A Finished Quillow and Some Quillow-Making Tips

Social-distancing gifting! #1 Son receives his quillow

I first discovered quillows through an experienced quilting friend. I was fascinated when I saw her reach inside a patchwork cushion and pull out a quilt! How cool is that!

Phoebe Moon gives a good definition of a quillow at the start of her tutorial:

AΒ quillowΒ is a quilt with a reversible pocket strategically sewn on the quilt so it can be folded up to fit inside the pocket, making aΒ pillow.

A little bit of transatlantic translation is required at this point. In the UK when we hear ‘pillow’ we think specifically of the soft, generally rectangular, pad we lay our heads on at night. We use the word ‘cushion’ to describe the supportive/decorative additions we add to our sofas and chairs. Cushions are generally square, ranging from 14″-20″ in size and I think I’m right in saying these would be defined as ‘throw pillows’ in the USA. A ‘cushion’ in the US describes the padded seat of a sofa or chair.

So, here in the UK think, ‘a quillow is a quilt that can be turned into a cushion’. Hope that helps? I’ll probably tie myself in knots writing the rest of this post as I mix up the wording right, left and centre! πŸ˜€

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (107)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) for a virtual sewing day and enjoy some of the news and inspiration being shared via the Worldwide Quilting Community. As always your views and shares are always welcome – please do use the comments box at the bottom of the page to keep the conversations flowing. Thank you!

I keep teasing you in my blog posts with mention of two secret sewing projects in progress. Well! At the start of the week I added a third project to the ‘Top Secret’ file. Thankfully the latest project has already been gifted and can be shared.

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How is it Friday already?

Another week is drawing to a close and May is half way done already! This lockdown is doing strange things to my perception of time. It certainly isn’t helping me resist my natural inclination to procrastinate! Every little task has become something I could do tomorrow!

Today I’m trying to give myself a ‘positivity boost’ – maybe I just need someone to give me a kick?

Anyhow! Rewind to yesterday. I kept myself busy by working away in my sewing room: an exercise in writing a pattern alongside cutting fabrics and putting together blocks for a quilt top. I was doing well until I got stuck

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (106)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your projects to a virtual sewing day where we can share in some of the inspiring projects, ideas and tips published by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts, ideas and links in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

How has your week been? On Friday we had a welcome change to our lock-down rut when we joined in with activities organised to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Neighbours in our Close rallied together to hold a doorstep tea party. Social distancing rules were observed as we decorated our houses with flags and bunting before moving tables and chairs into our front gardens. It was so cheering to see everyone, to chat and enjoy a complete change from the lock-down routine. I posted photos and some thoughts on VE Day in this post.

Have you made progress with any sewing projects through the past week? One of my secret sewing projects is finished and ready to be gifted – hopefully I’ll be able to share it with you very soon πŸ™‚

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