Saturday, November 10, 2012

Daisies quillow for Abby

My lovely young colleague, Abby de Groot, is leaving us to head to New York to be an au pair and follow her dream of living in the Big Apple; I have loved working with Abby as she began her teaching career and we have had a lot of laughs together and she will be missed by all of us!

Abby with her quillow, signed by staff members of Edendale Primary School.
So when looking to make a farewell gift for her I just HAD to make something out of this very cool raspberry pink daisy fabric when I saw it at Kits'n'things in Invercargill!  Decided to make a quillow (a quilt that can fold into a pillow/pillow that opens into a quilt!)  Used a tutorial from A cuppa and a catch-up and it was quite a lot of fun.

Is a very busy mix of fabrics but that is okay...
A glorious Southland spring day!
The pocket at the bottom can be used as a foot-warmer.
(Everyone has written a message for Abby on the panel.)
Quilt is approx 48" by 64".
Pillow is 16'sq.
The 'front' of the pillow - daisy was fused
and then machine-appliqued. 
'Back' (can of course be used as the front).

Close up showing the backing - a mini daisy b + w print.

I stitched in the ditch for the main quilt panel, but the pillow front
is done separately so I used a free-motion daisy pattern
that I have learnt in the FM quilting challenge.


  1. I love your quillow!!! The daisies are perfect :) x

  2. Great work, Jen and I love the FMQ flowers - very effective :)

  3. I love all those happy colors in the quillow...and green, green grass in the background! I've never made a quillow, but they look like fun.

  4. Thanks ladies! I must point out that the lovely long green grass is not there because we are lazy with the lawn mowing - the clothes-line is out in a fenced off area where we keep the hens and we just haven't let a sheep in there yet to eat up all the spring growth! It is nice to think we are getting enough sunshine (amongst the rain) to have so much growth - my peony rose bushes are starting to look gorgeous too!

  5. What a lovely quilt. The pillow bit is a great concept.