Tuck and Roll – Happy Trails Cowgirl Quillow

CO Sister id tagWhile looking for just the right word for our sister project, I came across The Urban Dictionary which says by definition a quillow is…

“A quillow is a mix between a quilt and a pillow. When folded into itself, the quillow looks and feels like a pillow. However, the inner cloth can be taken out and used as a quilt, with the pocket of where the material sits that can be used as a footrest.”
Sounds like that kind of padding would make a long ride in the saddle a lot more comfy for this western gal. (But I don’t have a saddle, and I don’t really need the pillow right now so I thought I would change the name of this cowgirl project.) I thought a “tuck & roll” blanket was a great title until I tried to look that up on the www info trail.  Boy-howdy, was I mistaken.  It could be…
pill bug

Twin Pill Bugs in the Disney/Pixar film “A Bug’s Life”. They don’t even talk!

Or if ya’ll don’t like them ‘taters, it could be…
A dog breeder, Tuck 'N Roll Acres, Owner/Breeder of Chinese Shar-Pei since 1979

A dog breeder,
Tuck ‘N Roll Acres, Owner/Breeder of Chinese Shar-Pei since 1979

Cute, but not the look I want to attract a good-lookin’ wrangler.  It could be…
A certain derogatory term used by NFL announcers applied to Justin Tuck against Denver!

A certain descriptive term used by NFL announcers applied to Justin Tuck against Denver!

I don’t even want to go there!  I was trying to connect with fabric so found the “Upholstery Journal” definition
“Tuck-and-roll refers to hand-stuffed channels that are typically used to form a decorative panel in automotive interiors. Classic tuck-and-roll is time consuming to fabricate because it entails hand stuffing individual channels. The result is a luxurious crown, and a seat with extra cushioning.”
Cushy!

Cushy!

Last but not least, it nearly scared me out of my boots with this one…

A modern urban “tactic” employed in firearms training to get around obstacles while continuing a forward movement. It is most often employed by Airsoft or Paintball gamers, however it may be used by live-fire weapons personnel as well.

The technique, almost always done while running, involves diving forward in such a way that your shoulder lands on the ground first, and you roll into a little ball. As you come out of the ball, immediately spring back up into a running stance, or move into a kneeling position.

More like tuck & fall down!

More like tuck & fall down!

I’m leavin’ all that chatter in the dust and going back to the REAL deal. Forget “tuck & roll”!  That belongs in the instructions, not the title.  So back to quillow
There is soooooo much more than just a pillow and a quilt.  Especially with our “Happy Trails Cowgirl”!
quillow 3 - for printing
She is dressed for the dancin’ now, but unfold this bundle of fun and she will change right into her workin’ clothes.  The background is a simple rail fence pattern.  A quillow makes a great weekend project with machine applique.  It will take more time to pick out her clothes than stitch up the pattern.
If you’re in a gosh-dang hurry and can’t wait for the paper pattern a PDF is available here.
Happy Trails PDF Cowgirl Quillow pattern instructions
Your lasso won’t miss with this cowgirl and don’t forget to snag her pardner on the saddle blanket.
Happy Trails
So next time ya saddle up (cuddle on the couch or go for a car ride) take along your handy-dandy quillow for company and comfort. You can always tuck it in and roll it back up.
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