Friday, 14 September 2012

Patchwork Cushion

Just a quick post today as the sun is shining and it's too nice a day to be hunched over a laptop. This patchwork cushion has been on my ufo list for a while, and I'm really pleased with how it's turned out (and just to have finished something at last!).

This was a kit given to me by a friend, bought from the Sally Army shop for a quid. Now, I know what you're thinking, somebody mugged Laura Ashley circa 1983, but although the fabric isn't my usual kind of style, I still think there's a value in this kind of kit.

For a start, the kit had everything in it that I needed to complete the project (bar thread and a cushion pad). It also had full instructions, and I learnt some new techniques while doing it. The patchwork went together fairly quickly as it was all straight seams.

For the quilting I just followed the seams, making concentric squares. I started from the centre and worked out to keep things even.

The back is one piece of a rather surgical limb pink fabric. I hand stitched all the binding which goes round the edge of the cushion, which didn't take as long as I expected, and has given a lovely neat finish.

Now I can give myself permission to throw myself into some new projects. Currently on the go are some rainbow socks for my son and developing some new stock for Christmas craft fairs...

2 comments:

  1. It's lovely! I like making things from kits, you have everything that you need and don't have too much left over. I'd love to do some proper patchwork, I gave it a go but failed miserably, need to try again!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer :) The thing I find I have to concentrate on with patchwork is accuracy in cutting and seams, little errors add up into big ones! But I like patchwork as you can use up little bits from the stash... Would love to see what you come up with.

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