Today I have a fast and easy tutorial for a quilted pillow that has cute owls and flying geese blocks in it. I couldn’t wait to play work with a cute bundle of Nite Owls fabric by Judy Hansen. I don’t know about you but…..I love owls…..especially cute ones!
Nite Owls Quilted Pillow Tutorial
18″ x 18″
This tutorial is for a fast and easy 18-inch pillow using the following colors.
I received a fat quarter bundle of all the fabrics in the line and also a 1/2 yard piece for my pillow back.
Focal print: Owls – ½ yard for front squares and the back of the pillow
Fat quarters – dark orange, light orange, yellow, light purple, and dark purple
Owl print fat quarter
Cut (5) 6 ½” x 6 ½” squares
Light Orange print
Cut (4) 2 ½” strips x WOF
Subcut (24) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares
Dark Orange print, Light purple print, and yellow print
Cut (1) 2 ½” x WOF strip from each color
Subcut (4) 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles
Dark Purple print
Cut (1) 6 ½” x WOF
Subcut (8) 1 ½” x 6 ½” rectangles
Sew all seams with a ¼” seam allowance
Each block will be made with 3 easy to make flying geese sections. Start with (6) light orange 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares and mark a diagonal line on them. In the following photo I am using the yellow rectangle, do the same with the dark orange and light purple. Place the light orange square on the rectangle.
Stitch on your marked line, trim, and press. Then continue adding the other square.
Directional fabrics can be tricky. Sometimes it helps to fold your square back and lay in on the rectangle to make sure the orientation is correct before stitching.
Each block will have 3 different color flying geese sections and also 2 of the dark purple strips.
Sew your flying geese sections together and then add the dark purple 1 ½” x 6 ½” strips to the sides.
Make four finished blocks.
Layout your blocks as shown below with the owl print squares and sew the rows together.
Here is the pieced pillow top.
When I got my pillow top all pieced I realized something didn’t look right…..I had planned to have the dark orange flying geese blocks.I actually like this better but……I wasn’t going to rip it all out as it is still cute.
I added an 18″ x 18″ square of batting and backing to my pillow top and then quilted it.
I also did an envelope-style closure on the back.
- Cut one piece 19″ x 14″ and the other 19″ x 11″ for my overlap.
- Press under ¼” on one of the 19″ sides of each piece and then press another 1″ and topstitch.
- Watch the direction of the owl print.
- Over lap the pieces and place right side down on top of the pillow top and then sew all around the piece.
Here is the finished pillow. I have a granddaughter who loves purple and owls! I’m sure this will go to her house.
I just had to include this photo……you can’t tell the size and if I didn’t know better……I would think it was a pin cushion!
I hope you enjoyed the fast and easy tutorial for this cute pillow. This is an 18-inch pillow.
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