Laura's Japanese Quillow
InstructionsThis pattern was taken from Susan Briscoe's book "Japanese Quilt Inspirations" and was made into a Quillow (a lap-size quilt that folds up into a cusion or pillow).
Type of item: Functional
Style: Ethnic, Classic
Pure cotton fabric, pure cotton threads, polyester wadding (batting).
What was your inspiration?
My inspirations were Susan Briscoe's book, "Japanese Quilt Inspirations" and Karin Hellaby's book "Magic Pillows, Hidden Quilts" which gives clear instructions for the making of a quillow. Laura (the quilt's recipient) is very much "into" everything Japanese and loved it! The block is is called "Igeta", which is the Japenese word for the grille that used to cover the tops of wells in Japan, to stop people falling down them. The cushion pocket is large enough for Laura to put her feet in when she's cuddled up under her quilt on a cold evening!
What are you most proud of?
Laura's Mum provided the fabric from her stash, but there wasn't quite enough plain fabric to make the usual plain back. I therefore used leftover scraps from the front to create a pattern for the back, including the back of the cushion, making the quillow a reversible one.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Think carefully about the colours you are going to use. If you have the book, there are illustrations of the same quilt made in three different colourways to help you. The background fabrics for the blocks need to be a solid colour so that the "Igeta" pattern stands out.