Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Done and done

There is a cushion-hogging teenager in this house, with a firm preference for the nice big, fluffy, super comfy cushions that are MINE, dammit. I bought some 22 inch feather-filled cushion pads a while back (I won't admit how long, but I think you might empathise) to make a couple of cushions reserved entirely for adult use, and then totally failed to do anything about making covers for them.


I wanted something scrappy in the hope that it would hide the paw prints/dog hair/general grime that accumulate at a frightening rate for some unknown reason (*cough* bloody dog *cough*), and I really love the x and + blocks that took over quilt-land this time last year. Because I like my cushions to be pleasingly squishy I needed four 10 inch finished blocks for each pad, but could only find cutting directions for 12 or 8 inch blocks. Luckily it's a pretty easy block to figure out with a bit of squared paper and a ruler. In case you are interested, here is a cutting diagram to make a 10 inch finished block (10.5 inches unfinished) using Amy's original piecing tutorial.
I used a whole mix of blue scraps for the arms of the x, and Botanics for the rest. I love these bright oranges - they make me so happy. In the interests of just getting it done, I echo-quilted on the sewing machine, resisting the almost overwhelming temptation to spend weeks hand stitching the buggers.


They are backed with a white-on-black text print from Madrona Road that has been languishing in my stash for almost a year. Again, in the interests of not taking any longer than absolutely necessary, I went with simple envelope backs. One day I'll make a cushion with a zip, but this was not the time.


So there you have it: the first bit of sewing for 2014, and it was all from stash. This fabric diet thing might work out ok after all.

22 comments:

  1. I love these.... Glad you made it to the sewing shed!!!

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  2. Love the cushions and the maths for the bigger block!

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  3. Lovely cushions, and good on you for resisting the urge to hand stitch!

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  4. Excellent! now tag them so you know if someone tries to take them out the room.

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  5. I'm not sure about my future DIL but I may be along real soon to doing some cushion hogging myself...

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  6. Yay, they look fab! Good luck holding onto them ;o)

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  7. Love that block, the pillows are amazing!

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  8. Love love love. The botanics lv fabrics are fab.

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  9. Gorgeous! Did I somehow miss that you're joining the fast?

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  10. Beautiful! Love the fabric combinations you've chosen!

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  11. Your squishy cushions are fab, and I much prefer an envelope backing...and it has nothing to do with zips. Uh uh!

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  12. Cushions should always be squidgy, can't be dealing with something you can't plump up! They are beautiful :)

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  13. Love it! I'm just about to start quilting a giant x&+ quilt (I'm sat next to my machine and procrastinating by writing to you!) and having a trauma about how to quilt it........I need to JFDI!!!!!

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  14. I must make cushion covers. I have four to do for the living room, and have failed to make them for about as long as my husband has failed to put the mirror up over the fireplace! Gorgeous covers, BTW!

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  15. These are fab, and you're well ahead of me for sewing finishes this year :o)

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  16. They look great. Looking forward to seeing what else you throw together this year :)

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  17. I love making cushions and yours look fab. Di x

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  18. Total success! On the topic... I reallllllly want to hand quilt something. I've been making my Alabama Chanin dress FOREVER and am trying to push through to the finish, so I won't let myself start any hand quilting. Gah, I am such a slave driver ;)

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thanks for making my day!