Quilting for Beginners: How to Make a GO! Owl Pillow

Jul 24, 2015 2:49:12 PM / by AccuQuilt

Hi everyone, my name is Connie Kresin Campbell, from the blog Freemotion by the River and I am back again as a guest blogger on the AccuQuilt blog. I have this cute little pillow to share with you.

Today my tutorial is another one that uses not one but three different AccuQuilt dies. I’ll be using the GO! OwlGO! Ohio Star 12" finished and the GO! Strip Cutter 2 1/2″ die.

Materials needed:

Cream for the center blocks

Assorted colorful scraps

2/3 yard of green batik for the border and backing

• small amount of fusible for the appliqué

17 inch square of muslin


16 inch square pillow form

I used my GO! BIG Electric Fabric cutter.

Cut 4 - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares using the 4 1/2" square that is part of the GO! Ohio Star 12" Finished die.

I have a habit of marking my dies with the amount of fabric I want to cut for each section on the die.

Sew all seams with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Sew the 4 squares together.

Island Batik had sent me a sampling of batiks that I thought would look neat in a pillow.




I used my GO! Strip Cutter 2 1/2" die to trim the pieces to 2 1/2 inch strips.

Next I rotated the strips lining them up with the 90 degree mark and cut them into 2 1/2" squares.




The cream center blocks measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2".

Sew 4 of the 2 1/2" squares together for each side and 6 together for the top and bottom.

Sew the sections to the center blocks.




Last month when we were on vacation I picked up the cute little Go! Owl die in Minnesota and this is the first time I have had a chance to use it.

Here is my owl ready for applique. I used Heat & Bond Lite for my fusible and did my applique with a free-motion stitch.  The piece measures 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".




I decided to add a border so I used the strip cutter die again.

You will use: 2 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips and 2 - 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" strips for the border.




Layer your pillow top, batting and a piece of muslin.

Quilt as desired.

When I make a pillow my hope is that it will be used and used and washed over and over. I always add muslin so the batting is enclosed on the inside of the pillow.

•Make the envelope back of the pillow. Measure two pieces of the green batik 17" x 12".

 Fold 1/4" down on the 17" side, then fold another 1" and top-stitch for a finished seam.

Do this once on both pieces.

Overlap the finished seam pieces and place right side together with the front pillow piece.

with a 1/4" seam allowance all around the pillow.

Turn the pillow right side out and press.

Top-stitch around the edge of the pillow if desired.





I have a feeling I'll be making another pillow just like this but in a different color as I have two granddaughters who think owls are the cutest.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I really enjoy using the AccuQuilt dies and cutters. Stop by my blog to see more AccuQuilt projects and other quilting tutorials.


Topics: freemotion by the river, GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter, Tutorials


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