprise house-warming gift. She hasn't found the house yet, but I shall be ready when she does ... !

03/17/2013 Flag

Yes, Thanks for sharing. I have enjoyed looking through your projects. I must get out the camera and put up mine. It is good to share.

05/31/2013 Flag

Hope it helps! Looking forward to seeing your latest projects, Mandy Jane!

06/07/2013 Flag