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Initial cushions

Initial cushions


I recently offered to make personalised cushions in a fundraising promise auction. The winning bidder wanted one with S&D on it for her sons, and I said how about two? One each. She agreed.

When I’ve made name cushions in the past I’ve appliqued the letters on the cushion tops. But with one large letter, especially for young boys, I thought I needed a more robust construction. So one night it came to me, why not use the porthole technique I learned in Lu Summers’ class at the Fat Quarterly Retreat 2 years ago?


It worked really nicely, and I love how it’s a little window onto the seascape fabric underneath. I decided to frame the letters with 2.5″ squares.


Onto the quilting. I worried that swirls might be a bit too girly, but actually it was perfect – a hint of sea waves! I’ve been taking some Craftsy FMQ classes (Angela Waters) and I have to say it’s given me a great deal of confidence. That, as well as a face to face lesson by Trudi Wood at last year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat, has fuelled my love of free motion quilting. This is done in Aurifil 50, which is thinner than my usual 40wt, one of Angela Waters’ tips is thinner thread, and thread that blends (hides a multitude of slips!) and I’m a convert!


I love the quilting inside the letter D!


Best of all the boys and their mum love them. One of the boys took his straight to bed with him, and was still cuddling it in the morning!


A few works in progress

A few works in progress

This is a quilt top made during the Fat Quarterly Retreat last year: Jelly Roll Challenge FQR 2012

This was made when we were being assessed for adoption. Since then, we have welcomed two children into our lives. For the back of this one, my son’s, I decided to incorporate a playmat for a bit of fun.


And a girl’s quilt for my daughter:


which also has a playmat (a “doll’s house” ) on the back.


I need to finish the quilting (a LOT of unpicking has been going on) and bind both.

And yes, my kids are helping to show off these quilts!