quilted modern circle pillow

April 10, 2012 by Angie

This is the first sewing project I have completed in over three years.  I want to learn to quilt so while making this pillow I gathered the supplies, tools, and (some of the) techniques needed to get the basics down.   I figured it would be best to start small with a pillow before trying to conquer a queen-sized quilt.  I had never used a rotary cutter before.  It was a little frustrating at first and, yes, I did cut myself.  It was also my first time basting and trying to hand quilt.

I followed this pattern created by Alissa Haight Carlton who runs a great quilting blog.  Here are some photos of the piecing stage.

After the pillow top was sewn, it was time to layer the quilt pieces and baste them together.  I used the curved safety pin method.  I started to hand quilt it but I wasn’t getting the modern look I wanted by hand and gave up pretty quickly.  I plan to try hand quilting again in the future but I was anxious to get this finished.  I quilted the pillow top using the sewing machine and prefer that look for this project.

After the quilting, it was smooth sailing.  Just sewed the backing pieces on, cut off the excess stuff around the edges, turned it right side out, and stuffed the pillow form in there.  Voila!  It looks pretty awesome on our couch, if I do say so myself.



  1. danielle says:

    That’s great! You did such a good job. I’m learning to crochet. It’s not going well. But patience not in my vocabulary.

  2. kei says:

    Hah! This turned out really nice Angie! There were lots of pieces, so lots of opportunities for things to go wrong but, nope, it just looks great! And with a pillow stuffed inside the case the mod circle looks even rounder, pretty cool effect!

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