My 4th of not July quilt

Scrappy Summer Pattern in Red, White, and Blue

Red, white, and blue is my favorite color combo because you can use it all year long and it always works!   

My stars 4th of July quilt was is starting to look ragged after 7 years, so I started this quilt as a large throw size and keep on our couch.  After the 4th of July came (and went) before I finished it, I changed my mind and decided to make this a little larger than a crib size and donate it. 

Scrappy Summer Pattern in Red, White, and Blue

I backed this one with a double sided minky and left out the batting.  I have two other quilts I’ve done this with and they’ve held up really well to years of use and washing.  It’s nice and light, but the downside is the blue backing slightly shows through the white fabric on the front…probably not enough anyone would notice, but the white does have a slightly blue hue.

I did a post years ago about how prepare and quilt a quilt using this backing you can read here.   Also for those who asked, I don’t pre-wash my minky before quilting with it! 

Scrappy Summer Pattern in Red, White, and Blue

I used the Scrappy Summer pattern to make the top, but with only two colors like this you can also just alternate four patches and squares.  If you have the pattern, I made a size in between the crib and the throw,  using 42 blocks.   There is also a less detailed tutorial for the blocks you can find here

Scrappy Summer Pattern in Red White and Blue

 You guys I DROPPED my nice camera yesterday.  Onto the hard tile floor…smashing the lens completely.  Boo.  Luckily after I removed most of the broken glass it can still take pictures…I just can’t ever take the lens off.  So if you see tiny blurry bits in my photos from now on you’ll know it’s shards of glass…no big deal LOL.  

Have a great weekend!  






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All the Florals Plus Quilt

All the Florals Plus Quilt, Simple Addition Pattern Cluck Cluck Sew

Since this quilt lives at Grandma’s house…Jane and I took photos in her beautiful garden on the most beautiful day!  

All the Florals Plus Quilt, Simple Addition Pattern Cluck Cluck Sew

 My Mom made this with strips cut from her floral fabrics, and used the pattern Simple Addition to put them all together.  

I blogged about this quilt top back here (click here).  Kathy quilted this in a beautiful loopy pattern with a bright blue, soft minky on the back.

 This quilt lives in the living room, so a soft backing is a must! 

All the Florals Plus Quilt, Simple Addition Pattern Cluck Cluck Sew

All the Florals Plus Quilt, Simple Addition Pattern Cluck Cluck Sew

All the Florals Plus Quilt, Simple Addition Pattern Cluck Cluck Sew

Look at that soft crinkly goodness!!

All the Florals Plus Quilt, Simple Addition Pattern Cluck Cluck Sew

Everything takes 400 times longer with a one year old around.  You can tell she’s at Grandma’s house…she’s got a cookie in one hand!  

Jane’s not so sure about the chickens.  She learned the hard way they like to peck little fingers.

TODAY marks 10 years since I started this blog!!!!!  I laughed reading back at my first post (click here) …and look…I did manage to keep this blog updated!  😉 

Cluck Cluck Sew 10 year anniversary

(posts for all of these quilts can be found here)

Ten years later and I still really love blogging and quilting…who would have thought?!  

Thank you for reading this blog, supporting me, cheering me on, and being my friends for the past ten years! 


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How to Make a Quilt into a Quillow

Making a Quilt into a Quillow

  During a family reunion when I was growing up, my Grandma let us grandchildren take turns choosing a quilt to keep.  On the back of each quilt a pillow case was sewn to the bottom, and the quilt could be folded up into the pillow case to make a pillow!  

A quilt + a pillow = a quillow! 

I’ve had a weird fascination with quillows ever since.  I even included a pattern for a quillow in my book! I’ve been meaning to write this tutorial for years, and hopefully you will find it helpful if you ever find yourself wanting to turn a quilt into a quillow! 

Lucky Quilt and pattern

For this tutorial I’m making my Lucky quilt into a quillow, and since my quilt is done, all I have to do is add a pillow cover/pocket to the back of the quilt.   


First, figure out how large your pillow cover material needs to be: 

  1.  Divide the width of the quilt by 3 = the width of your finished pillow cover.
  2.  Divide the height of the quilt by 4 = the height of your finished pillow cover.
  3. Add one inch to both measurements to account for the seam allowance (I use 1/2″ seam allowance).  

For example, my Lucky quilt is 60″ x 73″.  60″ divided by 3 is 20.  73″ divided by 4 is 18 1/4″.  So I my finished pillow cover needs to be 20″ wide, by 18 1/4″ high.  Add an inch to both of those numbers and that is how large I will cut my pieces of fabric for the pillow, 21″ x 19 1/4″. 

After you know the size to cut your pillow cover fabric, cut a pillow front, a pillow back, and a piece of batting (optional) to that size.  I used the same fabric as my backing so my pillow cover would blend in on the back of the quilt.  Normally I would have the same fabric for the front and the back of the pillow cover, but for the sake of this tutorial I used a teal fabric. 

Layer the batting on the bottom, then the pillow back and front fabrics on top of the batting, right sides together.  Pin around the edges.   Sew along the edges with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a hole at the top (along a wide edge or the top of your pocket) for turning.  

Trim the excess from the corners and turn the pillow cover right side out.  Press the edges well.  Pin the hole closed, you will sew it shut in the next step, or when you sew the pillow to the quilt. 

Topstitch along the top (wide) edge of the pillow cover, 1/8″ or so from the edge.  If your hole from turning is at the top as mine was, sew the hole shut as you sew. 

Quilt the pillow cover as desired.   Sometimes I don’t bother quilting it, but if you have the forethought to quilt the cover in the same pattern as the quilt, it will look amazing! 

Place the pillow cover on the bottom back of the quilt, centered in the middle and up away from the binding as shown.  Pin the edges to the quilt.  Sew the sides and the bottom wide edge to the quilt, but do not sew the top!    Keep in mind that the pillow cover fabric facing up will NOT show once the quilt is folded into a quillow.  The fabric facing the quilt back, will show.    Yes…you will see the straight lines of sewing on the quilt front, but usually it blends into the quilting pretty well if you use the same color of thread. 

**Just a note that if you wish to add a handle to your quillow, do it before you sew the pillow to the quilt.  Make a handle with finished bottom edges (they may show when it’s unfolded), and lay it out like shown below and pin to the bottom edge.  Place the cover down onto the handle edges, and when you sew the bottom of the pillow cover to the quilt make sure you sew the handles as well. There is a more detailed pattern with handles sewn into the pillow cover in my book.**

Here is an illustration showing the pillow placement if it’s easier for you to understand than my pictures:

Once the pillow cover is sewn on you are done!  Now to fold your quilt into a quillow!  

The first time you will think I’m crazy….but it becomes much easier.  I even taught my 7 year old how to do it for the sake of these pictures.  

How to Make a Quilt into a Quillow

Lay the quilt right side up, with the pillow cover at the bottom.  Fold one of the long sides of the quilt to the center, just until you see the edge of the pillow cover at the fold.  Repeat with the other side.  Fold the quilt down from the top to the bottom four times, the last fold will be resting on top of the pillow pocket.  This next part takes some practice, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it.  I like to flip the folded quilt over on my lap so the pocket is facing me, and turn the pocket inside out, smooshing the quilt into the pocket as you turn it inside out over the quilt.  It sounds trickier than it is, and your 7 year old will need help with the last part. 

Once it’s all folded in there and smoothed out a bit, you’re done!  

This definitely isn’t a full pillow you would want to sleep on unless you were in a pinch, it’s more like a flat cushion.  My Grandma made quilts with the fluffy polyester batting…and those quilts turned into very fluffy quillows!    My picnic quilt in my car is a quillow, and a few of my kids quilts are quillows and I love that I can fold them up and store them easily.  It makes a great gift too…tuck a book inside the pocket and they will love unfolding their new quilt!  

I have crazy love for quillows.  Actually I think I just enjoy saying “quillow” over and over.  

Happy quillow making! 

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