Well Alice is settling in at uni, but she's missing Jasper and he's missing her too! Anyway, she asked me if I could make her a cushion with a picture of Jasper on it - and of course I was happy to help out! I chose some fabrics that I'd bought from the Festival of Quilts back in 2011 and hadn't used, as I really didn't know quite what to make with them. I really love this "doggy newspaper" fabric! This photograph of Jasper was printed onto an EQ printables fabric sheet, and after soaking and rinsing and drying flat, it was ready to use. I quickly rotary cut some pieces of fabric, and started to piece them together, using the quilt-as-you-go method...
...I added one of my labels to the front of the cushion rather than the back, and stitched it through all the layers of the quilting. Then I added the binding - I cut strips of fabric 2.5" wide, and used the double fold method. This was machined onto the front of the cushion, and was hand sewn to the back using ladder stitch - here you can see the mitred corners...
...the back of the cushion is made with some more of the "doggy newspaper" print and black/white polka dot fabric. A clever flap covers the zipper - this is a smart technique, and one that I now use for all my cushions!...
...this is the completed back of the cushion, showing the binding too - I'm really pleased with this and hope Alice will be pleased with it when I give it to her later today, as I'm off to Norwich for a shopping trip, and we're meeting up for lunch! Oh and if you want to see bigger pictures of this cushion, just click on any of the smaller ones to enlarge them!
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