I must’ve been a tween when I received my first and only quillow when they were uber popular. What’s a quillow, you ask? Part quilt and part pillow, of course! When the quilt isn’t folded and tucked into the built-in pillow pocket, it’s a lovely blanket. I absolutely loved my blue quillow and kept it for years until I sadly had to toss my quillow when one of my cats had some behavior issues and targeted it.
For the quilted side, I used the jelly-roll strip method without using strips from a jelly roll. Confused? Instead of using a store-bought jelly roll, I used my longest pieces of fabric from my scrap stash and cut them all to be 6 inches high – I didn’t tinker with the length. The fast and easy method is simply sewing the end strips together. Once that was completed, I had one very long strip of fabric.
Next, I found the two end pieces of the super long strip of fabric and started to sew the pieces together lengthwise. I’m not sure which part was more tedious, sewing the short ends together or sewing two super long pieces together. The process was super easy, using the simple straight stitch, but it was also boring. I recommend listening to your favorite tunes during this process.
Once I reached the end, I cut the end loop and I had two sewn rows of fabric strips. Then I repeated the process, find the end pieces, start sewing lengthwise, and cut the loop at the end. I repeated this process until I reached the desired width of my quilt, which resulted in a little more than a dozen rows of strip fabric. With about a dozen breaks and numerous distractions, I completed it over the course of two days.
For the backing, I chose a cute fleece because of the softness and warmth. Not to mention, I wanted the quillow project to be quick, fun, and easy. After enlisting Charlie’s help and watching an online video for tips, I attached a fleece square in the bottom middle of the fleece backing – this creates the pocket of the quillow. I attached the pocket using a zig-zag stitch. And for some reason, sewing the pocket wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
CLARA: “Oh, are you trying to work here? But look at how cute I am. Adore me, please.” Because I didn’t use pre-sorted jelly-roll strips, I ran the risk of having two strip pieces of the same fabric being sewn together lengthwise. I ran into the two-strips one-piece issue twice, but fortunately, the pieces were near the edges, which I just cut off to match the width of the fleece. I’m a perfectionist up until a fixable extent.
I’m pretty pleased with the result of my first quillow! Other than touching it up some areas, it’s basically done and I’m pretty proud of myself for actually completing a major sewing project. Maybe one day, I’ll splurge for an actual jelly roll of pretty fabric instead of scavenging my scrap pile. One day. Maybe. Anyway, I’m pretty happy and proud of myself for completing this project! Yay!