Into the Forest – Bonus Glade Pillow Pattern

In the spirit of conservation, Kitty created this bonus pillow pattern, playfully called the Glade Pillow, that can be sewn while you are piecing your Into the Forest quilt, effectively using up many of your scraps.

Please note: These instructions are a bonus add on to the Into the Forest quilt. You’ll need to use these instructions along with the original pattern. Please read these instructions in full before beginning to sew the quilt or pillow.

Materials & Cutting

Note that all HSTs are made while piecing the Into the Forest quilt blocks, using the instructions below.
Use the scraps left after cutting your background fabric pieces for your quilt and cut the following pieces:

(2) 5 1/2” x 4” rectangles (A)
(2) 1 1/2” x 15 1/2” strips (B)
(1) 5 1/2” x 7” rectangle (C)
(1) 2” x 1 1/2” rectangle (D)
(1) 3” x 1 1/2” rectangle (E)
(2) 2” x 15 1/2” strips (side borders)
(1) 4″ x 20 1/2″ strip (top border)
(1) 2″ x 20 1/2″ strip (bottom border)

Making the HSTs

During Steps 2 and the second half of Step 3 in the Into the Forest quilt instructions, draw the diagonal line on the background fabric squares as noted in the pattern, AND a line 1/2” from the center diagonal on one side. Here’s a close up look:

When positioning the background square on the HSTs, make sure the extra line is toward the outer corner.

Sew on both lines.

Cut between the sewn lines.

Press, creating the quilt blocks and the bonus HSTs.

Square HSTs to 3” square and 1 1/2” square, and proceed to Glade Pillow Assembly (set the quilt blocks aside for when you’re ready to piece the Into the Forest quilt top)

Assembling the Glade Pillow top

Sew HSTs together as shown in the photo below, rotating as needed. Note that 5 small HSTs will align with every 2 large HSTs. Arrange HSTs and background pieces as shown:

Sew D and E pieces to solo 1” HST as shown.
Sew background fabric pieces to HST tree units to create columns.

Sew columns together to create the center panel.

Sew 2” x 15 1/2” strips to both left and right sides of panel. Press outward.
Sew 4” x 20 1/2” strip to top and 2″ x 20 1/2″ strip to bottom of panel to create pillow top.

Trim to 20 1/2” square.


Fuse pillow top to fusible fleece, or baste to 23” x 23” scrap of batting.

Quilt as desired.

I quilted my Glade Pillow with dense vertical lines on my Bernina 560 using my walking foot and the following Aurifil threads:


  • 5005-Medium turquoise
  • 2785-Very dark navy


  • 2579-Medium orchid
  • 2800-Mint ice
  • 2021-Natural white
  • 2600-Dove

I love the texture it provides and the added fun of a variety of coordinating and contrasting threads!

Finish using your favorite pillow construction tutorial.

Here are some of my favorites:

Pocket back pillow | Zipper back pillow | Side zipper pillow | Snap back pillow

Enjoy! Please tag me @nightquilter and use #gladepillow and #intotheforestquilt when sharing photos so that I can see your creations! Happy sewing!