Use plush fabrics to piece an easy throw that takes advantage of the 58" width of the fabrics-it's the perfect easy-to-make gift! Fabrics are from the Nested Owls collection by AdornIt and the Kozy Cuddle collection, both from Shannon Fabrics.
From the Ground Up Color Option #2
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Inspired by From the Ground Up from designers Linda Jenkins and Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake Designs

Quilt tester: Elizabeth Beese

Note: Because the fabric has stretch, working with plush can be a different experience. Senior editor Elizabeth Beese pieced this quilt entirely on a serger, which easily controlled the stretch of the fabrics. "I also cut pieces a little larger than the original so I could use 1⁄2" seam allowances," she says. Click on "Download this Project" above for more tips on working with plush fabrics.


  • 1⁄2 yard each of solid aqua plush, solid coral plush, multicolor owl print plush, and red-and-white polka dot plush (quilt top)
  • 1⁄3 yard each of multicolor chevron print plush and solid tan plush (quilt top)
  • 5⁄8 yard binding print
  • 3-2⁄3 yards backing fabrics
  • 66×72" batting

Finished quilt: 58×66"

Yardages and cutting instructions (except for binding) are based on 58" of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1⁄2" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From solid aqua plush, cut:

  • 1--11×58" strip
  • 2--3×58" strips

From solid coral plush, cut:

  • 2--8×58" strips

From multicolor owl print plush, cut:

  • 2--7×58" strips

From red-and-white polka dot plush, cut:

  • 2--6×58" strips
  • 2--2×58" strips

From multicolor chevron print plush, cut:

  • 2--5×58" strips

From solid tan plush, cut:

  • 2--4×58" strips

From binding print, cut:

  • 7--2-1⁄2×42" binding strips

Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out assorted plush strips.


2. Using a 1⁄2" seam allowance, join strips to make quilt top. Finger-press seams in one direction. If desired, trim edges to square them up.

Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with binding print binding strips.