How to make and fold a Quillow – always a favorite with kids!

How to make and fold a Quillow – always a favorite with kids!

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Crayola Colors of Kindness Fabric from Riley Blake Designs

Is it a quilt? Is it a pillow? BOTH – it’s a Quillow!

Quillows have been around a long time and are very easy to make – I made one for my preschooler (way back in the mid-90s!) and still remember how much he loved it! In this video I’ll show you what a quillow is, how to fold a quillow and then how to sew a quillow. I’m using the Crayola® Colors of Kindness™ fabric from Riley Blake Designs – perfect if you’re going to make a quillow for a special child in your life.

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the anatomy of a quillow:

A quillow is a quilt that has a pillow pocket – or a 2-sided, quilted square – attached to the bottom center of one side, usually the back of the quilt. Any quilt can be turned into a quillow by adding the pillow pocket. Here’s how you determine the size pocket you need for your quilt: Pocket width = 1/3 quilt width Pocket height = 1/4 quilt height Add seam allowances and you have the size fabric & batting to cut. If you are making a quillow from scratch, these are the pieces you will need:

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blanket pillow for kids

BASIC SUPPLIES:

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OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR A 2 FABRIC QUILLOW:

  • Fabric 1: 2 yards
    (Quilt Front & Pillow Pocket side)
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square
  • Fabric 2: 2 yards
    (Quilt Back & Pillow Pocket side 1)
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square
  • Batting of choice: 2 yards
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square

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MATERIALS NEEDED FOR A 3 FABRIC QUILLOW:

  • Fabric 1:1½ yards
    (Quilt Front)
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square
  • Fabric 2: 2 yards
    (Quilt Back & Pillow Pocket side 1)
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square
  • Fabric 3: 15″ square
    (Pillow Pocket side 2)
    • CUT: 15” square
  • Batting of choice: 2 yards
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square

*Fabric 3 will only show when the quillow is folded into a pillow. You can use a contrasting fabric like I’ve done in the example or use only 2 fabrics – Fabric 1 & 2. To use 2 fabrics, you will need 2 yards of each.

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

00:00 introduction
00:07 What is a Quillow?
01:09 How to fold a Quillow
03:06 Quillow Supply List
03:32 How to choose quilt batting
04:20 Make the Pillow Pocket
05:06 Tips for quilting
08:17 Make the Quilt
12:10 Assemble the Quillow
14:35 Reinforce pocket corner
14:45 How to pull up your bobbin thread

HOW TO MAKE A QUILLOW

A quillow is made of 2 pieces of quilted fabric: a quilt and a square that becomes the pillow pocket. You then sew them together and have created a quillow.

MAKE THE PILLOW POCKET

Layer your pillow pocket fabrics, right sides together, on your workspace. (fig. 1)

Put a 15” square of batting on top and pin or clip together. Sew around the sides with a 1/4” seam allowance, leaving about 4-5” open for turning. (fig. 2)

Clip the corners, turn and press. Press the opening fabric in so it will be sewn together when you topstitch.

Topstitch around the outside, 1/8” from the edge.

Quilt as desired. (Don’t miss my secret for quilting parallel lines using Painter’s Tape (fig. 3) in the video at 5 mins 45 secs)

Set aside. (fig. 4)

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

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how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 2

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 3

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 4

MAKE THE QUILT

You will make the quilt in the same basic way, it’s just bigger and a little harder to manage.

Because this will be a self-bound quilt, you need the 2 fabrics and batting to be the SAME SIZE. I find the easiest way to get the batting the same size as the fabrics is to take a piece that is slightly larger, place one of the fabrics on top, face up, and trim to size. (fig. 5)

Then place the other fabric on top, face down – so the fabrics are right side together – and pin around the edges. (fig. 6)

Because of the size of the quilt and more potential for a little shifting, sew with a 1/2” seam allowance, leaving about 4-5” open for turning.

Clip the corners, turn and press.

Press the opening fabric in so it will be sewn together when you topstitch.

Topstitch around the outside, 1/8” from the edge. Quilt as desired. (fig. 7)

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 5

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 6

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 7

Do you want an ad-free, printable copy of this online tutorial? Find it in my Etsy shop for just a few dollars. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it.

TIPS ABOUT BATTING

It’s important to know that not all battings are created equally. Batting can be made from different materials (100% cotton, polyester blends, etc) and require quilting at different minimum intervals (anywhere from 4″ to 10″ apart) to hold up to use and washing. Be sure you look at the manufacturer’s suggestions on the packaging and quilt accordingly.

Label your scraps so you know what the pieces are if you use a variety of batting in your projects.

SEW THE POCKET TO THE QUILT

Place your quilt on your workspace with whichever side will match the pillow pocket facing up.
Fold in half and put a mark, pin or clip at the center of the bottom edge.
Place your pillow pocket, matching fabric side up, on top of the quilt, matching the pocket center with the quilt center and clip. (fig. 8)
Pin the edges to the quilt.
Sew the sides and the bottom wide edge to the quilt (fig. 9) and reinforce the top corners by sewing back and forth or adding a triangle for extra durability. (See video tutorial at 14 mins 35 secs)

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

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how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 9

HOW TO FOLD A QUILLOW

Lay the quilt out flat, with the pillow pocket side down.

Fold one long side to the center until you see the edge of the pillow pocket. (fig. 10)

Repeat for the other side. (fig. 11)

Fold the quilt down towards the pillow pocket (fig. 12), 3 times for this size quilt, until it is folded on top of the pocket.

Turn the pocket inside out and stuff the quilt into the pocket as you turn it. (It gets easier after you’ve done it once or twice!) (fig. 13)

I usually put my hand in the pillow pocket and push out the corners when the folded quilt is about 1/2 way in – it makes it easier to get it in and organized.

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 10

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 11

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 12

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

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how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting
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🧵 Tara Reed

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Missouri Star Quilt Company 14th Birthday Bash

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They don’t call it “Quilt Town” for nothing!

Quilt Town, USA mural in Hamilton, MO

It’s been a LONG TIME since I’ve been to a live event – Quilt Market in Houston, TX in October 2019 was the last one I think. Well that all changed last week as I headed to Hamilton, MO, about an hour or so outside of Kansas City, to go to the Missouri Star Birthday Bash.

I had heard a lot about Hamilton when I was in Houston as it happens. It was described as the “Disney for Quilters” and a must-see for anyone who loves fabric. It’s also referred to as Quilt Town, USA – and for good reason. So when I was invited to attend with my fabric licensee, Riley Blake Designs, I was in!

Well the rumors were true – it sure is quite a destination for fabric lovers and they came from everywhere.

I was so intrigued to learn where everyone was from and how long it took to get to this little town. There were 2 buses full of quilters on a 10 day Quilt Hop from Canada. Some drove 13 hours from Louisiana. There were attendees from every corner of the US and even a few from the UK.

I spent two days connecting with consumers, other vendors in the sewing space, the Missouri Star team and of course fellow Riley Blake Designs people including fabric and quilt pattern designer, Sandy Gervais.  I may have talked to more people in 3 days than I did in the past 3 years if I’m being honest!

We made a fabric and notions cake along with the wonderful people from Magic Fabric Care in competition with other vendors. I got to wander through the many themed fabric shops and just take it all in. 

It is always exciting to see my art on end products – in this case fabric – in stores. Missouri Star has my Gnomes in Love, Hanukkah, Winter Barn Quilts and the first release of my Monthly Placemat program in their shops.

The town buzzed with fun and an overarching passion for sewing. I’m so glad I was able to experience it all first hand.

While we have all figured out how to do business remotely – which I’ve basically done since 2004 – there is nothing like physically being in the same space. The conversations, connections and energy are invaluable. I came home both inspired and exhausted, my head full of new ideas for fabric designs.

The big question is what to do first!

👩🏻‍🎨 Tara Reed

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Gnomes in Love Fabric Project | Girl’s Dresses

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Wear your heart on your sleeve Dress!

One thing I love about being a fabric designer is seeing how other people use the fabrics with my art on them.

My brain goes to quilts, crafting and home decor… what a treat to see these adorable girl’s dresses made by the very talented Suze Vinton!

These dresses feature my Gnomes in Love fabric from Riley Blake Designs.

She mixed and matched red prints with white to make two eye-catching dresses for Valentine’s Day or any day that love is in fashion. (HINT: That’s ANY DAY – at least in my opinion!)

Be sure to follow Suze on Instagram @beralusvintondesign for more amazing sewing inspiration. 

Inspired to sew a dress for a sweet girl in your life? Click the links to the patterns from CKC Patterns below.

If you make this or anything else with the Gnomes in Love fabric and post it be sure to tag me so I can see!

Tag me on Instagram: @artisttarareed
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Wishing you a creative day filled with love (and gnomes!)

😍 – Tara Reed

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I’m in love with these Cow Dolls!

Cow Doll from Barn Quilts fabric

While my inspiration to create the Barn Quilts collection came from an old barn turned bookstore, I am thrilled to see the fabrics are being embraced by those who live on farms and in farming communities.

Jennifer Long of BeeSewInspired.com, lives in rural, prairie Canada – surrounded by farm and agricultural land. Her family and many of her friends make their living in this industry.

I absolutely LOVE what she did with my Barn Quilts fabric. Jennifer made THE CUTEST Cow dolls (and you can too because she sells the patterns on her website.)

She used the patchwork prints to fussy cut and make actual “patches” for the dolls knees and a working pocket for his wheat!

If you have never made a Modern Rag Doll before, she is happy to teach you how. All you need is a sewing machine and beginner level sewing skills.

You can learn more about how she made these cute cows and decorated their barn on her blog post “Harvest on the Farm”.

Scroll to the bottom to see links to her patterns and Facebook Group. If you love instagram you should follow her – @beesewinspired – her name is perfect because her posts are always so inspiring!

Thank you Jennifer – I just love seeing how creative everyone is with fabric!

– Tara Reed  👩🏻‍🎨🐮

FREE PATTERN: The Quilt Trail

FREE PATTERN: The Quilt Trail

FREE Quilt Pattern: The Quilt Trail

Looking for a free barn quilt themed quilt pattern? This free pattern combines the placemat panel, quilt block prints and pieced star blocks using my Barn Quilts fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs.

The finished Quilt size is 61 1/2″ x 71″ – and the pattern is FREE from Riley Blake Designs!

This Quilt Pattern will also be available as a boxed kit with everything you need to make the topper and the binding! Ask for it at your favorite quilt shop and online fabric retailers.

If you make this or anything else with my fabric and post it online – tag me so I can see it!  I love to see what people create.

Tara Reed

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