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July 16th, 2013

Echino Missouri Pillow

by Julie Hirt

I’m originally from Missouri and wanted to make a pillow with the shape of the state.  Luckily it has a cool shape and isn’t just a square like Colorado or Wyoming.


I’ve had my Echino by Etsuko Furuya linen for a while and haven’t really used it.  Since it has a patchwork look (and I combined two different prints) I thought it would work well.


This pillow had 2 ‘firsts’ for me. Applique using the Freezer Paper Method* and hand quilting.   This was a small quilting job and I didn’t hate either process.  Who knows, maybe I’ll try it again.

I made a zipper back because the envelope backs don’t hold up very well around here.

The front blue fabric is Kaufman Quilters Linen and the back is a Moda Bella solid. I did add a strip of a 3rd Echino fabric. Love those blue cars!


For the machine quilting on the back I used Aurifil Mako 2813, it’s a variegated thread that matches the front fabrics perfectly.


I printed a shape of Missouri off Google image search.   This is the first time I’ve appliqued like this and I really like how the Missouri shape kind of pops out of the fabric.  It would be fun to do a pillow for a kid’s room using the letters in their name.


These are great for all sewing projects and quilts.  I purchased them at Ikaprint on Etsy.
Use coupon code 627HANDWORKS for 5% off your order.  They are made in France and shipping is really fast!

Freezer Paper Applique Method

  • Trace your shape onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper
  • Cut the shape out of the paper (not the fabric)
  • Iron the freezer paper onto the right side of the fabric
  • Trim your fabric around the shape leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance
  • Peel off the freezer paper
  • Place the freezer paper non-waxy side down onto the back side of your fabric
  • Fold the seam allowance over to the waxy side of the freezer paper
  • Iron down the fabric seams onto the waxy side of the paper  (At this point your shape should have smooth fabric edges with the raw cut edges ironed under)
  • Heavily pin your applique shape onto your main fabric
  • Blind stitch all the way around and remove pins
  • Turn your fabric over and cut a slit in middle of where your applique piece is, careful not to cut the applique shape
  • Trim out the fabric of the main area out leaving a 1/2″ around your stitches and pull out the freezer paper


Thrifty Pillow Tip

Use old sheets or store bought sheets for the interior lining.  Only you will see it!  I also save scrap batting from quilt projects to use for pillows and smaller projects.  The lining on this pillow is part of a sheet set I purchased at Target on clearance.  A lot cheaper than fabric or muslin and it’s fun when you unzip it.



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