Thursday, 24 September 2015

Carpenters Wheel quillow



The name quillow may be new to you - it means a quilt that folds into a pillow - or cushion. I love these and made some for each of my daughters as they went to university.
The carpenters wheel block, made with 2" squares and half square triangles, (dies used - 659831
http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/659831/sizzix-bigz-die-half-square-triangles-2-1-2-assembled-square and 657607 -http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657607/sizzix-bigz-die-square-2-finished-2-1-2-unfinished, with the Big Shot Machine - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/660200/sizzix-big-shot-machine-only-white-gray) is a 16" square - so cut an 18" square in wadding and backing fabric. Layer the backing, wadding and cushion front together, pin and then quilt together.
Trim the wadding and backing to the same size as the cushion front.
Cut another piece of backing fabric the same size and
Trim the wadding and backing to the same size as the cushion front.
Cut another piece of backing fabric the same size and place on top of the cushion front and stitch around 3 sides (now you could leave the backing off when you are quilting but I like to quilt with a fabric on the back not just the wadding - but that's just personal choice)
Turn the cushion right side out and press.
For the quilt part I have used 1.8m by 112cm wide,of a plain black and a small print, and cut a piece of wadding to match.
As I don't want to add a binding to the quilt I layered on fabric right side up, on the wadding.
The cushion is placed in the middle of one end, matching raw edges, and then the other quilt fabric is placed right side down, over the top -
Pin through all layers and stitch together, using a 1/4" or 6mm seam allowance, and leaving an opening of 12"/ 30cm in one side.
Turn the quillow right side out, and slip stitch the open edges together.
Quilt as desired - leaving the cushion free at the end -

To complete flip the cushion onto the quilt, so that the pieced front is against the quilt, pin the sides to the quilt - and stitch in place, leaving the top edge open -
 
(this photo should show black - but I'm not sure what happened to the colour!!)
Turn the quillow over so that the pocket is underneath, fold the sides in to match the width of the cushion, then fold the length into 4, to match the cushion side.
All that remains is to turn the cushion right side out, with all of the quilt inside - and that's it folks -
A useful cushion, that doubles as a quilt for a cold evening.
Next week I'll show off one of our new dies - and then the following week I'll be at the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace - so maybe I'll see some of you there.
Angela

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