Garden Gate Pillow

Created By:

Maureen Cracknell

Skill Level: Intermediate

Maureen Cracknell, of Maureen Cracknell Handmade, has created this adorable lattice work pillow for Janome! In her tutorial, she shows how to make the "Garden Gate: pillow and patchwork design. The vibrant prints make you feel like you're walking into a beautiful garden!

Janome Supplies Required
  • Janome sewing machine (Maureen uses the Horizon Memory Craft 12000)
  • 1/4" foot O for peicing
Fabric and Notions Required

Fabric and Notions Required:

  • 6  - 6" squares of dark fabrics of your choosing (I'm using Blythe fabric by Rebecca Bischoff for Robert Kaufman)
  • 24 - 3.25" squares of light fabrics of your choosing (I'm using these Blythe prints)
  • 2 - pieces of fabric measure 3" x 20.5"  
  • 2 - pieces of fabric for the backing measuring 14" x 20.5"each
  • 1 - piece of batting measuring a 22" square
  • 1 - 20" pillow insert
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Rotary Cutter/Mat/Ruler


Cutting and Piecing the Fabrics : :

For this pillow I made lots of Flying Geese using my favorite method that yields four flying geese quickly! Each block begins with a 6" square of dark fabric, cutting one of these to yield four flying geese units. For the light fabric cut 3.25" squares, you'll need to cut four of these to yield four flying geese units.

1. Lay two of the light fabric squares onto the larger dark square with right sides facing. The light squares will overlap slightly in the middle. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the two light fabric squares. Pin in place.

2. Sew 1/4" away from the marked line, through all the layers, on both sides of the marked line.

3. Cut on the marked line to make two units.

4. Press open with the seam allowance pressed in the same direction for both.

5. Working with one unit at a time, lay one of the remaining light fabric squares onto one unit.

6. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light fabric square again and sew 1/4" away from the marked line on both sides of marked line.


7. Cut on marked line.

8. Press open and you'll have two finished Flying Geese. Repeat with the other unit and you'll have four Flying Geese. Repeat with the remaining 6" dark fabrics and 3.25" light fabrics until you have a total of 24 Flying Geese.

9. Layout your pattern and begin by sewing two flying geese together at a time using a scant .25" seam allowance to create the diamond pattern. Trim each diamond block to measure a 5.25" square.

10. Using a 1/8" to a very scant 1/4" seam, sew together four diamond blocks to create a panel.

11. Repeat for a total of three panels of four diamond blocks each.

12. Connect the three panels together using the two 3" x 20.5" fabric strips.

13. Baste the pieced pillow top to the batting using basting spray or pins.

14. Add the quilting stitches in a style of your choosing. Trim away excess batting to square up.

15. Prepare the backing fabrics with a double seam or bound edge and finish the pillow with an envelope style closure. Insert the pillow form and viola!! Your pretty patchwork pillow is finished!

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I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
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