New England Pillow with Sashing Applique

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Size: 18in square

Skill level: Beginner

Pattern notes:

  • Please read all instructions before beginning.
  • Seam allowance is ¼” unless noted otherwise.
  • WOF = width of fabric: assume 21” for Fat Quarter (FQ) and 42” WOF for yardage (YD).


OLFA QR-6x12 6" X 12" Frosted Acrylic Ruler

OLFA RM-CG 12" X 18" Green Double-Sided, Self-Healing Rotary Mat

OLFA 45mm RTY-2/C Quick-Change Rotary Cutter, Aqua



Fabric Requirements:

6 x 6 grid patchwork | 3in finished squares | 18.5in unfinished block

Color A (cA) = Spring Blue

 1 FE

Color B (cB) = Spring Cream

 1 FE

Color C (cC) = Flowers

 1 FE

Color D (cD) = Summer Cream  

 1 FE

Color E (cE) = Summer Yellow

 1 FE

Color F (cF) = Fall Cream

 1 FE

Color G (cG) = SASHING APPLIQUE = Fall Black

 1 FQ



Binding = Leaves

1 FQ


20in square


Cutting instructions:

Color A through F = cut (1) 3 1/2in x WOF strips; sub-cut (6) 3 1/2in squares from each strip;

Color G = sashing applique strips = cut (10) 1 in x 19in strips; (these strips are NOT cut on the bias, cut them on the straight grain);

Backing = cut (2) 14in x 18 1/2in rectangles;

Binding: Cut (4) strips 2 1/2” x WOF, join the strips and prepare the binding.

Sew the block:

  • Sew (6) rows of (6) 3 1/2in squares.
  • Organize each row so each of the (6) colors/fabrics are distributed (1) square on each row.
  • Press seams to opposite directions, rows 1, 3 and 5 press to the left, and rows 2, 4 and 6 press to the right. This will help nesting seams precisely.
  • Sew the rows together, use pins or clips to hold the rows together before sewing. Start sewing row 1 and 2, and add the other rows in order.
  • TIP: If you decide to fussy cut the fabric squares, attention to the correct position when you sew the rows.
  • Press the quilt block when you finish.

Prepare the applique binding strips:

  • Fold each 1in x 19in strips of fabric cG on the long edge in half, with wrong sides of the fabric together, open and press the long edges 1/4in towards the center crease.
  • You can also use a bias tape maker tool for this, even though this strip is not cut on the bias, it will work in the same way.
  • Repeat this process for all strips.

Sew the sashing applique:

  • The strips will be attached in between the block’s square seams, to cover them. This will mock a sashing effect on the block.
  • Start aligning one sashing strip on top of a seam in between two square rows on the block, pin if preferred.
  • Align the presser foot and the needle to be 1/8in far from the edge of the strip. It is recommended to use a matching thread color in this step.

  • Sew on each side of the sashing strip to applique.
  • Repeat this process for all (10) strips.

  • After finishing the strip applique, the block is ready to be trimmed.
  • Press the block before trimming.

Prepare the envelope closure for the pillow:

  • Press both 14in x 18 1/2in rectangles.
  • On the long edge of each, fold twice 1in in to enclose the raw edge. Press and pin.
  • Sew to finish 1/8in on each side of the 1in folded edge.

  • With the quilted piece facing the wrong side up, lay the backing rectangles overlapping to create the envelope closure.
  • Clip or pin along the edges and sew using 1/8in seam allowance.

  • Bind using your favorite method to finish the pillow.

  • Add the pillow insert.