Jacqueline's Quillow

Project Description

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.

What you will need

  • 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).

Q&A with patz in suffolk

Pam NZ asked:
OMG this is too cruel... this one should be me I tell ya, MEEEE!!! I LOVE violets and sweet peas!!! Ok drooling over, I'm really intrigued with your Quillows... so is the pillow opening bit actually part of the backing??? I think I want to make one of these! It's bigger than what I thought too... thanks Rupert for modelling it LOL.
patz in suffolk answered:
Okay - I'll try and explain quillows for you. The cushion/pillow part is actually a pocket sewn, face down, to the back of the quilt. Therefore the quilting has to be done before the pocket is attached. Once the pocket is on and the whole thing is bound and finished you fold it up as follows (and I'll try to do this as clearly as possible). Lay the quilt out right side up. Then fold the sides in (two thirds of the quilt) from the edge of the pocket. Turn the quilt over, put your hands into the pocket, grab the top corners and turn it inside out, exposing the "right" side of the pillow. Then fold up the rest of the quilt neatly into three and push it into the pocket. Pick it up and give it a shake and, as we say over here in England "Bob's your uncle" - a pillow that no one would guess is really a quilt! The pocket is nice to put your feet in when snuggled up under the quilt on a cold night too!
Tanya W. asked:
Oh it's gorgeous Pat! I love the colors, very pretty. The idea of quillows is growing on me too, and I thank you for the instructions. I have to see about trying one of these....
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you, Tanya. There are some more instructions on my project page, where you'll find pictures of a rather ugly green and yellow quillow, which was my first attempt. Do let me know if you decide to try one for yourself. Best wishes, Patricia
Liisa B asked:
This is lovely as a quillow but you need to see it opened up to really enjoy the colors, patterns, and detail. Beautiful job!
patz in suffolk answered:
I'm taking it down to Jacqueline in Cornwall on Wednesday of this week, 1 August, and hope she likes it! I just can't wait to see her face when I give it to her!
desna asked:
Oh Pat this is stunning... do you want to come to NI for a wee visit ? I could put you up if you bring me a gorgeous quillow ;))))
patz in suffolk answered:
That's a very tempting offer, Desna! I think trading a quillow for a visit very fair!!! ;)))
K Lee 2Strings asked:
Fabulous colors! Absolutely gorgeous. I love the quillow pocket! How do you attach it?
patz in suffolk answered:
I've given insructions on one of my other projects (the rather horrible green and yellow one). It's very easy and is very useful if you need a quilt to take around with you in the car, or on the beach, or for picnics.