Hot on the heels of my successful crocheted cushion, I decided to make some patchwork/quilted cushions. Of course, once I started to think about what sort of cushion to make, I had all sorts of ideas running through my mind and, ended making up quite a number of them!!
In fact, five so far!! Of course, I used my favourite Tilda fabrics and I tried quite a few different styles of cushion.
I started with this one. It has a central hand embroidered square, bordered with fabric to make a bigger central square which I then surrounded with a further grid of squares and sashing. It is finished with an outer border.
I have quilted in the ditch around the central square and along each sashing seam to emphasise the grid.
With the next two, I wanted to incorporate some words. I choose the words 'Love' and 'Home'. I machine appliqued the letters to squares of fabric and then pieced the squares together to form one larger square. I then used this larger square as the centre of a log cabin style block, adding strips of fabric to each edge in turn until I had a square the size I wanted for the finished cushion.
I quilted in the ditch around the central square and around each set of strips.
The two final cushions I made using a random patchwork pattern which I sketched out on gridded paper. Once they were pieced together, I quilted them both, each in a different way. The first (above) has a wavy grid quilted across it, the other (below) lines of a wavy stitch which I have on my sewing machine. I used it on a quilt I made last year and, it adds great texture to the surface.
As a final touch I machine appliqued a piece of ribbon to one of the patches. It has the words 'with love' printed on it.
For all of the cushions I used an envelope-style backing. I still have one more cushion (in another style) cut out ready to get started on but, I am very pleased with those that I have finished so far!
Have a wonderful weekend!!