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August 13, 2013

I had always planned to make some cushion covers with the fabric left over from my Window on the Forest quilt makes, but hadn’t quite got around to it.  I actually haven’t yet got around to finishing a 2nd version of the quilt itself either – the top is still waiting to be sandwiched and quilted after 2 months!  Ahem…

Looking at the left over pieces of fabric, I had enough of the deer and fox fabric to get two fussy cut 6 inch squares, so it seemed obvious to make a couple of cushions that used the same central panel design as I used in the quilts.  I wasn’t entirely sure I had enough of the other fabrics to make all the border pieces I’d need for two cushions, but I just squeezed it, with a bit of bias joining on one of the outer border pieces.

While thinking about the design and looking at the fabric, my eyes fell on a couple of scatter cushions on our couch, and it dawned on me that the colours of the fabrics would actually suit MY living room colour scheme of browns and duck egg!  So I’ve decided that these two cushion covers will be for me – hurrah!  Not only that, it also dawned on me that this might be a great opportunity to buy a little Kaffe Fassett shot cotton for the cushion backs – I’ve been wanting to try it for ages.  I ordered up a half metre in this colourway, which is actually quite a brown grey, and the blue in it is just lovely, it co-ordinates perfectly with the blues in the Timber & Leaf fabrics.  The fabric itself is so light and airy, I really am going to need to find a reason to use some more if it in other colours!

In half a day yesterday I did all the cutting out and piecing for the cushion fronts and got them pinned to some lovely silk wadding and a backing of quilter’s muslin.  I machine pieced too, which is something I don’t usually do – so quick, but a bit soulless.  I only had an hour or so spare to work on them today so have managed to baste one of them in a 2 to 3 inch grid.  I personally always baste my quilts with tacking thread because I’m a naturally clumsy person and need all the help I can get!  I recently tried hand quilting a very small piece that I’d used only basting pins on and I really didn’t get on with it.  Hand basting with a needle does take a bit of time, but for me it’s worthwhile.

Looking forward to working on these again tomorrow – especially starting the hand quilting, which I seem to be looking for an excuse to do all the time recently – I think that is just because I have finally ‘got it’.