Thursday, May 21, 2015


Quilts that fold into pillows are Quillows, Blankets that fold into pillows are Billows....


Horse Billow Pillow Pocket
Opposite side of Horse Billow Pillow Pocket
The Blanket of the pillow pocket will fold into this and become a "BILLOW"  or blanket in a pillow-This is the pocket before sewn together

This is what the inside looks like- when attached to the blanket it becomes a place for the new owner to put their feet when using, so all seams are finished with an overcast stitch and seams are about 1/4" stitched straight stitch just inside the overcast seam.
This is pinned together for to test if all is right in size etc.
Pocket is stitched with the seams meeting and top stitched on top of the right side of the blanket with the opposite side looking like this when opened up
 On double sided minkie both sides feel good, but I consider the extra smooth side to be the right side.   Hemmed edging is about 1.25 turned under twice and then top stitched and then alternating Blanket stitch on your antique embroidery stitches.
Now just fold it together into the pillow pocket like this

The last roll into the pocket just pick up corners of pocket and shake down in and finished it looks like this...
Soft and cozy blanket or pillow.... and two sided
 Either side should look fine... and soft and cozy.....  or get chilly just pull out the blanket and stick your tootsies inside the pillow pocket............hmmmmmmmm  cozy!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

How to make a Billow

Blankets into Pillows become ? BILLOWS

Sooo, unless I come up with a better name BILLOWS it is:
Here is the first one of these...

Fabric is Double sided minky or you could use cuddlecloth.

Cuddlecloth is a little looser weave.

This is a luxurious double sided minky that came from G Street Fabrics - MY very favorite place of
fabric and inspiration.

So, the blanket size (by creation accident as usual) is 58 by 42.   The sides are folded under and first top stitched on the edge and because of the thickness and softness of the fabric a second stitching on top of the that row is antique quilting blanket stitched, the two sided blanket stitch from my sewing machine.

The edge can be whatever you want but I used about 2.5 inches around the edge and folded under half an inch because of the structure of doublesided minky being so soft and luxurious.  I used the really smooth side as the outside of the blanket, although either side can be out.  They both feel so good to the touch

The pillow was made separately to sew to the bottom of the blanket.

The machine embroidered hummingbirds were done on plain cotton and cut around to be appliqued onto the minky so as to leave a very soft inside of the pillow for feet if the new owner wants toe-tal luxury down to the toes.  The seam was one sewn and then overlocked so the edges would all be finished and soft to the touch of the toes and the edge was turned under about .75 inch and then blanket stitched to give a flat edge when putting your billow in.

Folding the Billow
Both sides of the pillow of the billow were embroidery appliqued

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pick a Fabric for your Quillow or Two.. reversible..

KittysQuillows   - Quilts that fold into pillows

Past Quillows made for Special Someones:

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Redskins Pocket when folded-outline quilted around emblem

A Few of His Favorite Things Machine Embroidery


Black Minky on Opposite side of pillow


Ravens side of lighthouse pillow

Opposite side of Pillow

Minky side quilted outline of Ravens and Machine embroidered lighthouses