If you’re following along, you grabbed the link to the great tutorial from Carol Doak.

And hopefully you made your 8 sheets and pieced them together.
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Now we make a quilt sandwich!!

First, layer your cotton on the bottom (I used muslin because this layer won’t show). Next is your batting layer. And finish with your quilt block/top.
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We’re going to start pinning it from the middle and then out towards the sides. Follow along to the pictures and see where my scissors are pointing to.
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Repeat that in all directions. Working from the middle out towards the edges.
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And thanks to modern day movie magic…bam, the whole thing is now pinned.
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The backing needs to be bigger when you quilt so it can be trued up into a square (or rectangle for quilts). That extra fabric will be cut off later, no worries!

Alrighty. I stitched in the ditch between the fishes and orange part, all the way around. After that, I stitched in the ditch all the way around the outer pink part where it meets the white kona pieces.

Then I outlined the star all the way around.
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All of this can be done on a regular ol’ sewing machine with a regular ol’ foot.

To make the back, I trued up my quilt block and it ended up being 12 by 12 inches. Sorry I didn’t get a picture of this step.

I cut a 12 by 12 orange chevron square out of a fat quarter and taa-dah, that’s my back!

Put right sides together and sew 1/4″ all the way around, leaving a 2 or 3 inch opening. Clip your corners and turn right sides out.
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Overstuff it with “fluff” (polyester filling for stuffed animals and what-not). The stuffing always settles, so give it just a little extra.
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And whipstitch or ladder/mattress stitch the pillow opening closed.
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Taa-dah!! You have a pretty little pillow. Perfect for practicing your paper piecing. 🙂

Feel free to coordinate the colors with your room, favorite cat, ratty ol’ college sweatshirt or whatever else you love!

I made it with extra fabric for the girls because I’m planning a big birthday surprise for missy next month with matching bedding. 🙂

Look at those cute little seahorses. Awwww.

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