Thursday, 29 May 2014

Quick and Easy Cushion

Right then, here are the pictures I promised to help you make a quick and easy cushion cover.
This works whether you are using one piece of fabric or a patchwork block.

This is the Hexigon one I made up.
And
As I didn't think to take pics as I went along
I've made up a smaller cushion cover as a sample.
So
Cut your piece of fabric or block for your cushion front to your own size.

For example for a 15" cushion  I would cut a fabric/block 16"
That gives you half an inch for the seams.

To make a cushion with an Oxford edge (as in my hexie cushion above)
add aprox four inches so 15" cushion cut fabric/block 19"  

 Next roughly cut a piece of thin wadding/batting 
bigger than the block. Lay fabric/block on top of the wadding.
At this point add any quilting, embroidery or embellishments.
It's easier to do at this point and attaches the fabric to the wadding. 
Trim down the wadding/batting to the size of your fabric/cushion front.


Now cut two pieces of fabric for the back of your cushion.
They need to be bigger than the cushion front.
You can roughly cut them on three sides but one long edge on each piece
needs to be straight.
Because
This is the edge you are going to neaten and will become the back opening.

On both pieces of backing fabric.
Press over about a quarter of an inch along the long straight edge.
Than press over again so you now have a neat edge.
Stitch along this edge

Lay the two backing pieces down with the right sides up
The one at the top of the picture should be
overlapping the bottom one by about 3"
 Lay your cushion front face down onto the back of your cushion
(right sides together)

Pin or tack in place
 and stitch around the entire square.


Trim away the excess backing fabric

 Back of cushion after cutting back and before turning through.
Turn your finished cushion cover through to the front
To finish
Give your cushion a good press.

And your done
UNLESS
you were making the bigger one with the Oxford edge,
in which case you would have cut the block bigger to start with (see above for measurements).

You  create the Oxford edge once the cushion has been turned through.
Simply sew a second line of stitching aprox 2" in from the edge
of the cushion. I find it best to stitch this in two parts.

Firstly (see above) stitch from just under the cushion flap
on the bottom edge to just under the cushion flap at the opposite edge.

And then,
 Stitch aprox 2" from the edge around the top half of the cushion
From pin to pin (see pic below) leaving aprox 1"-2" gap where the backing fabrics overlap, otherwise it starts getting difficult
to put your cushion into the cushion cover.
I've used a contrast thread here so you can see where I've stitched.
But you would be using a coordinating one.
Job done.

Friday, 23 May 2014

BeginnersGuide to Quilting Book - Update

A quick update for any of you looking to buy the book from my last post
Beginner's Guide to Quilting. I've been reliably informed (twice) that the book is not available in Asda Llansamlet/Morriston at the moment, which is where Gaynor got it from last week.

You may find it in W.H. Smith. But I think the easiest thing to do is order it online using the link from yesterdays post. It's the same price and p&p is included.

I ordered my copy yesterday - I'll let you know how long delivery takes..........

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Lively Class

Well, we had a very lively class this morning. The girls from the Pontrhydyfen Quilting Group visited us.

I think having them there may have confused me somewhat, as when I emptied my bags after class I found two sets of the Clover Templates. Which means I've picked up my own and someone elses.  Please let me know if it's you.

Next here is the link the the book we are going to be using in Thursday class.
Beginner's Guide to Quilting   

 Beginners Guide to Quilting
You can look through the book on-line before you buy.
This brand new out book is very up to date. Uses lots of the techniques I already use. Is full of useful information, along with some lovely projects and is going to make the perfect class partner I think.

I've got to give my copy back to my friend Gaynor, so I've just ordered myself a copy - and - well I did mention this morning that books and handbags are my weakness. You can never have to many books or handbags I think.  And when I saw this books bigger sister Pro Guide to Quilting , I may have pressed the buy now button! Well, by next year we might have progressed enough to go pro! And I need to be prepared.

And if any of you out there in Blogland want to join in with our projects that would be great too.


I think that's enough info for now. And when I've had a lay down in a dark room to recover from this morning, I'll take some pictures of how to put the hexagon cushion (or any cushion) together and post them over the next few days.

Meanwhile, Yours in Stitches, Joy


Monday, 19 May 2014

Paper pieced Tumbling Block

Continuing playing with English Paper Piecing
I give you
A basic Tumbling Block
Sew, starting with three 60 degree diamond shapes
in three different shades/patterns of green (choose any colour you like) 
Using the same technique as we did for the hexegons,
stitch the fabric over the papers.
Then 
Stitch two of the diamonds into a V shape

And to complete the tumbling block
Stitch the third diamond into the V 
This is the wrong way to place your diamond onto your fabric! 
We had great fun last Thursday. Everyone used the same template I had used,
and cut their fabrics the same size as mine.
But
One of the ladies (who shall remain nameless) I don't want to embarrass her
 though I was left red faced by this!!! 
So anyway, one nameless lady called me over as she had a problem. 
She had laid her template onto her fabric.
But the fabric piece was too short - there was not enough to fold over at the points of the template.
See pic above
Now I'd only made my tumbling block the day before - I couldn't understand what was wrong.
My measurements were right - the template was the right size!!!
I even began taking my sample piece apart to find out what was wrong.
Then, one of the newbies - Ann - pointed out the template was placed in the wrong direction on the fabric.
Phew - panic over.
Thank you Ann.
That's the way to do it!
I thought it was well worth sharing with you though.
Just so you don't do what we did, or if you do,
you'll remember this and know to change the direction of the diamond.  

 Peggy has organised her Hexagon 'squares' in have lovely compartmentalized box.
Ann has become addicted to stitching hexagons
and is quickly adding to her growing collection of
Grandmothers Flower Garden blocks. 

I think lots of  Paper Pieced cushions are going to be appearing soon.
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Phew....

What a busy week....
We went to Bath (shopping & lunch) and
Radstock Museum - Quilt Exhibition
We all really enjoyed the wonderful display of work
from Midsomer Quilting
This was my favourite quilt.
 A few of us only managed lunch in Bath
had to skip the shopping!
It was a double celebration.
Lunch in Bath and a Wedding breakfast for
Judith's son who was getting married in
sunny climes that day.
(Judith - bottom left)
 Thursday morning my new
Joyofquilting Class
as you can see lots of work and tea/coffee
and hexies galore.
 This was a little hexie pincushion I made to showcase the hexagons.
 Remember Win's hexie flower last week?
Well, this week she is busy stitching hexies for a cushion - I think!
I got this in the post.
Gwent Quilters are holding a Quilt Exhibition
6-7th June
at Lysaght Institute, Newport, NP19 ORA
Admission Free
sew
Well worth a visit if your in the South Wales area. 

I've been making tumbling blocks ready for 
Joyofquilting Class (pics soon)

Just to finish off
To anyone coming with us to Malvern Quilt Show on Friday
Remember
New pick up point
Other end of Win's Street 8.35a.m.

We haven't had anything to sing along to for a little while,
Let me go see what I can find for you.....
Oh yes, this week it has to be....
and it's a long one, over eight minutes
BUT
It's so moving and uplifting.
It made me cry when I first saw it last weekend
and it made me cry again when I just watched it for you...
And I have to say, we don't do bad for talent in Port Talbot - Simply brilliant
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

No Monday class this week - it was a Bank Holiday.
But
It was first Tuesday today - our monthly 'Sit & Sew' morning.
And
Out came the hexegons......


Win was very proud of her 'Grandmothers flower' she completed this morning

Judith brought in the two Hexie sewing kits she has made.
The one on the left is out of the 'Quilting on the Go' book
by Jessica Alexandrakis.
And
The one on the right is my Hexie Handbag Kit 

And as Judith has become addicted to hexagons
she is now putting together some for a cushion.
And that's not all - she also plans a baby quilt and  the Tanuki  stripe throw 
out of her 'Quilting on the Go' book.
If you click on the pink Quilting on the go link you can 'look inside' this book 
and see the Tanuki stripe throw! 

Meanwhile I've been busy plotting and planning for my 2nd
Joyofquilting class this Thursday,
which may involve a six sided template;)

Off to do more plotting now,
Yours in Stitches, Joy








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