Type of item: Functional
Style: Classic, Traditional, Romantic
Fabric Freedom's "Pure Velvet" cotton fabric, some Michael Miller "Fairy Frost" and some cream tonal from my stash, plus Mettler cotton thread and Hobbs polyester wadding (batting).
What was your inspiration?
My husband's niece, Jacqueline, lives by the sea in Cornwall, one of the most beautiful parts of England. She gave me a really lovely holiday there when she lived in a tiny flat (apartment) and only had room for one guest. Now that she has moved into a 4-bedroom house, she has invited the two of us to stay with her for a week's holiday. I know that her favourite colour is lilac, so now that she has some more room, I've made her this quillow (lap quilt with a pocket on the back that turns inside out for the quilt to be tucked inside, to make a pillow or cushion). I hope she likes it!
What are you most proud of?
Using this really lovely fabric ("Pure Velvet" by Fabric Freedom) has meant that the finished article is nice and bright and cheerful. It features lilac, sweet peas, violets, hydrangeas and hyacinths. No wonder I couldn't resist it!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Design as you go. Karin Hellaby's book "Sew a Row Quilts" would give you lots of ideas. Her book "Magic Pillows, Hidden Quilts" gives instructions for making a quillow.