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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15 Responses to “Echino Missouri Pillow”

  1. love it!! Nice to have things around that bring up good memories!! By the way, were do you get your labels? They look fantastic!!

  2. So cool!!! I love how you did the patchwork. Thanks for the easy applique tips too! I must try this!

  3. That’s so cute, I love it! The cars are the bee’s knees!

  4. I love those tags! And the pillow, of course.

  5. Amazing what you can learn , Nice pillow. I save old bed pillows and after a good wash they make great stuffing for my grand daughter’s small pillows that she has been making with me for her family and friends for 3 years, (she’s 9 now) so I will teach her the freezwer paper method next. Thanks for the Method instructions.

  6. That turned out awesome!

  7. See that third purple dot from the left? That’s where I live, Jefferson City!

    I love your Show-me pillow!

  8. I alway love hand applique and hand quilting.

  9. I love your pillow and the fabric is beautiful. Also loving your little label. Where do you have them made up?

  10. I grew up in MO so of course your design caught my eye. I love it! I was raised outside KC in Plattsburg and as a teen moved to Lake of the Ozarks region near Camdenton. Now I live in East TN a lot like lake only bigger mountains!
    Great idea for RV

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