Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Quilt to Pillow = Quillow

When I first started quilting, I began a series of wallhangings, one for each month of the year to hang on the inside of our front door. This was a really exciting project because I could display so many more quilts! Each month's wallhanging reflected the theme of the month - snowflakes in January, hearts in February etc.


Since then, we have redecorated our living room, which includes the front hallway, and I made a new quilt that hangs there permanently. The monthly wallhangings have mostly found new homes, except for two: September's Fall Leaves and November's Northwoods. I just wasn't able to give them away to our church craft fair, so they have been hanging in my sewing room for a few years. 


Last week I had the most ingenious (OK to me it was ingenious) idea to make the Northwoods wallhanging into a pillow. I had an extra green, flannel pillow case that I sewed to the quilt by stitching in the ditch around the binding. It was a perfect fit except for a few extra inches at one end. We had an extra bed pillow in the closet that I put inside the pillow case (not between the pillow case and quilt). After turning the extra fabric under the quilt, I basted that seam closed, also stitching in the ditch, so that If I needed to wash it, I could undo the stitching and take the pillow out. 


When I suggested putting this wallhanging on the wall in the basement, my husband wasn't too keen on the idea. Now that it is a "quillow", both he and my son are fighting over it! I have to admit, the quilting on the wallhanging helps make the the pillow extra soft, so maybe I'll steal it from them one day!

Posted to Sew Fresh Quilts "Let's Bee Social". 

13 comments:

  1. What a neat idea hope you get to use it sometime

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  2. What a great idea to use a wall hanging as a quillow! The quilting looks great. Thanks for sharing! And Happy New Year, Lisa!

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    1. Thank you! This was one quilt where I liked my quilting :)

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  3. Love your name for it! What a fun idea! Visiting from Sew Fresh Quilts! :)

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    1. Thanks Lindsey! I actually borrowed the name from the large blanket-type quilts that have a small pillow case sewn on the corner. Then you fold them up and put them in the pillow - dual purpose.

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  4. OH! This is an awesome idea. . . I have a wall hanging size quilt that I just don't know what to do with.... I think now I do!! :) Thank you! I bee lined over from Sew Fresh Quilts.

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    1. I am happy to hear my idea is useful to others too - thank you!

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  5. Cute! Cute! CUte! Years ago, I made quillows for everyone one Christmas!!!!

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  6. What a sweet idea! I think I might have a quilt around that I could do that with....hmmmm...

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