Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cushion Cover


Working on possible combinations with my fabric strips.

Our new lounge was delivered the day after we finished repainting our main living areas. Some of you may remember
 I was thinking of making cushions covers from my quilt left-overs. Over the last few days I have been working towards that end. I sewed fabrics together, enough for two cushions fronts.


Basting the completed top to cotton quilt batting (middle layer) and back fabric.


Stippling in progress


Stippling from the reverse side. The green thread is the basting (temporary), holding the layers together.


My trusty Janome, over 25 years old, darning foot for stippling.


First cushion front, cut this morning.





A simple envelope closure in progress.




First cushion complete! I know it looks a little large (45cm/18") for the lounge but it's a very comfortable size. I plan to complete the second cover during the week, and buy an insert for it too.




I know I'm always curious about the backs of cushions, so here it is. I didn't have enough of the main print to cover the whole back so added another strip along the top and bottom. I like the variety it gives. The second cushion back will likely be a little different according the fabric I have left.




I'm pleased to see the quilt hasn't faded much, I like them together!

It's two years this month since I taught myself to quilt (although I have been sewing since I was a very young child).
My first quilt (a gift) is still one of my favourites, you can read the story here. Since then I have made several quilts, many of which I blogged about earlier this year.

Over the last few months photography and blogging have been my choice for "spare" time. I love having many interests, with passions to suit each and every situation and season.

Sharing at Good Life Wednesday, Sneak Peek Friday.

38 comments:

Pat said...

I am in awe of you. That's it. In awe.

Love the bright colors!

Jeanne said...

absolutely lovely ! and what a great idea for using leftovers from your quilts!

Linda R. said...

Oh my goodness. I love it.. I would love to do some quilting. I do sew but not for awhile. Only on my cards. The colors you chose are beautiful. You have to be so happy with the way they turned out!!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful! And so colorful and creative! You are so talented!

Sylvia

Joyful said...

Very pretty. I've only ever made one quilt. I hope to make more and I want to learn to stipple too!

Pradeepa said...

Wow, the cushion is excellent. You have done a great job.

Susanne said...

Your stippling looks really nice and I love those colors in the strips. They remind me of citrus colors. The green makes them all stand out. I have never tried to stipple with my sewing machine. I will have to try a darning foot too. Thanks for the head's up and for sharing :)

Deanne said...

Great Job, I love the fresh colours!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Very neat designs, good for the eyes !

Lanlizzy said...

I love the fresh look, they make a lovely addition to your sofa. Thank you for the link to your first quilt as well, you did such a beautiful job, no one would have suspected it was your first!

Pieni Lintu said...

Oh... I love those fabrics!! So pretty!

You are very talented!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Wow.. these are gorgeous.
I totally admire your work!

hannah said...

No wonder you can do it so quickly.
I was wondering how.
The reason being that I handmake my patchwork. Every single stitch. No wonder they never seem to get finished. It may be authentic, but doesn't it take an age:-) And I source my fabrics from secondhand shops. I'm not complaining because the entire process is actually very therapeutic and calming.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Hannah, there are so many styles/concepts of patchwork and quilting, with opportunities for all tastes and time-restictions. The hexagon quilt I shared on my blog is all stitched by hand, including the quilting.

geanina said...

you are very skilled:)! great work!

Giga said...

Bardzo pomysłowe. Trochę pracy wymaga, ale są świetne efekty :-). Pozdrawiam

Jill said...

I just love your material choices! It turned our beautifully. I sure admire your talent!

My Beautiful World said...

I have missed you my friend these cushions are just lovely you inspire me every time I visit you. I have been off line a few days and catching up on your posts have me smiling with your beautiful photos such beauty you share with us, thank you have a wonderful day.

Always Wendy

Karin M. said...

Dein Werk ist dir wunderbar gelungen...da steckt jede Menge Arbeit drin...sehr schön....die Stoffe harmonieren wunderbar miteinander...
LG: Karin

Liz said...

Simply gorgeous, Karen!!! And I think the size is perfect. I prefer a good sized cushion rather than one too small. You really are so very creative!! I am in awe!

Novemberkind said...

Wer unter so einer Decke schläft und mit dem Kopf auf so einem Kissen liegt, der muss bunte, fröhliche Träume haben. :-)
So schön! Eine wunderbare Arbeit!

Liebe Grüße. Bina

missing moments said...

Great job and colors!

Mihaela said...

How nice! I still know how to use a sewing machine for basic sewing, though it's been a while since I've last used it, but I don't think I'd manage to make a pillow case.

Seeing Each Day said...

I know I've mentioned before about my fascination with a quilter's ability to combine so many colours and patterns together and bring it into one - exactly as you've done here. Looks great against the lounge.

Nayana said...

ohh..Karen this looks fab. really...I love the colors and you sew very well. I am in process of creating play area/family room in basement and I so badly need new cushions for that..wish I could sew like you:)

Gillian Olson said...

Lovely work,

Filip Demuinck said...

It looks very nice. Well done.

Greetings,
Filip

aseedinspired.com said...

Oh i love the look of it... And i think it is a great size.
Having 7kids I don't get to quilt like I used to...but i do love piecing a quilt together..
Loved seeing your art.
T

Andrea said...

The cushion am very fresh and colorful

Nadege, said...

How wonderfully creative of you to use the left over this way. The cushion looks lovely and a great match for the quilt.
I always wanted to do some quilting, don't really know where to start...maybe buying a sewing machine would help. :)

Emreen said...

Lovely choice of fabric... and what a lovely idea !!

thefisherlady said...

love your passion!

Carissa said...

Sooo pretty! I've been wanting to make pillow covers :) You have be even further inspired!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I love the combination of fabrics you chose! well done! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Love, love, love this! The colors and patterns just make me smile! I am in awe of you quilters. It is such a beautiful art. Thanks so much for sharing this today! :)

Jenni C's said...

love the colors and pattern of the fabric.... i have had a quilt picture up in my room..the whole year..something i cant wait to do...thanks for the inspiration...

Robin Norgren said...

The color choices are BEAUTIFUL!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I totally love your choice of colors and patterns. The stippling is perfection and give such a texture and feel to the quilt. YOU do such amazing work and have many GOD given talents.

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