DrEAMi In June

It’s been a few months since I played along with the DrEaMi-ErS? Anywho, here I am today with a DrEaMi to share.

I am part of a FB group that does a BOM and mini challenge each month. Sometimes I do the mini, sometimes not. This month I was all over the mini, making 4 blocks with sashing and borders. But that’s not my DrEaMi, that’s my Squirrel!! For my DrEaMi I decided I need to do a different version, replacing some of the fabrics in the star center. Obvious finish for the lone block was a pillow! And now I have the perfect place to lay my head and dream of my Patriot’s DrEaMi. Corny, I know.

I started with this block:

Added a backing and batting:

Made a back with a zipper for easy removal:

Put all the pieces together after quilting  and voilà, a pillow!

Pre-wash/dry, so it’s a mite loose for the pillow form

I think they chintzed on the size of that pillow form. My cover measured 17.75 before sewing it together with 3/8″ seam all around, which means the insides should only be 17″. I always make my pillows 1″ smaller than the pillow form to give it that full look. This ain’t a full look!

But not all was lost because I still needed to throw it in the washer and dryer, to get some shrinkage and make it crinkly. Even though I pre-washed my fabric, I was hoping the non pre-washed cotton batting might draw it all up a bit.


After washing the inside measurement is about 16″, so it’s a little fuller than before. I usually taper my corners to prevent that dog eared look, but this time I didn’t. I am always reticent when it’s a quilt block front, because I am afraid the taper will be noticeable in regards to strong linear lines. But mostly our eye doesn’t see the taper.

Not tapered



Must. Taper. More. Often! LOL

Linking with MMM today for DrEAMi!

25 thoughts on “DrEAMi In June

  1. Alycia Quiltygirl June 29, 2019 / 7:20 am

    Ohh LOVE it!!! That would fit in perfectly with my house right now!! What a great pilloe!!!

    • chrisknits June 29, 2019 / 8:10 am

      Thanks. I need to get more patriotic things made to color the whole house Red, white, and blue!! 🇺🇸


  2. Vireya June 29, 2019 / 8:41 am

    Gorgeous collection of cushions!

  3. AJ June 29, 2019 / 12:39 pm

    It looks great!

  4. JanineMarie June 29, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    I love how your squirrel led to a DrEAMi! And how all it took was a washing to fit the cover and pillow form together. Yay!

    • chrisknits June 29, 2019 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you. It isn’t hard to get distracted with all these great sources of inspiration! > >

  5. delightedhands June 29, 2019 / 5:28 pm

    I enjoyed all of the pillows! I don’t mind tapering if it isn’t a quilt block–they look good squared!
    Nice accomplishment!!!

    • chrisknits June 29, 2019 / 7:59 pm

      Thanks! I always plan to make more pillows, but then never get around to them. > >

  6. Diann Bottrell June 29, 2019 / 7:31 pm

    That’s such a pretty pillow, Chris! Great project for this time of year! I’ve never tapered the corners of my pillow covers – do you have a tutorial for how to do that?

  7. piecefulwendy June 29, 2019 / 10:49 pm

    What a pretty pillow, both front and back! A lovely finish for the upcoming holiday!

  8. Kate June 30, 2019 / 11:02 am

    You’ve got lots of custom pillow options. Love the your Dreami project!

    • chrisknits June 30, 2019 / 1:02 pm

      Thanks, I just got an e-book on pillows, so need to look into for some ideas! > >

  9. rl2b2017 June 30, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    Hi Chris! Love the pillow and it definitely is a squirrelly DrEAMi project. HAHA! Great job and you need to share the details about how much you taper the corners, etc. Very interesting – I love the tapered look and need to incorporate that into my pillow making. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits June 30, 2019 / 3:41 pm

      I will add a link to my post for tomorrow, right under the photo of the pillow. Thanks! > >

  10. quiteayarnblog July 1, 2019 / 2:48 am

    Love your pillow! Beautiful block 🙂 Thanks for the explanation of your processes, as well!

    • chrisknits July 1, 2019 / 10:04 am

      Thanks, it was a fun block that just demanded to be made. > >

  11. Sandra Walker July 2, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    Never thought about to taper or not! I also like the rounded look; must try that! Thank you for linking up this true drop EVERYTHING (even the squirrel lol) and make it!

    • chrisknits July 2, 2019 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks! I need to post info on how to taper. > >

  12. inquiringquilter July 8, 2019 / 9:16 pm

    Beautiful pillow. So clever to think of washing it to shrink it. Not sure what you mean by tapering, but I sure like the effect! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

    • chrisknits July 8, 2019 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks! Tapering is where you trim the corners off by angling the cut line, sort of like cutting a very long, skinny, triangle off your edge. Even though it makes your pillow not square, once you stuff a pillow form in the cover it fills in that tapered corner and appears square without the dog ears. > >

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