A Mandolin Pillow



Have you seen all of the gorgeous Mandolin Quilts popping up on Instagram? Everyone has their own personal taste and fabric stash, so there are so many wonderful variations of this block. 



I received my Mandolin Quilt block kit from Tales of Cloth and made the first block with some pretty floral fabrics. I decided to use my block to make a pillow. One day I'd like to make a whole quilt.

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After removing the papers, I appliqu├ęd the block to a black and white fat quarter. I love the colour pop against the dark background. I added a thin layer of batting to the back of the FQ and then did a little bit of hand quilting.





I sewed the pillow with an envelope style back and then decided that it needed something more. It didn't feel quite finished. I was going to sew on some bright stripe binding but at the last minute, decided to crochet an edge instead. I'm pleased with the result and very happy that I went in the crochet direction. 



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I didn't have any 4ply cotton yarn to crochet the edge, so I used some 8 ply with a 3mm hook. I varied the design a little to accommodate the heavier yarn but still get a wavy edge.


I top-stitched around the edge of the pillow and then did a blanket stitch all the way around - approximately 1/4" apart. I did a row of SC all the way around and then did a SC, skip 2, 3 DC, skip 2, SC etc...





Crocheted edges remind me of my grandmother and my mother. They used to crochet the edges of all their tea-towels - I still one have that is in regular circulation which is probably close to 15 or 20 years old. 







10 comments

  1. This is wonderful! Thanks for showing how you started with the blanket stitch, I was wondering.

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    1. It's my pleasure. Glad it was of help :)

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  2. Your pillow is beautiful--I love everything about it!

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm pleased with how it turned out.

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  3. Hi Anorina ,i love your cushion,colours are fantastic,well done xx

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    1. Thank you Shez. I love how it turned out. Now the trick to is to make sure nobody in the house sits on yet and smooshes it out of shape.

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  4. This is awesome!! I'm a-loving it!!!

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  5. Your Mandolin pillow turned out so lovely.. and I love the crocheted edge on it too :D Kathi

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    1. Thank you Kathi for your lovely comment. I'm pleased that the crochet edge turned out well. It had been a while since I'd done one so was a little out of practice :)

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