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17” x 17” Garden Pillow. Designed and made by Stuart Hillard

Whip up this lovely floral accent pillow in next to no time using the Accuquilt Go! Baby and dies... better cuts make better quilts!

  • Sewing and Needlework
  • 2-3 hours
  • Intermediate

You Will Need:

  • AccuQuilt GO Baby Fabric Cutter Starter Set
  • Hemline Fusible Webbing
  • Quilt-Light Polyester Batting
  • 18 Inch Cushion Pad
  • AccuQuilt GO Owl
  • AccuQuilt GO Strip Cutter


  1. Iron fusible web to the wrong side of your appliqué scraps following the manufacturer’s instructions. I like to cover the ironing board with baking parchment...I also cover the fabrics in the same way to prevent getting glue on the iron soleplate.

  2. When the fabrics have cooled use your flower die to cut 2 flowers. Use the tumbler die to cut one flower pot. Use the large circle on the owl die to cut two flower centres and use the “wings” to cut four leaves. Peel the paper backing away.

  3. Arrange the appliqué elements onto the 9 ½” x 9 ½” white background square using the photograph as a guide. Fuse the appliqués in place.

  4. To make the frame, use the widest angled corner from the Never Ending Frames Die Set, and cut five corners and five borders. Join together to create a pentagon and stick to the front of the card.

  5. Use your 2 ½” strip die to cut two 2 ½” x 42” strips of aqua fabric for the outer border and cut one 2 ½” x 42” strip of coral floral print for the inner border. Also cut one 2 ½” strip of green polka dot and then cross cut into 4 x 2 ½” squares using the 90 degree angle line.

  6. Trim the coral floral strip into 4 x 9 ½” lengths. Sew one of the strips to two opposing sides of the appliqué centre using a ¼” seam allowance. Press seams towards the strips. Sew a 2 ½” green polka dot square to either end of two of the strips and press seam allowances towards the strips. Finally sew the strips with the added corners squares to the last two sides of the appliqué centre. Press seams towards the strips each time.

  7. Trim the aqua strips to the following lengths... 2 strips @ 2 ½” x 13 ½” and 2 strips @ 2 ½” x 17 ½”... sew the shorter strips to the top and bottom of the panel. Press seams towards the aqua strips. Sew the longer strips to the sides and again press seams towards the aqua strips.

  8. Layer your cushion front with the 20” square of quilt batting and pin together. Quilt your panel...I used cream thread to sew 1/8” inside each of the appliqué shapes and around the appliqué panels and each of the borders. When you have finished quilting trim the panel to 17 ½” square.

  9. Cut a panel for the cushion back 17 ½” x 17 ½”...lay the panel on top of the cushion front, right sides together and sew around all four sides but leave an 8” gap on one side for turning. Clip the corners to reduce bulk. Turn to the right side and press carefully.

  10. Insert your cushion pad through the opening.

  11. Hand sew the opening up using an invisible stitch and matching thread.