Patterns were mostly taken from Quilter's Cache »
Type of item: Home Decor
Quilting cotton, various types of batting, occasionally some glass seed beads
What was your inspiration?
Deciding to learn to quilt! I picked up a few sets of fat quarters, and with the help of a basic book on needlecraft, a friend's advice, and the internet, I got started. Cushions are a great way to learn new techniques, as you can make a single block and it doesn't take long. I also got a set of sample pieces of different types of batting from a quilting shop, and they too were ideally sized for cushion covers.
The picture with the two blocks together are my first ever attempt at piecing. One is a Bachelor's Puzzle, the other is a Basket of Grapes (I think).
The other blue cushion was my first attempt at quilting, and I added a little beading as embellishment. No particular design, I just made a border of random triangles.
There are two sides to a green cushion I made as a gift, including a Maple Leaf design.
The next photo is of some diamond strips I sewed together when I was testing out the design I later used, on a slightly larger scale, for my Autumnal Bedspread. This one never got as far as becoming a cushion, it just had batting added and was quilted. It ended up being given to neighbours to line the cardboard box their cat had decided was its basket.
There's also a trial block for the Carpenter's Square, which I later used for my first quilt. It's still folded up in a box under my sewing table.
What are you most proud of?
Learning to quilt! And the rather more complex nine-path I've selected as the main photo. I think I got the idea from a quilt I saw in a magazine. Flying geese can be fiddly little things.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If you don't like putting in zips, do a pillowcase back to your cushion. It looks nice, and it's a sight easier to sew.