I will enjoy this so much more as a pillow. Carol from patchwork in the desert made this great little top for me quite a while back. It measures 19" square.
It is sewn with little patchwork squares stitched to a foundation and is meant to be raggy when washed. I love the colors. I don't have much wall space for hanging quilts...and thought I would get more use out of this if it were made into a pillow.
I recall reading a blog a long time back about using button-down shirts as the back of pillow covers. I searched and finally found which blog I had read...modify tradition. I took her idea and used it to make myself a pillow cover that would fit an 18" square pillow insert with the shirt front as the back...and my quilted piece as the front.
I cut the shirt front into a 17" square...then pinned it to the edges of the quilt. Yes...the quilt bowed and puckered a bit as I pinned...but I wanted the quilt to fit around the edges of the pillow insert and not to be even with the edges. Make sense?
I love it. Now I can use my quilt and be reminded of my dear friend. Thanks Carol!