Feb 27

Cathedral Window Pillows

Candi at Raccoon Creek Quilts challenged us this month to try cathedral windows.  I have looked at these blocks many times, admiring them from a distance.  But, I never really had a reason to make one.  I’m not a pillow person, and anything I make guaranteed would be way cuter than the room I would put it in. But, this month, I had a reason.

A former neighbor and good friend passed away at the end of last month.  He was very young and left behind two grade school daughters.  They are lucky to still have a wonderful mother and step-dad to watch over them and care for them through this trying time.  So, when their mom approached me and asked me to make quilts from their dad’s T-shirts, I could not say no.

The quilts are almost done, and I love the thought that these quilts will be something that can wrap around them and keep them warm.  But, I also wanted something for them to wrap their arms around, and hug, and hold close.  I took this challenge, and with the scraps of his T-shirts, I was able to make these:



They are not perfect (please don’t look too close!), but they perfectly represent their dad.  The only part of this pillow that did not belong to him was the gray solid that frames the diamonds.

The red came from his Michael Jordan Jersey, with the help of shape-flex fusible interfacing, recommended by my friend Colleen.  All of the t-shirts were also fused with shape-flex fusible interfacing.

I tried to take pieces of shirts that I knew represented their dad.  There are every day shirts, basketball jerseys, work T-shirts, and softball jerseys.

And as soon as I saw this Harley Davidson shirt, I knew it had to be the backs of the pillows.  This was their dad’s classic style.

It was an honor being able to make these for these little girls to preserve the memory of their dad.  I still have yet to baste, quilt, and bind the quilts, but I am glad I was able to give them something to hold on to until then.



  1. ~ Julie ~ says:

    Wow! What a great idea to have the pillows to “hug” in addition to the quilts wrapping around them and “hugging” them! I can’t wait to see the quilts! This family definitely came to the right person to make these for them. You did a GREAT job!!! 🙂

  2. Kim McBirnie says:

    That’s a lovely thing to do, and so kind. What a moving post – you’ve made them something beautiful and tangible that they’ll be able to hold on to for a very long time. Well done you!

  3. Shanley says:

    That is fantastic!

  4. Colleen says:

    They will love them. What a great idea to give them something to hug, as well as the quilts to hug them.

  5. candi says:

    These are wonderful! What a great way to use the fathers shirts and make something so special for the children.

  6. GeeGee says:

    What a lovely thoughtful thing to do. I love the pillows and would like to make one. What size did you cut your squares for the pillows? Thanks and Happy Stitching!!