My gift for my parents 50 years anniversary is done, and with almost one week to spare. It is one huge log cabin block (my first ever actually) made from 2 ½” scraps and an 8”*8” picture in the centre. It went together nice and easily. Quilting the picture however, gave me some headache. Did you know that you can’t “unquilt” a printed picture without leaving quite noticeable holes? Well, I didn’t, so there they are!
This pillow is very quick and easy to make; no zipper, no buttonholes, no binding.
Make a quilt top as large as the pillow form + a little extra for seam allowances and shrinkage during quilting.
Quilt it. I use a soft thin and rather firm polyester batting and no backing to keep the softness. Cut away any extra batting, and measure the front.
The back:Cut a piece of backside fabric as wide as the front. From this fabric you cut two pieces; the first length ca 2/3 of the length of the front. Lay it on top of the front and measure the 1/3 gap. The second length should be the gap + overlap; length depending of the size of the pillow; the larger size, the bigger the overlap. (8-9 “ is suitable for a 20” pillow).
Make a double fold in the long sides on both pieces; press and sew it down.
The pillow:Layer the front and largest backside piece, fronts together. If the front has a top and bottom side like mine, the first piece should be on the top. Pin along the 3 outer edges. Layer the second piece, and pin.
Sew around the whole pillow; I sew mine with the batting up to make sure the seam allowance is consistent. I also zigzag around the edges so it can withstand washing.
Turn the pillowcase, press the seams, slip the pillow form in, and you’re done!