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.
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.