Quilted Sawtooth Flower Pillows

Created By:

Maureen Cracknell 

Skill Level: Advanced

Inspired by my new floral fabric collection The Flower Fields, made using Janome's amazing Continental M17, today's tutorial is for these beautiful and fun Quilted Sawtooth Flower Pillows! The center of this pillow design is a standard 12.5 (unfinished) flower quilt block pattern that can be made over and over to make a quilt, that I finished into a 16" cozy cushion made easy using the CM17's large sewing area, built-in stitches, and incredible speed! Let's get started!

Janome Supplies Required

Janome Sewing Machine (Continental M17 Sewing and Embroidery Machine)

Fabric and Notions Required
  • Four Fat Quarters for pillow front (prints from The Flower Fields by Maureen Cracknell for AGF)
  • One Half Yard for pillow back (a print from The Flower Fields by Maureen Cracknell for AGF)
  • batting (Hobbs Tuscany Supreme 100% Unbleached Cotton) 
  • 16" pillow insert or pillow you'd like to cover (Hobbs Pillow Pals)
  • neutral thread (Aurifil 50wt 2021)
  • basting spray or basting pins
  • scissors or rotary cutter/mat
  • iron

Pillow Fabrics

Cutting and Piecing the Pillow Front:

For the pillow front I cut from four fat quarters of quilting cottons.  
  • From Fabric A cut 8 - 1 3/4" square, 4 - 2.5" squares, 4 - 2" x 3.5" pieces, 4 - 2" x 5" pieces, 2 - 2.5" x 12.5" and 2 - 2.5" x 16.5" 
  • From Fabric B cut 1 - 4.5" square and 8 - 3.5" squares 
  • From Fabric C cut 8 - 2" squares 
  • From Fabric D cut 1 - 3.5" square

Sawtooth Flower Pillow Fabrics

Fabric Cuts

First you'll piece together the four quick corner units. Mark or fold to create a diagonal line on the wrong side of the eight Fabric C 2" squares.

Mark Fabric Squares

Noting the orientation of that marked line, place one of the marked 2" squares right sides together on a corner of one of the Fabric B 3.5" squares. Sew on the line and then press.

Quick Corner Units 1

Trim away the corner 1/4" past the stitch line. Press the corner open. Again note the orientation of the marked line and repeat these steps on the other corner. Place another Fabric C 2" marked square right sides together on the corner, stitch on the marked line, and then press to flatten.

Quick Corner Units 2

Trim 1/4" past the stitch line and press the corner open to complete the quick corner unit. If necessary trim to square up the quick corner unit to measure a 3.5" square. Repeat these steps to create all four quick corner units.

Quick Corner Units 3

Next you'll make the four flying geese units using the no-waste make four at a time method. Mark or fold to create a diagonal line on the wrong side of the four Fabric A 2.5" squares that will be the geese backgrounds. Place a marked square right sides together on the corner of the Fabric B 4.5" square. Place a second marked 2.5" square right side down on the opposite corner, overlapping the squares in the center. Sew a 1/4" seam on each side of the marked line. Press to flatten.

Flying Geese Units 1

Cut on the marked line to seperate into two, open and press to make two flying geese units. Again note the orientation of the marked line and place a marked 2.5" square right sides together on the unit as shown.

Flying Geese Units 2

Sew a 1/4" seam allowance on each side of the marked line again. Press to flatten and then cut apart on the line to make two complete flying geese units, open and press.

Flying Geese Units 3

Repeat these steps with the remaining unit to create a total of four complete flying geese units. Trim units to measure 2" x 3.5" rectangles.

Flying Geese

Next you'll make the four corner units. Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of the eight Fabric A 1-3/4" small squares. Noting the orientation of the marked line place one of the marked 1-3/4" squares right sides together on a corner of one of the remaining Fabric B 3.5" squares. Sew on the line. Place a second marked 1-3/4" square right side down on the opposite corner sew a 1/4" seam the marked line.

Corner Units 1

Press to flatten, then trim the corners leaving 1/4, and press the seams open.

Corner Units 2

If necessary trim to square up the corner unit to measure a 3.5" square. Repeat these steps to create all four corner units.

Four Corner Units

Now that all the pieced units are made it's time to assemble the Sawtooth Flower Block.

Sawtooth Flower Ready to Assemble

Assembling the Pillow Front:

Begin by sewing together the units to create rows reffering to the Block Assembly Diagram below, noting the placement and orientation of each unit.

Sawtooth-Flower-Block (1)

Next join the rows to make a block.

Sawtooth-Flower-Block (2)

Use the cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter to trim block to a 12.5" square.

Finished Sawtooth Flower Block 1

Add 2.5" borders of Fabric A beginning with the side pieces measuring 2.5" x 12.5" and then add the top and bottom borders of Fabric A measuring 2.5" x 16.5" to complete the pillow top.

Sawtooth-Flower-Block (3)

Use pins or spray to baste the pillow top to a piece of batting measuring at least an 18" square.

Baste to Batting

Quilt using the built-in serpentine (wavy) quilting stitch on your Janome set at a stitch width of 9.0 and stitch length of 4.0. Adding the wavy quilting vertically every inch to completely quilt the pillow top.


Serpentine Stitch

Once quilting is complete trim away access fabric and batting to a 16" square for a 16" pillow insert.

Quilted Pillow Top with Wavy Quilt Stitch

Quilting Pillow Back Pieces:

Cut from the half yard of fabric for the pillow back one piece measuring 16.5" x 22" and two pieces 2.5" x 16" to bind the backing pieces inner edges. Just as you did for the pillow front, baste the backing piece of fabric onto a piece of batting measuring at least 18" x 24" batting and quilt the same as you did for the pillow front.Trim to two pieces measuring 11" x 16" and binding one edge of each of those pieces.

Quilted Backing Pieces

Sew Together Pillow Pieces:

Lay the quilted pillow front right side up on a flat surface, then layer the top quilted pillow backing piece with the right side facing the pillow front onto the pillow front, then the bottom backing piece. Pin or clip all three layers together. Sew using a 1/4 inch seam all the way around the pillow attaching all three layers to create the pillow cover, removing pins or clips as you go.For nice pointed pillow corners I then sew a small diagonal stitch on the outside of each corner and clip away each of the four corners as shown below.



Turn the pillow cover right side out and press to make it nice and smooth before adding the pillow insert.Carefully stuff the pillow insert inside the pillow cover making sure to work the corners of the insert into the corners of the pillow cover. Now you're ready to admire and enjoy your Quilted Sawtooth Flower Pillow!

Quilted Sawtooth Flower Pillows-5

Quilted Sawtooth Flower Pillows-1

Care and Maintenance:

Remove insert and machine wash cover in cold water; gentle cycle. Lay flat to airdry or tumble dry on the lowest heat setting; remove promptly. Use a warm iron as needed to smooth out any wrinkles before reinserted the pillow insert.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
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