'Beyond the Pillow Panel'

Quilt Pillow (Quillo) Revisited

Quick and Easy Gift Idea - can be made in about 3 hours.
Poem to include with your gift
Use me as a pillow unless you get cold,
then pull out my stuffing, and gently unfold.
I'm a lap quilt now, with space for your feet,
and when you're all done, fold me back,
nice and neat.
Published in Quilters Newsletter Magazine, 1987
"I love my Quillo. I keep several on the sofa. What I love the best, is that I can put my feet
into the pocket portion when my feet get cold". Rosie
Thermolam® - 1/2 yd (You can also use 'Warm & Natural®)
Fabric for Top of Quillo - 2 yds
- Extra 1/2 yard if you wish to make your own pillow
or 1 Pillow Panel of your choice - (you may have to add borders to make the pillow panel larger and
to match your quilt top)
Fabric for Back of Quilt and Pillow - 2 1/2 Yds
6 oz - 48" Batting - 2 Yds
Matching Pearl Cotton Thread for *tyling (optional)
- Machine quilting your quillo is also an option
Sewing Necessities
Sewing machine
Walking Foot (is desirable,but not necessary
Quilting Pins
Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat and Ruler 6"x24"
Neutral or matching thread, including clear monofilament.
Basice sewing needs.
Choosing the correct size of batting for your Quillo is VERY important!
It can mean the difference between a "Wimpy' pillow and a Quillo that sits on your couch and looks
like a pillow until its unfolded.
 Quillo Size Pillow Size Batting Size
 45 X 54 18" 8 oz X 48"
 45 X 72 18" 6 ox X 48"
 45 X 72 22" 8 oz X 48"
These batting sizes have been tested, over and over and over again.
Have been tried and true. If you make your quillo larger or smaller,
you will need to experiment with you batting.
Build your pillow block to measure 18 1/2" or 19".
This will allow for a finished block of 18"
You can use a pillow panel or you can make your own block.
Use two layers of Thermolam for your pillow. I prefer using Thermolam because it gives me a nicer
looking pillow pocket. It will be flat, but that is good. You may decide to use batting if you wish, however,
this will take up pillow space. The poofyness will come from the quilt being stuffed into the pillow.
It is very important to use the correct weight of batting in your quillow's.
I suggest that you use 60f batting if you are making your quillo 72" in length.
Use 80z batting if you are making your quillo 54" in length.
The pillow size will remain the same.
Should you decide to make your quillo larger, you must adjust the batting and pillow size.
Cutting: Quilt Body
1 - 2yd cut for the top.
1 - 2 yd cut for the backing
Batting - 45" X 72"
Cutting the Pillow
One 18" to 19" Quilt Block or Pillow Panel
One - Matching Size piece for back of the pillow (Use the same fabric as the backing to your quilt.)
1 Matchine size Piece of Thermolam® (double the thermolam)
Sewing the Pillow Pocket
Place the Thermolam on a flat surface.
Place the backing of te pillow right side up on the thermolam.
Place the pillow top right side down on top of the backing piece.
Pin the 3 layers, leaving a 6" to 8" opening on one side of the pillow top.
Sew all around (thru all 3 layers) using a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving the 6" to 8" opening.
Trim away uneven edges.
Turn your pillow right sides out. Shake and smooth out, being sure to gently poke out the corners.
Close the seam opening.
You can now machine quilt or tie the pillow.
The batting will be secured when you sew your pillow to your quilt.
Sewing the Quilt
Repeat the above steps for sewing the quilt, using batting in place of thermolam.
Leave a 12" opening for easy turning.
Once turned, you can machine quilt or tie your quilt.
I suggest that you top stitch all around the quilt top, about 1/2" to secure the batting.
Adding the Pillow to the Quilt
Place the quilt body on a flat surface with the backing side facing up.
Center the pillow flush against one end of the quilt body with the backing side facing up.
Note: If you have a one way design, be sure to place the pillow at the top of the quilt, being
certain that you design on the pillow and the quilt top are going in the right direction.
Once your pillow is centered, pin in place, stitce both sides and the top, about 1/4" inside the
pillow, reinforcing the bottom corners. DO NOT sew the bottom of the pillow.
1. Place the quillow on a flat surface with the pillow pocket on the bottom.
2. Fold the quilt into thirds the long way by lapping the outside edges one over the other.
3. Pull the bottom of the pillow pocket up and over the lapped folds, so that you turn the pillow pocket "inside out" over the body of the quilt.
4. Fold the quillow into thirds lengthwise.
5. Grasp the second fold, the one furthest from the pillow, and stuff it into the inside pocket as far as it will go.
6. Smooth out the lumps and wrinkles.
  Diagram 1:Place the quilt on a flat surface with the pillow pocket on the botton.
Fold the quilt into thirds at the qulting lines by lapping theoutside edges, one over the other.
  Pull the bottom of the pillow pocket up and over the lapped folds.
  Fold the lapped portion of the quilt into thirds.
  Grasp the second fold, the one farthermost from the pillow pocket, and stuff it inside the pillow pocket as far as it will go.
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