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Quillows and Such-Developing a Theme

Updated on March 3, 2015

Pansy Quillow

Minkie quillow with machine embroidery pansies hand sewn after quilting. Reversible to fleece printed with pansies. Pansies on pillow pocket.
Minkie quillow with machine embroidery pansies hand sewn after quilting. Reversible to fleece printed with pansies. Pansies on pillow pocket.
Quillow  is folded into a toss pillow for the corner of the sofa.
Quillow is folded into a toss pillow for the corner of the sofa.
Leftovers from the base quillow piece enough for another pillow separate.  This is velcroed on the end with a  polyfill muslin shell insert.
Leftovers from the base quillow piece enough for another pillow separate. This is velcroed on the end with a polyfill muslin shell insert.

How to make a quillow?

1. Decide if you want plain cotton, or warm soft fuzzy for the basic outer material you will be quilting. This is the first step of all quilting.

2. Quilting is the act of sandwiching material together in layers with thread. Either machine sewing through the layers or a simple thread looped through once and tied in various places will do the trick. My latest endeavors have been picking a fleece with a printed pattern, preferably a non-pill fleece. This printed pattern means I don't piece the fleece, I just use the print to quilt around and that becomes the quilting pattern of the sewing through on the solid color side. I found a fleece with pansies printed on it and so the actual pattern of the quilting is pansy shapes on the solid minkie side.

3. A quillow can be done with various patterns. After you are through making the quillow it becomes a quilt that folds into a pillow. In the ones I make I just make a pocket or pillow front sewn in the center of the bottom of the quilt-whatever size or width the quilt is and the pillow front is one third of that bottom of the quilt. This becomes what you fold the quilt into so it is centered at the bottom. It also becomes the place your recipient will put their feet. When you make the pillow pocket think about how the person will be sliding their feet into it and use the soft side on the inside of the pocket so they can go ewwwww ahhhhhh when they slide their feet into the pocket.


Theme and Materials-Rock n Roll-Fleece and Minkie

Unfortunately did not take the pictures before they went to the children.  As you can see these are in use.  Reverse-snuggle side is Black minkie.
Unfortunately did not take the pictures before they went to the children. As you can see these are in use. Reverse-snuggle side is Black minkie. | Source

Personality and Availability Help Decide Themes

Well these two children are grown but still very much in my mind as their personalities were growing up. This one loves music so I found a fleece with Rock and Roll on it and it became quilt fun quilting around the guitars and musical notes with hearts and Lightning bolts. If you have a freemotion foot for your sewing machine you can do these easily. Quilting shows up very beautifully on solid color minkie. The second thing is finding sewing machine embroidery themes that match your theme. Janome has the flowers and birds and butterflies.... They are beautiful. Although I love hand embroidery the machine embroidery hand stitched onto the top of solid color minkie is beautiful.... at least I thought so. The pillow top then got a double pansie in the middle so she can put her feet in minkie but when it flips out it is a beautiful pansy pillow for her sofa.

Pansy Quillow Pillow Top

When making the pocket the inside of the pocket will flip out and become the pillow top
When making the pocket the inside of the pocket will flip out and become the pillow top

Beautiful Batik Rainbow Strips Curtains

6 Batiks ripped in strips and sewn together with an overlock stitch to prevent fraying and lined with an offwhite thermal but not room darkening lining bring a rainbow in.
6 Batiks ripped in strips and sewn together with an overlock stitch to prevent fraying and lined with an offwhite thermal but not room darkening lining bring a rainbow in.

An Irridescent sheer to bring light but privacy

Hoping to add an iridescent sheer to the middle of these curtains to give some break in the strips but a delightful glow.
Hoping to add an iridescent sheer to the middle of these curtains to give some break in the strips but a delightful glow.

Coffee Themed Quillow

Coffee theme outline quilting and stitch in the ditch with added steam quilting.  Note the pocket is a cappachino on the front and the inside of the pocket is the side that shows when turned inside out -The pocket piece is pieced on both sides.
Coffee theme outline quilting and stitch in the ditch with added steam quilting. Note the pocket is a cappachino on the front and the inside of the pocket is the side that shows when turned inside out -The pocket piece is pieced on both sides. | Source
Here is where you are folding into pocket.  The cuddle cloth side has a pocket with cuddle cloth on both sides of it - for foot pocket.
Here is where you are folding into pocket. The cuddle cloth side has a pocket with cuddle cloth on both sides of it - for foot pocket. | Source
The pocket Inside becomes the pillow top and the centered back of the quilt pocket becomes the other side of the quillow pillow
The pocket Inside becomes the pillow top and the centered back of the quilt pocket becomes the other side of the quillow pillow | Source
This was a two pocket - cuddle cloth pocket on the solid side for warm feet.  Pocket was reversible other side of this pocket piece is cappachino.
This was a two pocket - cuddle cloth pocket on the solid side for warm feet. Pocket was reversible other side of this pocket piece is cappachino. | Source
This is the part of the finished quillow that shows when folded into the pocket.. Centering the pocket square strategically is important to look good when folded
This is the part of the finished quillow that shows when folded into the pocket.. Centering the pocket square strategically is important to look good when folded | Source

Matching Quillow of Batiks

This quillow is very simple twin size 1 piece batik cotton on one side and a different batik on the other side. The quillow pillow top is pieced on one side in a pattern that is used to quilt the quillow itself but rather simply. Again, the patterned pillow top is on the inside of the pocket so when you fold the quillow into the pillow square it flips the pocket out and that is your patterned pillowtop.

This one is twin, but the actual material used for the curtains is 6 pieces that are torn in strips so one half is the curtains and the other half will be a fullsize quilt of the same strips but a star pattern in each corner and one large star in the center of batiks. The quillow can be thrown on the top of the bed as a toss pillow and each star center and reverse side can show off the machine embroidery. What says more about a nature forest looking setting for birds, butterflies and flowers than batiks....????? What says more about love for your children and grandchildren than sewing and baking?

Batik Quillow to Match Curtains

This is a simple twin size quillow. Two solid batiks making it reversible.  Pattern for the quillow pillowtop is the quilting design itself.
This is a simple twin size quillow. Two solid batiks making it reversible. Pattern for the quillow pillowtop is the quilting design itself.

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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful word a Quillow.

      A great hub also and voting up.

      Eddy.