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Quilted Flower Pillow with Dimensional Floral Embroidery

Quilted Flower Pillow with Sulky Pollen Designs

quilted flower pillow designer logo

designed by Cherry Guidry, Cherry Blossoms Quilting

quilted flower pillow on couch

Create a quilted flower pillow featuring “Pollen” machine embroidery designs by Sulky. The designs feature Sulky Filaine™ Thread, which “blooms” when brushed with a Filaine™ Wire Brush, creating fuzzy texture that looks like the flowers come to life.

Quilted Pillow Finished size: 12” x 22”


Pollen Machine Embroidery Design Collection (featured designs: Cosmo, Poppy & Gerbera Daisy)

Sulky Thread:  Rayon 40 wt. & 12 wt. Filaine (colors per the embroidery design sequence charts), Bobbin 60 wt. white, 60 wt. PolyLite

Filaine Wire Brush

Stiffy™ Tear-Away Stabilizer

Organ® Needles:


  • 1/3 yard of Fabric 1
  • 1/8 yard of Sashing 1
  • 1/4 yard of Sashing 2
  • 1/2 yard of Border & Backing

fabric yardage requirements for quilted flower pillow





  • 12” x 22” Pillow Form

Project features Cherry’s Sew Bloom fabric collection for Contempo Studio of Benartex.


  • Please read all instructions before beginning.
  • Cutting instructions are based on fabric that is at least 42” wide selvage-to-selvage.
  • WOF = Width of Fabric folded selvage-to-selvage
  • Press fabrics before cutting.
  • All seam allowances are ¼”.
  • Press seams to the darkest fabric.


Cut the fabrics as follows:

Fabric 1 One 9½” x WOF strip sub-cut into:

(3) 9½” x 14”– A* (or cut large enough to fit your hoop)

Fabric 2 Two 1” x WOF strips sub-cut into:

(6) 1” x 5½” – B

(6) 1” x 8” – C

Fabric 3 One 2¾” x WOF strip sub-cut into:

(6) 2¾” x 6½” – D

(2) 1½” x WOF strips sub-cut into:

(4) 1½” x 12½” – E

Fabric 4 Two 1” x WOF strips sub-cut into:

(2) 1” x 13½” – F

(2) 1” x 22½” – G

(1) 13½” x WOF strip sub-cut into:

(2) 13½” x 17” – H

Batting 16” x 24
Lining fabric 18” x 26”


*To add a bit more stability to the background fabric, spray with a heavy starch and press dry before cutting.


First, hoop three layers of Stiffy Stabilizer with a fabric 1 background A fabric right side up.

hoop fabric for pillow


Download the Pollen embroidery collection and/or the individual designs you’d like to feature on the pillow blocks. Then, load the files into your embroidery machine. The Pollen designs use both 40 wt. Rayon and 12 wt. Filaine Threads. Pay close attention to the color sequence chart for each design to ensure you’re using the correct thread weight for the correct portions of the design.

When embroidering with the 40 wt. Rayon, use a size 80/12 Top Stitch Needle. When embroidering with the Filaine Thread, use a Top Stitch Titanium 100/16 needle.

Use 60 wt. Bobbin Thread for both top threads.

When stitching the Filaine portions of the design, slow the machine speed to the lowest setting. Make sure to turn the auto-thread-cutting feature OFF on your machine to avoid having excess bulk for the needle to penetrate. Instead, bring the bobbin thread up to the fabric surface before stitching, and then bring both threads to the fabric wrong side when embroidery is complete. This thread is VERY heavyweight and needs special handling to stitch out properly.

design embroidered onto fabric in hoop

Next, remove the design from the hoop. Then, trim the jump stitches from the top and any excess threads from the back. Next, remove the tear-away stabilizer one layer at a time. Repeat to embroider a total of three Pollen designs.

embroidered squares

Use the Filaine wire brush to “fluff” the Filaine portions of the designs, making each flower “bloom.” Or, choose to leave the thread un-brushed for a different look, if desired.


First, trim the embroidered A rectangles to measure 5½” wide x 7” high.

trim embroidered rectangles for pillow

Then, sew fabric 2 1” x 5½” B strips to the top and bottom edges of A; press to B.

add sashing to blocks for flower pillow

Next, sew fabric 2 1” x 8” C strips to the left and right edges of A; press to C.

stitch sashing to all three pillow blocks



First, sew fabric 3 2¾” x 6½” D strips to the top and bottom edges of the sashed blocks; press to D.

Following the diagram as a placement guide, sew the sashed blocks and the (4) fabric 3  1½” x 12½” E strips; press to E.

Next, sew the fabric 4 1” x 13½” F strips to the top and bottom and the 1” x 22½” G strips to the left and right edges; press to F/G.

assemble quilted flower pillow top


First, layer the top, batting and lining fabric and quilt as desired using Sulky Poly Lite Thread in the needle and bobbin. For best results, use a size 75/11 or 70/10 Quilting Needle.

add quilting to pillow top

Then, trim the excess batting/lining.

pillow top after trimming


To finish the pillow, create an envelope pillow back. First, double-fold the short edge of both fabric 4 13½” x 17” H rectangles 1/2″. Then, topstitch using a ¼” seam allowance.

envelope pillow back

With the trimmed pillow top right side up, place the H rectangles wrong side up over the pillow top, overlapping the sewn edges in the center.

overlap pillow back pieces

Pin in place, and then stitch on all four sides with a ¼” seam allowance.

finish pillow back

Clip the corners and turn the flower pillow right side out.

Then, stitch in the ditch between fabric 3 and fabric 4 to make the “piping” trim.

finishing the flower pillow

Lastly, insert the pillow form through the envelope closure.

detail of cosmo embroidery

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!


  • Yvonne J Bluthardt

    Can a list of the Filaine threads used for these 3 designs in the project be listed please? I have the fur collection of them already and a few other colors so I don’t want to buy the designs first and then order the threads afterwards if needed. I like to save on the shipping costs whenever possible. Thanks!

    • Ellen March

      For the Cosmo & Gerbera Daisy: 862-3129 (Golden Yellow) & 862-3978 (Amber)
      For the Poppy: 862-3129 (Golden Yellow) & 862-3976 (Light Mist)

  • Yvonne Bluthardt

    Thanks so very much Ellen! I look forward to seeing you on Sew What tomorrow! Have a blessed week!