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Quilted Pelargonium Pillow

This eye-catching quilted pillow is easy to put together. It features the design Pelargonium for the large (5" x 7") hoop and commercial-size hoop.

The finished size of the cushion is about 18" x 18" .

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 1

We used 1 fat quarter of white and 1 yard of black cotton fabrics. The black fabric was used for the top, the backing, the binding and the rear panel of the pillow. You will also need batting and stuffing or a cushion form.

For embroidery, you will need light-weight cut-away stabilizer and embroidery threads.


For the front of the pillow, out of white fabric, cut one square measuring 9 1/2" x 9 1/2", four squares measuring 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", four squares measuring 2" x 2" and eight strips measuring 2" x 3 1/2".

Out of black fabric, cut 2 strips measuring 2" and the length of the width of the fabric and subcut it into strips of the the following sizes:

  • eight 2" x 2";
  • eight 2" x 5",
  • twenty 2 " x 3 1/2".

Assembly of the Front Panel

Press seams immediately after you sew them.

Take the white 3 1/2" squares and 2" x 3 1/2" black strips. Sew the strips to the upper edges of the squares. You will have four such pieces

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 2

Take eight 2" x 3 1/2" white strips and eight 2" x 3 1/2" black strips and sew them into eight pairs.

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 3

Take four of these black and white pieces and lay them out with the black strip on the right. Lay the other four with the black strip on the left. Take the remaining eight 2" x 3 1/2" black strips and sew them to the bottom of each piece.

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 4

Now sew these pieces to the left and right edges of the white square with the black strip from step 1. You need four such blocks total.

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 5

Sew 2 of the blocks to the left and right edges of the 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" white square, the white squares of the blocks turned to the white block.

Set this central part and the two remaining blocks aside for the time being.

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 6

For the corner blocks, start with the 2" x 2" black and white squares. Sew two black squares to each side of a white square.

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 7

Sew the 2" x 5" black strips to the upper and lower edges of these strips. You'll have 4 corner blocks.

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 8

Sew the corner blocks to the left and right edges of the blocks you made earlier.

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 9

Sew these to the upper and lower edges of the central part. The white squares of the blocks should be turned to the white square of the central part.

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 10


Using paper templates, determine the position of the embroidery on the top. Stabilize the fabric and embroider the designs one by one.

Cut away the excess stabilizer.

If you use crafter's felt or low-loft polyester batting (which is very similar to felt), you can spread the top on the felt/batting and make the embroidery without a stabilizer. Felt will work as a stabilizer in this case.

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 11


Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it. If you embroidered on felt, you do not need the batting.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins. We quilted around the embroidery and all over the top in a free-motion style. Remove the pins while quilting.

Press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

The Back Panel:

Out of black fabric, cut 2 pieces measuring 18" x 18". Out of batting, cut a piece measuring 19" x 19". Make a sandwich and quilt.

Press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

The back panel should be of the same size as the front panel.

Assembly and Finishing of the Pillow.

Align the back and the front of the pillow with the wrong sides towards each other. Align the edges and pin them together.

Topstitch along the edges with seam allowance 1/4". If you are using stuffing, leave about 10" unstitched on any side. If you are using a form, leave about 14" unstitched.

Insert stuffing or cushion form through the opening. Stitch the opening closed.

Finish the raw edges with black binding.

Quilted Pelargonium Pillow image 12


Happy Stitching!

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