Yesterday I shared some pictures of my latest project, a cushion that has been made with a selection of neutral coloured scraps from my fabric box. The pattern is actually "Waverley Bag" by Leanne Beasley, but as you can see I've made a "Waverley Cushion". This has been made with a variety of techniques - machine piecing, hand applique (using the applique paper and gluestick method) and hand embroidery, using beautiful hand-dyed Valdani Threads (these were part of the Thread Club, organised by Lynette Anderson designs). Today I've machine quilted the cushion front. This was layered with cotton wadding and backing, using 505 spray to baste the layers together. King Tut quilting thread in a variegated cream was used, together with a Schmetz Topstitch needle size 70. I quilted around the mini-blocks stitch-in-the-ditch first, then stitched around the centre squares, and finally around the appliqued daisies and hearts...
...I also embroidered a "label" on the back of the cushion, based on a design from Leanne's book "Living The Dream" again stitched with a hand-dyed Valdani thread. Then I inserted a zipper, using a tried and trusted method that I learnt many years ago at school. I was going to write a tutorial for this, but found one that uses exactly the same method, over here on this blog S.O.T.A.K Handmade. A single-fold binding was added to keep everything looking neat, and then it was time for a quick photoshoot outside in the garden...
...and here's the completed cushion. This looks fabulous on my bed with a pile of other neutral coloured cushions. It's my peaceful haven!
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