Pillow Quilt – Throwback Thursday

I made this over 30 years ago, in my early years of attempted quilting and it has played many roles. I remember it being called a pillow quilt but if you look for it now, it is called a biscuit or puff quilt.

Pillow Quilt

I didn’t follow a pattern, I just started using leftovers fabrics and cut 4 1/2 x 9 inch rectangles, folded right sides together, stitched up the sides, turned right side out and stuffed as I went. There is a lot of calico’s and some denim. I used a zig-zag stitch to join them. I didn’t use a pattern, I just did what I thought would work based on what I saw in a picture. I also remember at one point being frustrated because it wasn’t as large as I wanted it to be and used up every bit of fabric I could find at the time.

The stuffing is matted into small piles and bits. Pillow Quilt Close up

The seams are starting to separate, especially around the edges.

Pillow Quilt Tears

Here is the back turned up. Pillow Quilt Back

Other than the red, it is very faded.

There is one ring still on the quilt, from the days when it served as a temporary curtain.

Pillow Quilt Rings

This quilt has gone camping with us, made 7 moves, kept the light out of the room, used as a picnic blanket, at the beach, for forts over tables, a tent on low branches, and out on our front porch on cool nights. It has been a super hero cape, princess dress, wrapped up sick kids on the couch and still comes out for play with the grandkids.

When not in use it sits folded up at the end of our guest bed, and this weekend it will go camping with us, as we’ll have a couple of little ones with us.

Pillow Quilt end of bed

It measures 62 x 82 so it is a really good size.

I suppose I should make another quilt for the bed, and I have, but before they are put in use they are given away. Doesn’t matter. The bed needs a quilt. I like the fact that it is old and aged and well-used and still has a purpose. It was made to be used and loved. It was one of my earlier quilts with lots of memories so to me it is a treasure.

Do you have any well-loved treasured quilts in your life?

Reminiscing on the journey, Jackie

If you want to make your own, here is a Missouri Star Video Tutorial and written instructions from QuiltingAbout.com on how to make a puff quilt, which I would say is what mine should have looked like but never did.

I first posted this here, but I just had one photo at the time, and I wanted to document more about this.