A quillow is a lap-sized quilt that folds up into its own pocket.

When our grandchildren were small, I made a quillow for each, with parental instructions that they were for dragging around & enjoying, not for heirloom keepsakes!

As the years passed, some of the quillows became tattered to the point that I was asked by some of the grandchildren to make a second one. But when I suggested they could then throw away the first one, the reaction was, “Oh, no!”

Here’s the fabric for the latest replacement. The recipient is twenty now, & a University student. But he wants a new quillow–his previous one “disappeared” when he was working away from home last summer. (Someone probably had the cleaning bug.)

Fabric for grandson's quillow


There is a pocket on the back into which the quilt is folded. Maybe the photo below will be helpful to understanding.

And here’s how it looks, folded into its pocket.  In retrospect, I should probably have chosen  a more contrasting fabric for the pocket.


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