Over the last couple of days, I have had time to make up the sweet little 'Ruby Cottage' embroidery I finished last week into the cushion that I wanted. You may recall that the 'Ruby Cottage' pattern was designed by Gail Pan and, gives instructions for you to make the embroidery up into a small wall hanging.
However, I wanted to use the embroidery to make a new cushion. I decided not to follow the pattern exactly for finishing off. Instead, I chose to use scraps of the same fabrics that I had used to make this 'heart' cushion some while ago. That way I knew the two cushions would really coordinate together well.
I trimmed off the embroidery to make an eight inch square. I then searched through my scrap fabrics for pieces of the same fabric that I had used for the first cushion.
I managed to find just enough for what I wanted to do.
I used the embroidery to form the centre square of a 'courthouse steps' block which I made large enough to use as the front of the cushion. (approximately 16 inches square). When I had finished piecing the block I pressed it well and laid it onto some batting so that I could quilt in the ditch around each border added to the central square. I tidied up the loose ends and trimmed off the batting to match the front of the cushion. I also added a few buttons to give a little extra dimension.
I also decided to add a few buttons to the heart cushion to further tie the style of the cushions together. I finished off the new cushion by making an envelope style backing.
I am really pleased with my new cushion and I love how well it coordinates with the one I had already made.