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Vote Now: Quilted Pillows


It’s voting time!! The theme for this week’s contest is Quilted Pillows and WOW do we ever have some gorgeous pillows for you to see. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and a pencil to make note of your faves. You can vote for FIVE quilted pillows this weekend.

Valerie from Pastimes Online is back as this week’s sponsor. She’s giving away the first two issues of Vignette for this week’s winner. Also, check out the quick tutorial for a pillow she made using Dupioni silks. It’s simply gorgeous!

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday – Sunday @ 11:59 p.m.
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt (from home if you send it to coworkers)
  • Winner announced Monday!

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos and stories below… there are several, so you’ll need to scroll down to see them all. You can also click the link to the slider version to review the quilts in the large format and then return to this page to vote.
  • Underneath the photos, scroll down, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button** beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. You can select up to FIVE pillows this week.
  • Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the names of the quilts. Press the vote button.

** Note: If you don’t see the square buttons to vote, but instead see the voting results, that means someone on your IP Address already voted, or that the voting period has ended, or that you need to refresh the page to see the voting options. Shared IP Addresses are very common in home or work networks.

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 40
  • Total countries: 7
  • Total provinces: 5
  • Total states: 14

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

All About Selvages All About Selvages
By: Flourishing Palms,
Iowa, USA
Blog: FlourishingPalms

Having made several items from selvages, a pillow seemed like a fun and easy idea. I love the brightness of this with the lime green Metro Living dots.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 20"

America America America America
By: Miss Ashleigh,
United Kingdom
Blog: A beginners journey

This is an american cushion I made for a friend who loves america as much as me. I cross stitched the centre piece and then surrounded it with different american style fabrics.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 20"

Bird of Paradise Pillow Bird of Paradise Pillow
By: Stitchin’ RN,
Arizona, USA
Blog: stitchinrn

I made a quilt for our bed, and with the extra fabric I did my first paper piecing, which looks like the ‘Bird of Paradise’ to me.

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 16"

Bloom Where You Are Planted Bloom Where You Are Planted
By: Mary Durham,
Missouri, USA

This is an original design, spurred by a challenge from my quilt guild. Our theme was ‘In the Garden’ and the multi-color batik in the outer border was required as part of the entry. It is machine appliqued, hand embroidered and machine quilted.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 20"

Blue wholecloth pillow Blue wholecloth pillow
By: Susanne,
Blog: Quilt it out

I handquilted this blue wholecloth pillow. So relaxing :)

Quilt size: width: 15" height: 15"

Cathedral Window Pillow Cathedral Window Pillow
By: Mary Schuberg,
California, USA
Blog: Needled Mom

This was a Quiltalong last year from Lilac Lane, hosted by Melissa Stramel

Quilt size: width: 17″" height: 17″"

Charm Pack Pillows Charm Pack Pillows
By: Cindy,
Minnesota, USA
Blog: Quilt Doodle Doodles

These pillows were made with a couple of charm packs I had in my stash. They were inspired by a project my nieces had made at a quilt retreat at my mom’s. They were so much fun to make and quick and easy to do.

Quilt size: width: 17" height: 17"

Donna's Christmas Pillow Donna’s Christmas Pillow
By: Nancy Lee,
Missouri, USA
Blog: WithThreadInHand

I made this pillow for my sister-in-law as a thank you for helping us rehab our house. She and her husband helped lay down flooring, install a complete kitchen and more… The pattern is from AmandaJean at CrazyMomQuilts. I hope to make another one for me, as it was very hard to give it away..

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 20"

Dresden Plate Pillow Dresden Plate Pillow
By: Sharyn H,
New Jersey, USA
Blog: Quilty Pleasures

I made three of these pillows from leftover plates from a dresden plate quilt. I got the fabric from an Amish quilt shop in Lancaster, PA.

Quilt size: width: 15" height: 15"

Duck hunting Duck hunting
By: Zlata Ratskevich,
Russian Federation
Blog: ZlataR

Cushion of silk fabrics. Machine appliqué, paper foundation.
Sewn into a birthday gift to my father – lover of hunting.

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 16"

Elissa's Pillow Elissa’s Pillow
By: Debbie Grasley,
Minnesota, USA

This is a pillow that I made for my little 10 yr. old neighbor. She drew me a picture and I made it into the pillow. I wish I could show you the picture, to see how similiar they are. She loved it.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 10"

Embroidered Christmas Wreath Pillows Embroidered Christmas Wreath Pillows
By: Gail Straka,
Arizona, USA

Machine embroidered and quilted Christmas Pillows, each using a wreath design. I love Christmas decorating items and these are the first quilted embroidered pillows that I made.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 18"

Fabricadabra Ruffled Pillow Fabricadabra Ruffled Pillow
By: Stitchin’ RN,
Arizona, USA

Taken from the Jenny Haskins design for ‘Fabricadabra Quilt’ this pillow shows the same embroidery embedded design in a smaller way. I love the pillow. It is backed with Fusible Fleece, the top was a combination of embroidery design and quilting, then the ruffles were applied and finally the back.

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 16"

Fall Lake Pillow Fall Lake Pillow
By: Lynda Thompson,
Virginia, USA
Blog: Artquiltist

I made this pillow for my husband’s office. The center panel is a photo transfer of the lake behind our house in the fall. I accented that with Batik fabrics. I added a brown ribbon strip for accent around the quilted panel. The pillow has a ruffle.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 18"

Friends Friends
By: Sheila,
Nova Scotia, Canada
Blog: Sheila’s quilt world

I made this pillow as a gift for a friend a couple of years ago .

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 10"

From Bobby (Flip and Stitch Tech) From Bobby (Flip and Stitch Tech)
By: Lisa,
Texas, USA
Blog: Lisa Garrett-Bryan

Bobby suffered a anurisim 7 years ago 99% fatal since then he has many things he is thankful for the Greatest his wife, love and best friend, Deborah who is primary caregiver always taking care of him never herself, made a basket to include pillow he said “Deborah you are my Heart”, Love, Bobby.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 17.5"

Gabby's First Pillow Gabby’s First Pillow
By: The Apprentice,
Louisiana, USA
Blog: Butterfly Angels

My “Apprentice” made her first quilted pillow entirely alone. the corners match PERFECTLY! I know it’s not nearly as fancy as the others that are posted, but I want her to see herself as a true designer, even if she IS young. I hope others will see that, too.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"

Garden Path Pillow Garden Path Pillow
By: Michelle Young,
Maine, USA
Blog: My Life In Quilts

I was feeling a little snowed in and gloomy so I decided to look forward to spring and made this little pillow. I used 3.5 in half-square triangles and squares that I cut from scraps using my Accuquilt Go cutter.

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 12"

Garden Romance Pillow Garden Romance Pillow
By: Susan J. Jensen,
British Columbia, Canada
Blog: Quilted Escapes

I’m a romantic by heart and love applique so I designed a quilt along with a matching pillow. This is the pillow and I call it Garden Romance!

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 18"

Gerry's cushion Gerry’s cushion
By: Fran Wiest,
British Columbia, Canada

The cushion tops are whole cloth mini quilts, sandwiched with Warm and Natural, the entire fabric motif is quilted with free motion stitching using matching Gutterman thread. They were given to my sister in law Gerry on her birthday Feb 26, 2012

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 16"

I <3 U I <3 U
By: Melissa,
Florida, USA
Blog: Loblolly Quilts

This pillow was inspired by a canvas collage I saw that was made up of the words “I Love You”. I thought it would be really fun to have an entire quilt made up like that since what says “I love you” better than a quilt … so to give the idea and pattern a test run I made this pillow :)

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 18"

Kaleidoscope Pillow Kaleidoscope Pillow
By: Vicki Welsh,
Virginia, USA
Blog: Field Trips in Fiber

This pillow was created for an art quilt challenge.It started as a rectangular wall hanging but I preferred something square and made it into this pillow. It’s backed in Ultrasuede. The kaleidoscope is made from 240 pieces!

Quilt size: width: 15" height: 15"

Mariner's Star Pillow Mariner’s Star Pillow
By: Maria Kievit,
Ontario, Canada

This was a project that I never was going to finish as a quilt, and thus made a pillow out of it. I don’t know if it fits the rules, as it is not quilted, but used a quilting pattern for it instead.

Quilt size: width: 15.5" height: 15.5"

Marissa's Moment Pillow Sham Marissa’s Moment Pillow Sham
By: Lynette,
Florida, USA
Blog: What a Hoot Quilts

I designed and made this pillow sham to go with my daughter’s quilt that I’m making from a charm pack that mysteriously attracted her. Blogged at http://whatahootquilts.blogspot.com/2012/01/tgiff-host-spot-12712-ufo-finish-ri.html

Quilt size: width: 22" height: 16"

Miniature Doll Pillows in 1:12 ratio Miniature Doll Pillows in 1:12 ratio
By: Judy Bowers,
Washington, USA
Blog: Golden Dog Quilting

I made a quilt and 2 pillows in miniature doll house scale. So, if a real pillow is 12″, a miniature scale doll pillow will be 1″. Each pillow top contains 17 pieces, made by paper piecing. I still enjoy small piecing like this, even though I have low vision.

Quilt size: width: 1.25" height: 1.25"

Mod Mosaic Pillow Mod Mosaic Pillow
By: Cynthia F,
British Columbia, Canada
Blog: Cynthia F

A big huge pillow made of assorted fabrics for our work office!
Pattern from OhFrasson.com

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 36"

My Cat Pillow My Cat Pillow
By: Rachel Garibay,
Texas, USA

I Love Cats!! I made this for a pillow challenge for our quilt guild. It’s hand apliqued and beaded.

Quilt size: width: 17" height: 11"

NY beauty scrappy pillow NY beauty scrappy pillow
By: grace thorne,
Maine, USA

took a class on curved piecing and made one block; rather than leave it orphan, made a nice pillow that complements others i have made!

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 16"

One Heart Reading Pillow One Heart Reading Pillow
By: Katherine Greaves,
Alberta, Canada
Blog: Sew Me Something Good

I designed this pillow so that I would be able to comfortably read in bed with my back supported. A triangle shape seemed perfect! Then I decided to incorporate my love of patchwork, scraps and buttons to make the pillow extra special. Free motion quilting added the finishing touch.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 16"

Quilted Pillows Quilted Pillows
By: jeri,
Oregon, USA
Blog: durable goods

These were a gift for a friend’s birthday. I enjoy making blocks as a trial before attempting them on a larger scale to make a quilt. This is a great way to try them.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 18"

Rennie's Rose Rennie’s Rose
By: Lorraine Shergold,
United Kingdom
Blog: Monkey Business and Quilts

I bought some Rose pink silk in a sale which was exactly right for this project. The pattern from a magazine is based on the work of Rennie Macintosh. Corded Trapunto work with hand embroidered seeding in 2 shades of purple, French knots in dark pink. Hand quilted with a medium shade of purple.

Quilt size: width: 16″" height: 16″"

Roosters Roosters
By: Marjorie,
New Brunswick, Canada
Blog: Marjorie’s Busy Corner

This is a pair of rooster pillows…they were so much fun.
Machine appliqued the roosters on the background…then did some meandering for the quilting…

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 16"

Spring Tulips Spring Tulips
By: Sandi,
Minnesota, USA
Blog: A Legacy of Stitches

I love tulips and only wish I could grow real ones as easily as I can from fabric! I drew this tulip design for a penny rug, then decided to use it on a pillow. I made three pillows for the bedroom and this one in 30’s prints is my favorite!

Quilt size: width: 16″" height: 16″"

Swimming Dolphins Swimming Dolphins
By: Kathryn Garcia,

Sun dyed 100 % cotton in Bermuda by Kathryn Garcia.
Dolphins hand quilted.
Machine quilted background.

Quilt size: width: 26" height: 28"

Take Time Take Time
By: Ruth O,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Sewlmate Sister

I found this little pattern for a cute embroidery and knew I had to make it. Then added pretty squares of modern fabric. it got me addicted to stitcheries!!!!

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 16"

Upcycled Love Upcycled Love
By: Sarah Vanderburgh,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Sew Joy Creations

Made with one of my husband’s shirts that I shrunk and selvages from my latest projects. I had lots of fun making this. Credit to my daughter for taking the lovely picture of my pillow in the snow! You can read more about my pillow at the blog link above.

Quilt size: width: 15" height: 15"

updating an old fav updating an old fav
By: Kristine,
Blog: Sew Miss Maggie

This pillow case was made for my son by request to replace one he already had. The colours were all picked by him (yes i was a little worried at first) and i think it turned out really well.
The pillow case is quilted in a all over free motion pattern.

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 20"

Water Lily Water Lily
By: Bette G,
Virginia, USA
Blog: Bette

This is a result of a class I took on hand applique.

Quilt size: width: 16.5" height: 16.5"

Winter Flakes Winter Flakes
By: Betsy Lynn,
Illinois, USA
Blog: Lilypetunia

This is a pillow I made from the 2009 Cross Country Quilt Designer Blog Hop. It’s a pattern by Pat Sloan and the fabrics are The Caroler by Mary Engelbreit.
I gave it to my daughter Christine for Christmas that year.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 18"

Yo Yo Pillow Yo Yo Pillow
By: Lindy,
Washington, USA
Blog: Art From the Heart

Remember the hoopla just prior to the turn of the century? Quilters all over the world were producing quilts to celebrate 2000. I decided to make 2000 yo-yos for a quilt top. Yeah, right…
I’ve been trying to incorporate the100s I made into projects ever since-hair clips, flowers, and this pillow!

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 14"

Quilted Pillows

  • Bloom Where You Are Planted (29%, 160 Votes)
  • Gabby's First Pillow (20%, 111 Votes)
  • Kaleidoscope Pillow (19%, 107 Votes)
  • Cathedral Window Pillow (16%, 91 Votes)
  • Mod Mosaic Pillow (15%, 86 Votes)
  • All About Selvages (15%, 84 Votes)
  • My Cat Pillow (13%, 71 Votes)
  • Marissa's Moment Pillow Sham (11%, 61 Votes)
  • Water Lily (9%, 48 Votes)
  • Embroidered Christmas Wreath Pillows (8%, 45 Votes)
  • Donna's Christmas Pillow (8%, 43 Votes)
  • Friends (7%, 41 Votes)
  • One Heart Reading Pillow (7%, 39 Votes)
  • Take Time (7%, 37 Votes)
  • Duck hunting (5%, 30 Votes)
  • Dresden Plate Pillow (5%, 29 Votes)
  • Miniature Doll Pillows in 1:12 ratio (5%, 27 Votes)
  • Blue wholecloth pillow (5%, 27 Votes)
  • Garden Romance Pillow (4%, 22 Votes)
  • Swimming Dolphins (4%, 21 Votes)
  • I <3 U (4%, 20 Votes)
  • Quilted Pillows (3%, 19 Votes)
  • Roosters (3%, 17 Votes)
  • Mariner's Star Pillow (3%, 15 Votes)
  • Rennie's Rose (3%, 14 Votes)
  • updating an old fav (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Winter Flakes (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Yo Yo Pillow (2%, 11 Votes)
  • America America (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Upcycled Love (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Bird of Paradise Pillow (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Spring Tulips (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Charm Pack Pillows (1%, 5 Votes)
  • From Bobby (Flip and Stitch Tech) (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Elissa's Pillow (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Fabricadabra Ruffled Pillow (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Fall Lake Pillow (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Gerry's cushion (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Garden Path Pillow (1%, 3 Votes)
  • NY beauty scrappy pillow (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 557

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Next Week’s Quilt Contest

The theme for next week’s contest is Scrappy Triangles. Your quilt does not have to be made up of only triangles, but triangles should play a major role in the design. Get your cameras out!

To enter the weekly contest, read the rules and guidelines, then submit your quilt photo by Thursday evening (EST). Voting will start on Friday and last until Sunday night.

Weekly Quilt Contest Links

The Learning Center

The Learning Center

In The Learning Center this week, we wrap up the Studio Organization Series with a post from Pat Sloan on tips for thread storage and a few reader questions. We also invite you to share your “After” or “In Progress” studio organization photos. We have lots of great prizes to give-away.

For the month of March, the topic will be Quilting: Back to Basics. Pat kicks off the series with the first post on Quilting Terminology that is chock full of useful information.

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This post was published on March 2nd, 2012. Post topics: Quilt Gallery, Special Features. Post tags: .

6 Responses to “Vote Now: Quilted Pillows”

  1. Rachel says:

    I see a place to vote for one (America America) but don’t see it in the submissions. Do I need to go elsewhere to see it? Thanks for doing this…it is fun!

  2. Mishka says:

    Oh dear, looks like something went wrong. I found the photo and it is now showing. Thanks for letting me know Rachel and my apologies to Ashleigh for the error.


  3. Jennifer says:

    I vote for embroidered Christmas pillows by Gail. It’s lovely.

  4. Melissa says:

    Good thing you let us pick so many because there was no way I could have picked just one this week! Such amazing talent!

  5. OMG!!! SOOOOO many cute cute cute pillows!!! I love seeing them all in one place too!!! Thanks so much for sharing them everyone!.

  6. […] to everyone who entered last week’s Quilted Pillows contest. There were so many gorgeous pillows entered. Thanks also to our sponsor, Valerie from […]

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