A Christmas Gift

A few months ago, after my father-in-law died, my mother-in-law requested I make some quilted throw pillows for her bed.  This gave me the perfect opportunity to goof around with some small-scale quilt ideas that had been buzzing around my head for a while, and I finished in time to send them to her for Christmas.

The first one is a woven quilt:

And the second one, a miniature apple core quilt:

I think the apple core is my absolute favorite.  I just love it!

For the woven quilt, I made tubes of fabric, pressed them flat, then wove them together.  It was very simple and easy – until I stitched it into a pillow.  Ha.  Sewing through that many layers of fabric required moving up to a size 18 needle!  And let me tell you, that pillow cover is HEAVY.

The apple core quilt was a great project to work on while watching football with my husband.  I starched the seam allowances, glue-basted them as applique shapes, then top-stitched.  A very easy and forgiving process.  And much easier to sew through!

I added zippers to make them washable.

I love how they turned out, and am happy to report that my mother-in-law loves them too!



4 thoughts on “A Christmas Gift

  1. With the Apple Core design, did you mean you appliqued them or stitched them together? I would like to buy a templete, but want to know how they go together first. Thanks, Jeanne P.S. They both are pretty. The woven pillow was a brilliant idea!

  2. On the woven pillow, did you just iron the sides of the strips down or did you sew it shut and then iron flat? Silly question but it’s hard to tell for sure in the picture.

    • Hi Katy,
      It’s not a silly question at all! I pressed the seam allowances under. I eyeballed the seam allowance and used my fingers, but you could make it easier on yourself if you used a bias tape maker.

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