A few months ago, a very special friend commissioned me to make a cushion for her sister-in-law's 50th wedding anniversary. She emailed me a wedding photograph, which was then printed out onto a sheet of EQ Printables - all the instructions are on the packet - which I purchased online from Cotton Patch here in the UK. I haven't made one of these "photo" cushions for ages, and I'd forgotten how much fun it was to delve into my box of cream and white fabrics, and choose some lace trimmings and vintage buttons for embellishments. I also designed a special label to applique on the front of the cushion with the date of both the wedding and the anniversary, and included a very fancy 50. This was then traced onto a piece of fabric using a lightpad and a Micron Pigma pen, ready to be hand embroidered using a skein of Cottage Garden Thread in a golden colour...
...once I'd pieced and quilted the front of the cushion, I stitched a few vintage buttons in place along with some lace trimming (I've learnt from past experience it's much easier to stitch the buttons on at this stage rather than when the cushion is completed). The hand embroidered label was machine appliqued onto the front of the cushion, and I added some lace trimming to one of my "quiltystuff" pre-printed labels that was stitched onto the back of the cushion. Two different fabrics were used for the back, a a zipper is covered by a flap from one of the fabrics. I stitched the front and the back of the cushion wrong sides together, and used a dnarrow double fold binding to cover all the raw edges. This gives a nice "frame" to the cover...
...and here's the compled cushion, filled with a nice plump inner. This was gifted at a special celebratory party at the weekend. Apaprently my friend's sister-in-law was absolutely thrilled to bits with it! I hope she enjoys having it as much as I enjoyed making it!
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