What a thrill! I was invited by the nice people at Terrys Fabrics to take part in their “unleash your creativity” cushion challenge ….
I and a group of other craft bloggers were all sent a couple of pieces of their fabrics, and asked to make cushions from them ….. this gorgeous lime green/chartreuse spot (dotty in lime) looks so good with the leaf pattern (autumn leaves in lime).
I played around with a few ideas, but narrowed it down to a couple of designs I really liked …. I knew I wanted to do patchwork quilted cushions, so it was a question of picking a block that would work with 2 fabrics, and with the scale on the leaf pattern …
I was thrilled when I worked out I had enough fabric to make up both! I liked the star, but was a bit anxious about whether the central seam was going to come up too bulky, with the relatively heavy curtain fabric ….
Only one way to find out ….
(I draw the blocks out to size, then use pattern paper to make the template pieces, with a 1/4″ seam allowance)
I do love this block – the lemon star (apparently) – I think it might be featuring in a quilt fairly soon!
Piecing done, and on to the quilting …. I liked the idea of working with the suggestion of floral in the pattern and fabrics ….
And I really love this radiating, repeating leaf motif, free-motioned freehand ….
It works so well on the cushion …..
and I just love how it adds interest to the back, as well …..
And so, on to the second block, a more simple diamond …..
which I echoed in the quilting ….
and into the back, as well, so that there’s a diamond opening up from the closure …
very simple, but very effective, I thought?
Now I just have to decide which one I like the best ….
I think the star might just shade it, but it’s really too close to call …..
and both will shortly be available in my Etsy store …. grab ’em while they’re hot?!