I guess this will be my very first of many quilt projects made at our new country house. I took the leftover blocks from the X Spot quilt and turned them into a pillow. Do you like to make pillows? Pillows and placemats are probably my favorite things to make.
This is our guest bedroom downstairs. It has one small window which doesn’t have an egress window so technically this can’t be called a bedroom. There is no way you could climb out that window if there was a fire but there is a walkout door just outside the room.
This room houses all of my quilts on three chrome shelves.
It was a lot of work moving all of these! My daughter helped me pack them into heavy plastic bags for the move. It feels so good to have them all folded and on my shelves again! I sort them by pillows, placemats, mug rugs, table runners, baby quilts etc. It makes it easy when I want to pull something out for new photos or just to use.
I mentioned in my last post about moving into my quilt studio that I found a box of quilt blocks that I made a long time ago and decided to go ahead and finish piecing the quilt.
One of my favorite places to find quilt blocks is in Electric Quilt 8. I searched it looking for this block and found something similar called a Simple Autograph block. The center section was larger so I redrew it to create a finished 1-inch strip in the center.
X Spot pillow tutorial
18-inch square pillow
Here is a drawing of the 18-inch pillow in Electric Quilt 8. This shows using eight 5-inch squares cut in half so that each fabric shows up twice in the pillow.
- 5-inch scraps or a charm pack – 8 needed for pillow
- One fat quarter of cream or white fabric (I used muslin)
- ⅝ yard of backing fabric
- Aurifil 50wt cotton thread
- Schmetz needles
- 18-inch pillow form
- Sewing machine
- ¼″ foot for your sewing machine
- Magnetic pin cushion and straight pins or wonder clips
- 5-inch square quilt ruler
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Iron and wool ironing mat
How to make the X Spot pillow
Step 1: Cut your fabric
- Cut your 5-inch squares in half diagonally.
- Cut the white/cream fabric into 1½-inch by 8½-inch strips.
Step 2: Sew blocks
- Fold the 1½-inch by 8½-inch strip in half and iron to make a crease.
- Repeat this step with each diagonally cut 5-inch square.
- Match the creases and pin.
- Sew the seams with a ¼-inch seam allowance.
- Press to the dark fabric.
Step 3: Trim the block to size
- Trim the block to a 5-inch square.
- The easiest way to do this is to use a 5-inch square ruler, I can’t find mine at the moment so I am using a 5 inch square of fabric as my template.
- You just want the square centered on the block.
There is very little that you have to trim off.
Make 16 blocks for the pillow
Sew 16 blocks together using the photo below to show you how to arrange the blocks.
Small quilt projects are the perfect place to use leftover pieces of batting. I zig-zagged 3 scraps of batting together for my pillow.
I used a neutral color of thread for my quilting. I did a simple free motion quilting on the prints and a little wiggle loop on the muslin.
I just did a simple envelope style back and also edge-stitched about a quarter inch in from the edge of the pillow.
- Cut 2 pieces of a neutral fabric – 13″ x 18″.
- On each piece fold one of the 18″ sides under ¼” and press.
- On one piece, fold under another 1″ and topstitch it.
- On the other piece, fold under ¼” again and topstitch.
- Place the 1″ top stitched piece face down on the right side of the pillow top.
- Next place the ¼” top stitched piece face down on top of it.
- Pin the pieces and stitch around the pillow with a ¼” seam allowance.
- Double stitch over the area where the back pieces overlap to make the seams stronger.
Insert your pillow form and enjoy your new pillow! Now think about making the quilt!
X Spot Quilt
Here is what a quilt looks like in Electric Quilt 8. I enjoyed using my scraps for this quilt but it would really be fun to make this with a couple of charm packs of bright fun fabrics!
I’m not sure when this quilt will get quilted but at least the pillow is done!
I am really enjoying all of the natural sunlight that comes in our living room and what a view!
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