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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 ….

Commission: Bridesmaid dresses to upcycled cushion

I’ve had a lovely – if busy – start to the New Year! I was so happy to get a commission to create a bespoke cushion from a couple of bridesmaid dresses – and even happier that I’m allowed to talk about it – most of my commissions are so personal that my customers prefer me not to share them. A wonderful way to start the year … I think I’m at my happiest when I’m working on something special for someone, creating a piece of memory cloth 🙂

The dresses arrived … such gorgeous fabric, and sumptuous colours …

A simple cushion, that makes the most of the fabric and the colours. A contemporary cushion, that won’t look dated or old-fashioned. A cushion that still evokes the memories of a very happy day.

Stripes …

The dark purple dominates, with the lilac strip from the skirt bordered from strips of the ivory dress – on one side, the sash – complete with the little flowers – and on the other, the the organza skirt fused onto the lining.

And on the back – an envelope closure … with a lilac strip that lines up with the one on the front.

I used the buttons from the bodice of the little dress.

I am so happy with the finished result … it will be going home in the post tomorrow.

Do you like it?

What could I do for you? Do you have a special dress, a suit you can’t part with, a collection of baby clothes that you’d like to free from the cupboard, transformed into something you can see – and use – every day?

If you’re interested in commissioning a piece of work, please do get in touch for a free consultation – I’d love to hear from you.