Finished – Gemology and Bamboo Pillow

Two new finishes to share! I think these are my favorite type of posts since they seem to rarely happen.  I do hope that changes.  Anyhoo – First up is the Gemology pillow! This is a paper pieced pattern available on Craftsy.  It comes in two block sizes and I did the smaller block size four times using Boundless solids and Cotton + Steel fabrics. I found this block a lot of fun to paper piece and I think it is very beginner friendly.  It works well with solids and print fabrics.

Quilted Pillows - Bamboo and GemologyQuilted Pillows - Bamboo and Gemology

Quilted Pillows - Bamboo and GemologyQuilted Pillows - Bamboo and Gemology

I quilted this pillow on my domestic Pfaff Creative 2.0 and did a zipper enclosure. Also enjoying my new labels from Jennifer’s Jewels!

My second pillow finish is for a Tampa Modern Quilt Guild Challenge. We visited the USF Botanical Gardens in April and our challenge was to take a photo at the gardens and use that as inspiration for an original small quilt or pillow design.  My photo inspiration was this:


My original plan was to create the bamboo and quilt the carvings into the applique bamboo pieces. I got to the part where I was quilting the bamboo outlines and carvings and it didn’t look good AT ALL so I ripped it out and left the pillow as is.  I really liked how it came out! I machine appliqued the pieces using Aurifil monofiliment thread and a blind hem stitch that I learned from Karen Kay Buckley. The quilting is with Aurifil 50 wt. thread – a really light gray on my Pfaff Powerquilter.

Quilted Pillows - Bamboo and GemologyQuilted Pillows - Bamboo and Gemology

Quilted Pillows - Bamboo and GemologyCardigan Welsh Corgi

Quilted Pillows - Bamboo and Gemology

I also finished this with a zipper closure and used up the rest of my Timeless Treasures ‘How to Iron a Shirt’ fabric. 

Quilted Pillows - Bamboo and Gemology

Quilted Pillows - Bamboo and Gemology

Enjoying my pillow collection! All of the ugly pillows in my house are on notice.


  1. Ann McGee says:

    Hi Katie. I love the bamboo pillow. Will you be selling the pattern? #ihopeso!

  2. Sharon D says:

    Hi Katie, I really enjoy your podcasts and want to thank you for sharing so much with other quilters. Your pillows are beautiful- I love your fabric choices. Sharon

  3. I’m sure the ugly pillows are really scared right now seeing their beautiful competition 🙂 pillows are on my to-make list, never tackled one, and would love to learn how ro do that zipper closure.

  4. Great pillows! That “furry” one looks quite life like! LOL! There is nothing like new pillows to refresh a place. Looks great!

  5. Donna G. says:

    Great looking pillows (and an adorable pillow watch dog!) Your use of color is wonderful. Love the vibrant and cheerful look!

  6. Hi Katie love the podcast beautiful work you do. I’m new to quilting. Hope I get as good as you. Corgis are so cute and Cornwallis adorable. Stay strong.