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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 ….

Hot Fuschia and Grey cushion

too cool for school!

I’m really enjoying the new season 2012 interiors trend for neutrals – grey in particular – mixed with neon bright pops of colour – yellow, acid green and bright, bright pink, when it comes to soft furnishings ….

est magazine 'scandinavian sojourn', via decor8

Multistripe in 'Ember' by Melin Tregwynt



I love the way these colours work equally well in either a more traditional country ‘shabby chic’ room, or a room that plays more towards the ‘mid-century’ modern revival, injecting a warm shot of vivid, energising colour and providing a fresh focal point without being too overpowering.

And loving colour as much as I do, I couldn’t help but get in on the act …

Fuschia modern sofa cushion now available in my Etsy shop ... click on the image to get there

Unique strip-patchworked modern sofa cushion in grey cotton mixed with hot fuschia satin, and that lovely monochrome oriental-style floral … and with an envelope closing secured with two co-ordinating buttons on the back, it looks great either way up.

Fuschia and grey modern sofa cushion