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!
I’ve had Jenny Pedigo’s Quick Curve Ruler for absolutely ages, but didn’t even take off the plastic backing paper until the weekend. I love her blog, and admire the quilts she makes with this ruler, so it was about time that this baby got an outing.
I kept it simple and decided to make cushion covers (for a creative quilter I had NO home made items in the lounge). I have sewed curves before and I did find it very quick and easy to do these blocks. My mind is racing now with ideas how to make more cushions with this ruler. I am oficially a fan.
Then I decided on straight line quilting because I love the texture it creates.
Then I tried binding by machine to save time…
mmmm… made a complete mess of it… and decided to unpick and bind by hand instead…
aaah! That’s better!
Apparently Lily’s Quilts will be posting a tutorial on machine binding on Thursday. I’m hoping it will help with my clearly rubbish technique!
Can’t stop stroking my new cushion now!
This is my first ever appliqué project. I love Kellie’s patterns from Don’t Look Now – especially Meg’s Garden and her Robot quilt for boys. So instead on jumping in with the bigger quilts, I decided to try a version of her cushions. I haven’t followed the pattern exactly, but I really love this technique (raw edge appliqué/trapunto) even though it’s time consuming. This also my first time using anything like steam-a-seam2.
I haven’t started the actual quilting yet – no white thread!!! Hopefully the flowers will pop out even more when I do. Here’s the pattern envelope.
I’ve been working with the pattern pieces of the ‘Sweet Little Garden’ but with a different size cushion and less flowers!