Switching To Cats… A Quilted Pillow That Is Also A Tablemat

OK, moving right along. Another Idea Sandwich completed.  At the speed I am going, I’ll have to make up more sandwiches.

This is the BEFORE photo. How the fabric looked when I showed it to you earlier this month.

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And now it is a Double Sided Pillow. Which can be used as a Double Sided Table Topper. One side one day. The other side the next.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I finished it four days ago. Have been staring at it.

Time to share it with you.

If I hadn’t of run out of the rust puzzle print fabric, this look never would have happened. I even went to JoAnn’s to see if I could find more. No, nope. Then spent about an hour searching the net. No luck. So as any creative crafter would do… I moved on to Plan B.

This black floral with the butterflies filled in. And mighty nicely, I’ll say.

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After deciding on it, that is when I was flooded with ideas.

Why not do a two sided pillow? And quilt both sides. Two separate quilt tops. AND how about making it versatile. Make it so it could be used as a table topper. So… with all of these ideas, I got started.

There’s a lot of FIRST’s in this project.

  • My 1st triangle blocks.
  • My 1st quilted pillow. (And a recycled pillow, at that!!)
  • My 1st quilted item with a zipper.
  • My 1st quilted item with multiple quilting designs. (stippling, boxes, triangles)

Anyhoo… let me tell you about it.

I worked on the front, then the back. I didn’t spend a lot of time taking measurements. I just sewed. Luckily when I finished, there was only an inch difference in the two quilt tops.

The front has a larger panel of cats in the center with log cabin type borders. Each border a different width.

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I quilted the faces with a square box about an inch from the seam. And stippled the rust and black borders. The last border, with the cat fabric, I quilted triangles. If you look close, you can see them.

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Making The Back.

The triangle blocks were fast to make. Draw a line down the center diagonally, sew 1/4 inch on both sides of the line. Cut in the center. And you have two blocks from the one. Then I had to press and trim them. I didn’t know what I was doing… obviously… since the cat faces point up, down and all around. LOL!! And only a few of the end points lined up correctly. LOTS of room for improvement.

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Quilting the back was easy. Squares for the cat faces. Stippling for the rest. To make the square lines, I used my square rulers and marker pencil. And sewed slowly. I think they came out great.

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OK, both tops are quilted. Now what? I had to think about how to put them together.

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Remembering what I did to make pillowcases, I made French seams. Adding the zipper was a bit of a challenge, since I did it a**backwards. (It’s been a LONG time since I sewed in a zipper.)

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It took longer than necessary. And the zipper could have been about an inch longer. But as Tim Gunn from Project Runway would say, “Make It Work!!” And I did.


Want to see the finished pillow?

OK, let’s go…. And you get to see it also as a table mat.

THE FRONT

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THE BACK

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REVERSIBLE TABLE MAT

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Well, there you have it.

Another original idea/creation from This Year’s Dozen.

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You know the drill. What you can or can’t do.. But I would be honored if you wanted to try making this for yourself. Just link back to my post. Thanks for sticking around to the end of this long post. 😀

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4 comments on “Switching To Cats… A Quilted Pillow That Is Also A Tablemat

  1. Well aren’t you the clever one!! You have got to be the busiest person on the web. You have great ideas and I thank you for sharing them.

    Have a great day with calm weather.
    xx, Carol

  2. Maria Teresa D. Valente says:

    Boa noite Donna, muito lindo este projeto, parabéns pelo seu bom gosto e obrigada por compartilhar, abraços carinhosos, Maria Teresa

  3. Belinda says:

    Donna, you are amazing!! 🙂

  4. JudyP says:

    Love, love, the kitties!! I’m pretty partial to my own puss, Queen Cleopatra, solid black with golden eyes. She rules the roost!! LOL These are very cute Donna!

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