My First Quilted Pillow

There are several firsts in this story about me making a quilted pillow. While being home more than usual for the past year, I have looked for things to keep me busy and because I like to do crafts and sew, I decided to try my hand at quilting something.

My grandmother used to make the most beautiful quilts. She give me my first quilt when I got married in 1984. That poor quilt went through hell and back. I wish I still had it or at least a picture of it, but unfortunately I have neither. A past mother-in-law also used to quilt and I got one of her patterns to make a quilt top, but never finished it and somewhere through the years the quilt top got thrown out with the trash.

While looking online at one of the local quilt shops in town I discovered a pillow kit, which I though went I purchased it included everything you would need to make the pillow. I was wrong. It only included the pattern and applique pieces for the kite part of the design. Being that I paid $26 for this I almost took it back to the store for a refund, but decided to just go for it and buy the necessary fabrics to make it and see how it would turn out.

So along with this being my first quilted pillow, this is also the first time I have made flying geese. I actually had to look that term up to see what everyone online was talking about when I was researching quilt sites and blogs. It was the first time I have every actually quilted something and used the straight line quilt method to do this. I wanted to do the free motion quilting on it, but after several practice sessions and many hours of YouTube videos I decided to straight line this one. Maybe I will attempt the free motion on the next one.

My flying geese made individually.

My flying geese after sewing them together.

Next one? Yes the pillow I chose was actually part of a series representing 12 months of pillows. They change with the season. The patterns are from KimberBell and can be found online or at your local quilt store. The patterns are for actual pillow covers that you change out each month so you only have to make the actual pillow the first time. The pillow cover is made to where you can slip it on and off through the envelope opening in the back. That way you can also wash it if needed. They are approximately 16″ x 38″. Making the pillow was definitely the easy part. I’ve done that several times before.

Another first was doing applique as I have never attempted that. Still not sure that I done that correctly, but chose to use a zig zag stitch all the way around the edge. I will do a little more research on this before I make the next pillow. At this point I think I will skip the April design and go for May as I have so many projects going right now that I don’t want to be overwhelmed trying to get one completed in just a few days as it is very close to the end of the month and I need time to get the pattern and fabrics.

The front piece after adding the inner and outer borders.

After adding the kite applique and rick rack that served as the kite string.

Upclose of the flying geese on the finished product.

My First Quilted Pillow

The one for March is called, Let’s Go Fly a Kit!”

I plan to make more for each holiday, but I don’t think I will be buying patterns as the background and border are pretty much made the same way, just use different colored fabrics and then you applique whatever design you want to use. I’m up for the challenge of learning how to do the applique myself. If your experienced in quilting or applique, please feel free to share any advice you might have.