Making a quillow is fairly straight forward, although the size of the
single quilt making can be a bit cumbersome, however why not try
A Quillow basically comes in two halves and both are made separately then joined together at the end.
The first half is the Pocket, sometimes called the cheater square and is the front on the cushion cover when it is all folded up.
The second half is the larger rectangular shape of the quilt that is folded into the first half.
Approximate size is 42"(107cms) wide by 70"(178cms) long.
Making the Pocket or Cheater Square without a picture
Making a Picture Cheater Square
When you buy a picture panel you may find that it is not the right size or it may need trimming if it isn't square. You will then need to attach strips of material the same colour as the outside material to make it bigger.
The strips should be attached to the picture panel opposite sides first and pressed together towards the border not open and flat. Then the other ones added.
When this is done and the pocket square is the correct size, for making a quillow, continue making the pocket as described in the steps above. If there is a definite top and bottom to the picture then the opening should be at the top.
Then quilt along various outlines of the picture to enhance it and to attached the wadding as previously stated.
Making the quillow (inside quilt)
Joining the Pocket onto the Quilt
Mark the centres of each top edge (where this has been slip stitched) with a pin. Place pocket face down on the material used for the outside of the quillow, matching the centres.
Pin the pocket along the three edges to be sewn and in the centre to keep it in place.
Stitch as close to the edge as possible along the first side, across the top and then down the other side. Remember to backstitch at the start and end.
Quilt two rows of stitching from the edge of the pocket to three quarters of the way down the quilt to keep the wadding in place and also to use as a guide when folding the quilt into the pocket.
To fold into the pocket lay inside material face up and fold sides in along the quilted stitching. Fold the cushion equally so that the third fold will place it on top of the pocket.
Reach inside the pocket to grasp the corners one at a time and pull through easing the quilt into the cushion front.
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