Plethora of Pillows – Joy’s Pillow




Today’s Plethora of Pillows project is a quick, simple, and lovely pillow made by Joy Gross. She made the pillow at my request because we needed an image to accompany a revision of Sue Terpin’s Quilted Pillow Cover handout into a free downloadable pattern. 991560 Quilted Pillow Cover pattern provides instructions for making a quilted pillow cover with binding to use with the Hobbs Poly-Down Pillow 12″ x 16″ Insert.

Since Joy made the pillow, I offered to write the blog…

Joy chose the “Baroque Floral” fabric from her stash of CT fabrics because she loved the purple color in it and it would work well in her bedroom. The first step was to quilt the front fabric using what she calls “faux free motion” because she chose to simply outline the larger flowers with quilting – It looks great!

She found two tools very helpful. Since she has arthritis in her hands, she wanted to try the right-handed version of the Ergo Rotary Cutter. She found she was able to cut the fabric without discomfort, but noted that it is important to hold it correctly for good control. Once she figured out where to put her finger on top, it worked well.


The other tool, Clover’s Hot Hemmer, helped her fold and press the back edges accurately while pressing.


The Hobbs Poly-Down Pillow 12″ x 16″ Insert  fit inside the Quilted Pillow Cover just fine.

Joy was quite please with her finished pillow and is eager to put it on her bed in her new house.


Hope you all enjoy the 991560 Quilted Pillow Cover  pattern to use with the Hobbs Poly-Down Pillow 12″ x 16″ Insert. The combination provides an easy way to add color and style to your home or make a quick gift for others.

P.S. Just wanted to remind everyone about the even quicker and easier Pillow-to-Go Pillowcases pattern, which also fits the Hobbs Poly-Down Pillow 12″ x 16″ Insert. The pillow idea originated from a pillow Judy has used for years. Click here for a link to a CT staff blog to read more about the pillow’s origin and construction. I use mine in the car for head or back support on long trips – and love it!

Here is a photo of our Taiwanese foreign exchange student, Kevin, holding his good-bye present from me. It is a pillow made from the Pillow-to-Go Pillowcases pattern and using some Pacific Northwest-themed fabric from my stash. He texted me this morning to say good-bye again and tell me he would be using the pillow on his 15-hour flight back to Taiwan today. I hope the pillow will be a useful memento of the fun we had this summer with him!