Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Cathedral Window Cushion Tutorial

Cathedral window patchwork cushion - this is a hand sewing project.

This cushion finishes at 18" square.
You need 25 x 8" squares for the background.. 1.25 metres should be enough.
1 metre of fabric for the ruffle and cushion back
A cushion pad.

Start by folding over a 1/4" on all sides and press.

Fold in half and press, then fold the opposite way and press.  We want crease lines here.

Fold each corner into the center and press. Aim for nice sharp points on each corner.

Next, flip the square over and fold each corner into the center again.

It should look like this now.

Keep going until you have a stack of 25.   If you wanted to make a smaller cushion, 16 squares will give you a 14" cushion.

Using your thread doubled, secure the points with some small stitches.

The square on the left is the front and the square and on the right is the back.

Now take 2 squares with right sides together and over sew together.  Use your thread doubled for extra strength.   Don't worry too much about your stitching here as this won't bee seen.

Sew all your squares together in this way.
Now its time to add the windows.
You will need a selection of 2" squares.

                                                            I've used colourful  batiks.

Pin, opposite sides and work a running stitch, neatly, very neatly if you are using a contrasting thread!

                                       Just keep going until you have filled all the boxes.

Now for the frill.  You need double the length of each side.  Cut 5" strips, join together, fold over and press.  Its just like making binding.  If you wanted a smaller ruffle, simply cut your strips narrower.
Sewing it on is similar to adding binding except a small pleat is added every inch or so.
I did a previous tutorial, which you can find here  Don.t forget to fold over your ends at the start and finish of adding your ruffle.  This will be hand stitched together at the end.

Pause with the needle in the down position ( if your machine has that function, otherwise do it manually),of the previous pleat, and make the next pleat.  Continue all the way around.  At the corners, make a pleat as close to the corner as you can, turn the corner and immediately make another pleat.

Before the backing is added, pin the ruffle at the corner neatly so as not to catch it when stitching down the backing.
For the backing cut two rectangles the width of the cushion and about 12" long.  Fold and hem the width of cushion edge on one side of each piece.  With right sides together, pin the top piece first and stitch, then add the second piece.  Turn right side out and add a cushion pad.

A quilt made using this method would not need wadding or backing.  Something I've yet to do...........

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions then please get in touch.


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Pinwheels Baby Quilt

I have been commissioned to make 2 baby quilts so I got to work on them this week.
For the first one I decided to go with the traditional pinwheel block.

Sorry I forgot to take photos of it before quilting which I usually like to do. The quilt measures 32" x 36" and my pinwheel blocks finished at 6.5".   I used a thick 6oz polyester wadding.  It is light weight but gives a nice puffiness to the less densely quilted areas.

                                             This photo was taken under artificial light.

I decided to work little feathers in the plain cream parts and just an echo line on the feature fabric.  It gives a very textured look.

Luckily the sun came out one morning and I was able to get these shots.  Natural light is so much better.

This is the back of the quilt.

All I have to do is bind this now and its finished.  I've already started on quilt #2.  I am doing friendship star blocks for that one.  Got a good start on the top yesterday but I'll show you more in my next post.
Enjoy your weekend.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Owl Baby Quilt

Last Friday I started this little baby quilt with owls as the theme.

It is the same owl design I did for my owl cushions.
Remember these?

 I simply put them on a tree with a few leaves and left lots of space for quilting.  I kept the borders simple so as not to detract from the owls. It took me a whole day of sewing ( at least 8 hours) to do all the cutting and machine applique.
Its ready for quilting now and I decided to take my big Janome off the frame and do this one on the table top. I thought my lack of working area on the frame would hinder my feathers in the center.

I used a thick 6 oz polyester wadding/batting.  It is about an inch thick but flattens out once quilted and it makes the feather plumes nice and puffy.
Bit close with the camera here but you can see how thick the wadding is.
Freehand feathers

Simple stippling in the background makes the leaves and feathers 'pop'.

I wasn't sure how to quilt the tree but I think I've managed to give it a bark like texture.

                                                                    Quilting complete.

I rounded off the corners and finished with green binding.
Now, whats next?
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