Christopher's Quillow

Project Description

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! 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.

What you will need

  • Pure cotton fabric; cotton threads; polyester wadding (batting).

Q&A with patz in suffolk

Pam NZ asked:
Never too old! Love this one too... cute label, nice his Mum played her part in it. Thanks for showing the back... ooooh now I'm really get the hang of it ;-) Very clever giving the owls their curtains on their window... very smart indeed! You are such an inspiration, thanks heaps for sharing... this newbie is getting so much out of your beautiful work!
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you - I look forward to seeing your first Quillow! Incidentally, I'm going to post some photos of another quillow project, showing how it's all folded up into the pillow, so I hope it helps. Patricia.
Phenebock asked:
very very cute! I love it. Thanks for sharing your ideas and inspiration.
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you! Christopher saw it for the first time yesterday, when I gave it to him, and he was absolutely delighted with it. He didn't seem to think it was more suitable for a 9-year-old than for a 19 year-old mathematics student! (Thank goodness!)
desna asked:
This is so fab and so different to anything Ive come across. Totally love the curtains such a class way to finish it off. So cut and fun:)))
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you. I loved doing this, and the "window" with the "curtains" just sort of evolved ...
Newt1999 asked:
How adorable is this! and what personality! I love that the curtains are pinned back! love it!
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you! I gave it to Christopher a couple of days ago, and he loved it (thank goodness - I was afraid he might think it a bit childish for a 19-year-old maths student!
K Lee 2Strings asked:
Such a colorful and happy quilt for a little boy! Love the owls and the cushion curtains! So, so clever.
patz in suffolk answered:
That "little boy" is 19 and a mathematics student at university! However, he loves it and is taking it back with him when the unis go up in a few weeks' time.