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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Monochrome Quilt Finish and Starting to Explore Colour

Well! I just managed to squeeze a finish in before the end of the month! That’s two finished quilts in two months – steady going for me!

This is my fourth version of the Dashing Stars quilt. The design is by Viv Poon of Purple Stitches. It is the pattern used by participants in the Beginners Course. Last week I shared photos of the quilts made by the latest graduates of the course. There are such a useful mix of skills to be learned through making this quilt – a great grounding from which to explore the craft of patchwork quilting.

I’m very happy that a visiting Aunt has taken home this particular Dashing Stars quilt πŸ™‚

We are coming to a weekend so there must be another storm ready to blow it’s way across the UK πŸ™ Yep! Storm Jorge is on his way…

Yesterday we had a whole afternoon of sunshine. I wrapped up warm and dashed out to deliver copies of the local newsletter to houses in a couple of nearby streets. Today the weather is a foretaste of what is to come over the weekend – very wet, very grey and windy too!

Determined to brighten things up a bit, I shared photos on Instagram of the flowers I could find in the garden (before the rain started lashing down) and a few indoor blooms too. We all need a colour boost in the Northern Hemisphere!

Keeping with the topic of colour, I am looking forward to Rachel Hauser’s blog series, ‘Quilter’s Color Quest’, based on her book, The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color.

Encouraged by Rachel’s recent blog post I have finally extracted the colour swatches from the back of the book. They need to be cut up, ready for the ‘swatch challenges’ found in each chapter of the book. By working through the book and following the Quilter’s Color Quest I’m hoping to gain a better understanding of colour and the language of colour so I can choose fabrics for my patchwork projects with more confidence and maybe even a bit of flair πŸ˜‰

You can tell what a grey day it is here by the poor quality of this (edited) photo!

Linking with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty for the Beauties Pageant; Wendy for The Peacock Party (even though my monochrome quilt is certainly no Peacock!); Alycia for Finished (or Not) Friday. and Cheryl for the Favourite Finish Monthly Link Up.

Allison