X Spot Quilt Pillow tutorial

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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.

Well……I also love making table runners and mug rugs….who am I kidding? I enjoy making any kind of quilt project!

X Spot quilt pillow on bed

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.

Guest bedroom with quilt and pillow

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.

Quilts on shelves

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

X Spot pillow

Here is a drawing of the 18-inch pillow in Electric Quilt 8. This shows using (16) 5-inch squares cut in half so that each fabric shows up twice in the pillow.

EQ X Spot pillow

Materials

Supplies

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.
cutting the quilt blocks

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.
using a 5 inch square as a template

There is very little that you have to trim off.

Making the quilt blocks

Make 16 blocks for the pillow

Sew 16 blocks together using the photo below to show you how to arrange the blocks.

X Spot pillow 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.

Add batting and quilt

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.

X Spot pillow

Pillow backing

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.

Final Step:

Insert your pillow form and enjoy your new pillow! Now think about making the quilt!

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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!

Electric quilt image of quilt

I’m not sure when this quilt will get quilted but at least the pillow is done!

Finished quilt top outside

I am really enjoying all of the natural sunlight that comes into our living room and what a view!

Quilt on chair

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16 Comments

  1. Connie, I was feeling so proud of myself at completing the blocks and getting everything in place to finish my pillow. But, guess what? I had only “8” blocks, not 16! I used an older copy you had for this pillow and you must of seen the error and corrected it to read 16, not 8. Just had to share this with you. I made a quilt similar to this pattern with the strip in the middle and had some charms left over – they worked perfectly. Luckily, I had enough charms left to make the other 8 squares.

  2. I’m into making pillows and small items, so this is another one to sew.
    With such easy yet specific instructions and diagrams, this X-Spot pillow will be a beginner’s dream for me to make.
    Connie, the racks of your completed projects show an amazing array of quilts and other items.
    Best wishes as you move to your new home and studio.

  3. Oh Connie this is just lovely. I have been making crumb quilts from my stash, which I am sure every quilter has plenty of 🙂 and this pattern would be just perfect.
    I also have a a couple of charm packs that I have been brain storming of what to make with them… Well ta’dah, as usual you have given me the brilliant ‘light bulb’ inspiration that has sent my brain into overdrive with your X SPOT pattern. THANK YOU for all you wonderful tips, tutorials & quilting inspiration that you so willingly share with us all.
    Quilting friends from afar,
    Lynda

  4. I was going through drawers and making 2 1/2 strips of everything – my own jelly rolls. Now it looks like I need to make some 5″ squares. One of the ladies from quilting was doing just that at quilt club today. She made piles of 5″, 4″, 3″ and all the scraps go to the rag bag at church where the “precious little pieces” are sent out (somewhere!?!). Quilters! We waste nothing!
    Love the “Quilt Room!”

    1. It would depend on how big of a quilt you wanted to make. Each square is trimmed to 5-inches so would be 4½-inches finished. For the quilt diagram I showed, it would need 64 blocks.

  5. I really like the X marks the spot the pillow and the quilt top. It will be a great way to use up my fabrics.
    Thanks for sharing

  6. Merry Christmas, Miss Connie,
    I am happy to hear that both you and your husband are recovering. Oh, my goodness, your house, studio, and first quilt in your new home are beautiful. The view is from your living room is a Christmas card. Thank you for sending all your tips, inspiration, and updates. You are a blessing.

  7. Good Aftenoon Connie:
    So glad you and Builder Bob are feeling better. Hope his smell and taste soon return. Nothing like smelling some good home cooked food.
    Both your pillow and quilt is lovely. I have always loved scrappy quilts. It is a great way to use up odd sods and left overs. I have make a lot of crumb or mile a minute quilt blocks and hope to get them into a quilt this winter. Maybe make a lap quilt for each of my four sisters. What do you think a good size is for a lap quilt?
    Thank you for all your help and inspiration. I do hope and pray you are both able to enjoy Christmas. We will be home for christmas. My family and I have already exchanged gifts at a distance. the presents are under the tree waiting for Christmas morning. It will be a different christmas but at least we are all still healthy. Take care and a Merry Christmas and a great New Year to you and all your family and friends.

  8. This is why I like your blog! The hint about folding the pieces to give even placement is brilliant.
    When I saw your previous blog I wanted to make this but with everything that is going on in your life thought it might take you a while to do the tut ( sorry I doubted you). I found a few other instructions for this, tried them out but threw the blocks in disgust because I couldn’t get them to centre properly. I should have waited because you’ve just solved the problem. Thank you.

  9. Thanks so much for this. Super way to use up some of the fabrics that are too precious to pitch and too small to do much with! And you have written such great directions! We are still snowless! Chicago usually has a little cover by now. Take care of yourselves and enjoy the view!

  10. It seems you and Builder Bob work fast even under your current circumstances! I wish you continued healing and great health in the near future.
    I love this quilt pattern. It is simple, but makes a great design when all put together. I have several charm squares that can be put to good use with this pattern.
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge of quilting and patterns!
    Claudia

  11. Thank You Connie, I needed a quick project for a gift for a family member in a new house. This is perfect. I think I even have a few blocks already made….where? Glad to see you back to creating!

  12. Greetings! I’m so glad to hear you and BB are on the mend. Your new location is something I long for, maybe one day! But I will be thankful for what I have. Thanks for sharing your projects.

  13. Good to see you back in action, Connie. I love the pillow and the quilt. I have so many scraps and FQs that could be used in something like that. I’ll have to put it on my list for 2021. LOVE the view out your window – snow and all. We had snow here this week, but I hope we don’t get anymore. It’s fun to look at, but not much fun to deal with.

  14. I love the quilt. The pillow goes so nicely. Also I was suitably impressed over the three shelving units you have filled to the brim with all of your quilts and other projects. That is a great idea and you are so prolific and making these projects. I’m glad you and build your Bob are doing better. Don’t overdo. It takes a while to get over the virus and I always find that if you are tired it’s best to sit down for a few minutes and rest. Merry Christmas Connie and thanks for all you do.❤️😎Ellen

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