Category Archives: Cushions

Burlap and Lace Pillows

Today, I’m sharing with you a little collection of burlap and lace pillows  …. I just love the contrast of the coarse and sturdy burlap with the delicacy of the vintage linen and lace ….

burlap and lace french country cushions

It all started a while back …. I needed to recover a couple of chairs in our sitting room, and it needed to be something relatively inexpensive and hard wearing, as the children regularly throw food, drink and other dirt on the chairs – no matter what I do to try and stop them!

burlap slipcover

The chairs came out pretty well – and are holding up nicely. But I had some burlap left over after I was all done …. and that sort of thing nags at me.

It was rather accidental that I had some lace out, and just noticed how wonderfully it contrasted with the burlap …. but I guess that’s the nature of serendipity. And it seemed to me that the two fabrics together encapsulated everything I love best about modern country style – simple fabrics and textures,  but subtly feminine nonetheless. Shabby chic, without the fuss and frills ….

So – cushions, then …. and a chance to indulge myself and use some of my vintage linens and laces …..

burlap and lace cushion / pillow

Half a lace-edged crisp, white, vintage linen tray cloth appliqued onto one side, and strips of vintage lace trim on the other ……

burlap and lace cushion / pillow

And another, this time with a little cluster of fabric flowers ….. organza, tulle and lace …. set with vintage buttons

burlap and lace cushion / pillow

and with an antique lace doily taking centre stage …. I think this one is my favourite. There is less of a contrast in terms of tone, but the delicacy of the lace looks amazing over that burlap.

burlap and lace cushions / pillows

mmmmm – they look so good together ……

but equally delicious, I think, on their own.

And available now – along with some of my other cushions – in my Etsy store

Chevron Cushion – pinstripe & brocade

Why yes, a cushion … patchworked, and quilted … and I think versatile enough to work in either a contemporary interior or a more traditional country home … I have a feeling that it might go down well in a home office – the pinstriping is quite masculine, and the flash of red brocade reminds me of regency waistcoats, somehow ….

chevron patchwork cushion

Back towards the end of last year, I started in on a little project to work my way through Celia Eddy’s book  100 Traditional and Contemporary Quilt Blocks, and this is the latest … the chevron block.

I started with this:

Wool pinstripe and chinese brocade ...

Love those rich, rich fabrics. The pinstripe came from an old suit jacket I deconstructed, and I’ve been hoarding that brocade for a while now – it’s so lush.

foundation piecing for chevron block

Then happened a lot of foundation piecing … I probably made it more complicated for myself than I needed to by deciding that I wante the pinstripes to run in alternate directions on each block ….

foundation piecing ... chevron strips

Much coffee was drunk during the process ….. but eventually it was all put together and ready for quilting – there’s a good layer of wadding between the top and the cotton backing.

quilting ... stitching in the ditch

I managed to restrain myself and stick to just stitching in the ditch (along the seam lines) … the fabric needs to speak for itself.

quilted cloth

I always love that moment when the cloth is finished, and ready to be used ….

A little binding in the brocade along the edges and some vintage brass buttons that made me think of suit-sleeve cuffs.

chevron block cushion

And …. finished … and …. in my Etsy shop ….