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Over a year ago I snagged some really expensive soft furnishings fabric scraps from work (it had been used in a shoot) and vowed to make patchwork cushions out of it. The scraps have been languishing in a bag ever since, but this morning I decided to give it a try. Several hours and a LOT of sewing later, the cushion cover was made! It's a pillow-case design (I used this pattern).

This is the front (there are two pieces in every row but one, where there is three):

And here is the back:

I should have been a bit more exact with the measurements and stuff, and I did end up sticking a pin in my thumb and bleeding all over the place AND there was loads of fabric fluff all over the kitchen by the time I'd finished. But I did it! And I'm very pleased with the result.



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May. 3rd, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh it's lovely! I'm very impressed. I like patchworking but it takes me ages, I don't think I could do a cushion cover from start to finish in one day. Or at least, not if I wanted it to look as good as yours!
May. 3rd, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I didn't have to cut out every piece, though, as some of the scraps were of equal size - I had to do a lot of slightly wonky trimming, though. I have been meaning to try patchworking for ages but was kind of intimidated because everything I read about it (lots of references to mysterious things like blocks and special quilting pins) made it seem more complicated than I thought it was. So I thought I'd follow my instincts and give it a try - and it worked (I hope!). I was knackered by the time I finished, though. And I did nearly cry when I thought I'd triumphantly finished the final seam and then realised that the sewing machine bobbin had been emptied half way through and I had to wind a new load of thread on and do it again.

Have you made actual quilts? Are they as complicated as the books make them seam?
May. 4th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Quilting isn't really that complicated. For the patchwork part all you need is some cardboard, some fabric, a pair of scissors, needle and thread. Once you get to actually quilting your patchwork it gets a bit more complex. I've only ever quilted small bits of fabric to practice, never done a whole bed-sized piece. I suspect that must get quite fiddly.
May. 3rd, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
That looks lovely! I'm really impressed that you were able to do it in a single day - but even more by how it's turned out. Go you!

I hope your thumb isn't too sore!
May. 3rd, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Many thanks! And my thumb seems to have healed, although I managed to dig the pin into my knuckle, so it's still slightly sore every time I bend it...
May. 3rd, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
very pretty!
May. 3rd, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
May. 3rd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely lovely, and the fabric is gorgeous. I hope your thumb heals quickly!
May. 3rd, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks on both counts!
May. 3rd, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's SO pretty! You are clever!
May. 3rd, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I'm not sure I'm clever, though, as I actually sewed two big bits together the wrong way round, couldn't figure out how to rip the seam, and had to cut the sewn-together ends off in despair. Hopefully the dressmaking course that Miriam and I have just started will give me some more skills!
May. 4th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
So pretty!
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