The Quillow is not an idea unique to me. I don’t know who originally invented it but if you google “Quillow” you will find thousands of hits leading to tutorials, some even recorded on YouTube. There are even numerous websites and Etsy sellers who specifically make and sell Quillows. I am not associated with any of these people and I am not at a point in my life where I can sell my crafty wares. Rather, the Quillow is my go-to project for gifts to give people I love. There will be lots of posts featuring Quillows on this blog so I thought it was high time I introduce them to you. What, you may ask, is a Quillow? A Quillow (yes, I insist on capitalizing the name), is a quilt with a quilted pocket sewn on the bottom. When in use as a blanket, the pocket serves as a foot warmer but for storage purposes the blanket gets folded into the pocket and then serves as a chic and cozy home accent pillow. I am
a lazy grad student a creative person who problem-solves time saving solutions to advance productivity goals. Therefore, I tend to use a purchased blanket or (snitching a page from my mom’s playbook) I make a fleece blanket rather than make a quilt. It depends on which store, the houseware store or the fabric store, mails me a coupon at the time. Maybe someday I’ll go to the trouble of making an actual throw quilt to sew a quilted pocket to but until that fine day I’m just going to use my blanket method. Below are a couple Quillows I’ve made. Hopefully I’ll finish a formal tutorial of how to make a Quillow my way in the next couple days, just to add my own stone to the crafty path. In the mean time enjoy the cozy fun!
The prototype Quillow was an experiment on my part to see if my blanket method would actually work before I made a Quillow for anybody else. I used a red microfiber blanket. I like very scrappy projects so I used leftover squares from a quilt I had just finished for myself. Luckily my way worked, I have a Quillow that matches my quilt, and the rest is history.
I made this Quillow for my father in law. The blanket is a tan microfiber fuzzy throw. I was sad that it took me forever to finish but was thrilled that it actually matched the decor in their living room and their new couch. Sometimes missing deadlines turns out awesome!
Quilting the fish was a new experience for me. I had never before outline quilted a design on a fabric and was so nervous that it wouldn’t look okay. Thankfully, sometimes trying something new works out great.