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Show Me How: Quilted Pillow

Sew along with Linda and make a quilted pillow. Get the instructions here:

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Hi, I'm Linda Augsburg, executive editor for American Patchwork and Quilting, and on this episode of Show Me How, brought to you by Baby Lock, I'm going to show you how to make this easy patchwork pillow. So let's get started. So to sew along with us, for the instructions you can go to The things you'll need to cut for this project are: eight 2-1/2x21" strips of fabric in various colors, two 16-1/2x11-1/2" pieces of backing fabric, one 16-1/2" square piece of batting, and one 16-1/2" square of muslin. And then also two 2-1/2x42" or width of fabric binding strips. You, of course, also need a 16" pillow form, as the pillow actually finishes at 16-1/2" because of the binding. So the first step is to take your 2-12" strips, the eight that you cut for the pillow, and sew them together. You can see here that I've sewn them together in a strip set and then I'm going to cut them at 2-1/2". So I'm going to cut eight strips and each of them is going to be 2-1/2" wide. So I'm going to lay out the eight 2-1/2"strips I cut, and I'm going to alternate them in each row. So for the first row I've got the yellow here, the second row the yellow is at the other end, and the third one the yellow is here again, so when I lay out all those strips you'll see that I create that checkerboard. So there you have it. Now we'll sew those strips together. So with this many seams I want to make sure I'm using my 1/4" foot, and I'm just going to sew a 1/4" seam. And I've pinned each intersection you can see so when I get to those I don't have any trouble with the seams going in the wrong direction or shifting at all, so I have a nice clean checkerboard. So you've sewn your 1/4" seam. You're going to open that up. You can see the intersections meet very nicely. You're going to continue across your pillow top until you've got all eight sections sewn together. So for me I like to cut my backing and my batting a little bit larger than what my finished top is going to be, so in this case I did cut that batting and backing at about a 17" square. And now I've put my pieced pillow top on top of it and I've just basted the three layers together with some quilt basting spray. In addition, I've put the walking foot on my machine. And the walking foot is designed to feed the top of your fabric at the same speed as the bottom of your fabric, so it'll keep your quilt nice and flat as you quilt it. One more thing I did was turn on the laser pointer on this Baby Lock Crescendo, and what that is going to allow me to do is easily know where I'm sewing because I'm going to sew through the gray squares in this piece and I'm going to sew on the diagonal through all of those grays. I'm not going to sew through the colored pieces in this pillow top and what I'm going to do, it's going to do is help me meet those intersections really nicely. So I lower my presser foot and I start quilting and you can see it's feeding at a nice speed, and I'm just going to every time make sure I'm all lined up. So I've quilted two diagonals. I'm going to continue and quilt the rest of the diagonals in that direction, and then I'm going to come back and quilt the diagonals in the other direction so that I have a nice grid, a diagonal grid quilted through the gray squares. This pillow top is a little bit different in the finish, in that it has a bound edge, so I'm going to show you how to do that. We're going to go back to the backing pieces you cut earlier. This is your 16-1/2" going this way and your 11-1/2" coming this way. You're going to fold under 1/4" on the long edge, one long edge of your piece, then you're going to fold over 2", and then you're going to topstitch that. Now I've done that to this piece. Imagine I've done that to both. We're then going to sew on a scant 1/4" on all four sides, and you see here I've lined up the outside edges, the unfolded edges and then I've overlapped those folded edges and that's going to give me that pillow flat back where I can slide the pillow form into. Now once I've done that you see I've got my front, my batting in between and them my back. I'm going to bind the edges, and it's bound just like you would a quilt. I've taken my two binding strips and sewn them together, and I've folded them in half wrong sides together, and I did make a miter cut at the end, I like that it's a little smoother finish for your pillow. From there you're going to sew it on the wrong side as you would bind a quilt using a 1/4" seam allowance then bring that binding strip up and over and topstitch it on the top or the front of your pillow. That's all there is to it, just insert the pillow form and you're ready to go. Again you can get those instructions at Thanks for sewing along with us.