Magic Fairy Door Pillowcase

Fairy Door Quilt Pattern


A few weeks ago I made a 10″ magic fairy door and I used the block to make a 14″ pillowcase. The quilting process started having a mind of its own and I was happy to oblige.


My original idea was to hand quilt everything.  There was one problem –  my stitches are still in the medium size range and the leaves looked horrible and clunky instead of small and delicate.  I have done free motion quilting only once and that was probably a couple of years ago.  So I took a deep breath, removed the little hand quilting I had done and started free motion quilting the vines and the leaves.  As usual, my fear proved unjustified.  Since I can adjust the speed of the pedal of my machine, it went rather smoothly.  I am happy with the way the quilting turned out, even with the smattering of imperfections here and there.



Fairy Door Quilted



Once the machine quilting was done, I started hand quilting the door.  I think the hand quilting makes the door stand out from the surrounding vines and leaves.  Toward the end, I started stitching along the border with my walking foot.  Then another idea came to my head – alternate the border with machine and hand quilting and alternate the thread colour as well.



Fairy Door Quilted Pillow



This is the first time I also decided to bind my pillowcase.  It’s a woodland fairy door, so what else would I use but a brown binding to go with the light mossy green border.  The finished pillow now resides in my husband’s room.  Hopefully he will not be subject to naughty fairy shenanigans!


Happy Sewing,



14 thoughts on “Magic Fairy Door Pillowcase

  • Lorna McMahon June 8, 2014 at 04:58

    Oh, the quilting turned out fabulous, Soma! Love those viney leaves and the combination of hand and machine quilting. Great call!

  • Vera June 3, 2014 at 21:25

    Looking good and look at your FMQ! Well done!

  • Susie June 3, 2014 at 18:22

    What a beautiful and whimsical pillow! I love how you used hand and machine stitching for the different textures! And what a fun way to brush up on some fmq skills!


  • Ros June 3, 2014 at 03:32

    This is gorgeous, the vine quilting is so perfect for the theme!

  • May 31, 2014 at 09:17

    Love the binding on the pillow. I haven’t tried that yet, I must! The vine quilting is perfection. Nice finish!

  • Gai Butler May 30, 2014 at 21:34

    What a lovely pillow. I love your quilting and the binding looks fantastic.

  • Cheryl May 30, 2014 at 19:48

    Beautiful pillow. I like the added texture that the quilting brings.

  • Maria May 29, 2014 at 14:13

    The cushion looks wonderful, Soma :-) I like the idea of both hand and machine quilting!

  • Kim May 29, 2014 at 12:25

    Really beautiful Soma. Very cool to have both the machine and hand quilting, but together they make the pillow so special.

  • Kathleen May 29, 2014 at 11:48

    Looks great Soma!! I especially like the binding idea. I made a pillowcase for my daughter and put a binding on it and really liked the result. It just frames the pillow so nicely.

  • Lori Smanski May 29, 2014 at 10:45

    This turned out wonderful. I love how you used varigated thread and changed up both machine and hand quilting. Well done.

  • Janine May 29, 2014 at 10:39

    Your quilting is beautiful! This really is a magical pillow :)

  • krislovesfabric May 29, 2014 at 10:11

    O my…this is your second time fmq? This is gorgeous, love the viney look…and everyone needs a bit of fairy shenanigans now and then, don’t they?

  • Ruthie Quilts May 29, 2014 at 10:08

    This came out great Soma! The quilting really sets off the design…

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