It started with the Tidal Lace fabric which I bought last winter to make pillowcases. I wanted the panel to be the vertical edge of each pillowcase. The first surprise was that this fabric is an aqua to coral ombré, and coral is not really in my wheelhouse. Still I love loved the fabric, so I bought it. The second surprise was that 2 yards would not make pillowcases the way I had envisioned.
They say to keep your brain young and vibrant, you must use it much like keeping your body in shape, exercise. Well I did a marathon. My brain thanks me.
First I googled pillowcase images. Millions of hits. Hit "Custom" (who knew you could do that?) and voilà! I saw really interesting pillowcases, the first few of which had either a monogramme, or an image of some kind, centred on the case, not on the band! Lightbulb. What if I centred the panel area on the main part of the pillowcase?
|It took a bit of courage to make these cuts!|
I trimmed 2 1/4" off the selvage side of the panel, and left 6" on the opposite side.
|Success! I now had a 26.5 X 41" panel|
|Laid down a Kona Snow strip for the band. Yep! I'm liking it...kinda...|
|Traced one of the starfish from the panel, put a piece of batting under the fabric, loaded Isacord, and went to town.|
|Guest room. The more I see this in there, the more I think we should have painted the master this colour and not the pale green and grey we did...|
|See the horizontal lacy edge? :-)|
|To some oncoming walkers, two pibbles and a rottie can cause a reaction like the parting of the Red Sea...|
Somehow I got the waves fabric going as the main fabric, not the Tidal Lace. By the time that dawned on me (what happened to your marathon-running brain? you wonder...me too) I was committed to this cushion cover. No problem. This one is going in the guest room and those Tidal Lace pillowcases are going on MY bed in the master bedroom, so I will create TWO cushion covers to cover the boring chocolate brown cushions on our bed, and I should have enough to make two, right? Went to the panel, thought a bit more, and cut out two 8.5" squares as the starting point for the two new cushion covers for my bed. Realized, um yeah, guess I now am making three cushion covers...
|Thinking maybe offset with log cabin strips surrounding them...or hourglass blocks beside these with strips above and below...hmm|
So the 4-patches and 4.5" squares were okay, but only measured 12" and I needed 18" for my cover. I did not take pictures for this building process, and I should have. I decided to do a white lattice between the units. It brought me to 14". No problem; I created a 2.5" by varying widths striped final border: 18.5". Yes. No. Houston, we had a problem. It was like my stomach feels, not bubbles of excitement, but the feeling I get on twirling rides like merry-go-rounds, blechh, when I looked at the 4.5", 4-patches, and 2.5" borders all smooshed together. The quilt said, nooo. So I added a narrow 1/2" white border. A bit better. It now said it needed a frame of sorts, darker. Enter the teal. Yessss. Now the problem is that it measures 20.5". I like my cushions stuffed, firm, not floppy, kind of like a pair of jeans. They must fit, not sag, especially on the rear end, right? I did not know how to solve this dilemma, other than trimming off an inch of the 2.5" border, and that did not look right, nor did I want to lose any. When faced with a problem, quilt: (notice one L separates the word "quit" from "quilt"?!!) Ditch-stitched and then put on the free-motion foot:
|Following the waves; too much fun!|
|Time to make the call. To trim or not to trim. Laid it down, stepped back, and this happened. But of course!|
Bella said, "It's lovely! Can I have it? Purrr-ease? You forgot to bring my cat cushion you do know." Well, she is right, I forgot her little pouffe, but no way was I giving this baby to her, although I guess I should make her a little princess-type cushion... Bottom line, I couldn't trim it. Lightbulb. We have some more brown cushions that came with our couch that are brown and red and ivory. Not a fan anymore, want lighter brighter colours here. Would this cushion cover fit those??
Like I was making them (hey, what do I mean, 'them'; I was making ONE cushion cover for the taupe ugly cushion in the guest room! ONE! I signed up for ONE on the Q1 list! Now I'm making...let's see...freaking FIVE?!! or is it six? SIX!!!! I guess, if you count one for Bella)...sigh, anyhow, it fit like I was making them for the two couch cushions all along.
|The waves are lined up pretty awesome, no?! And yep the back is pieced too. Didn't have a wide enough leftover of the waves fabric for a good 5-6" overlap, so I used leftovers from the backing of Parisville Weave.|
Sidenote #2: I do my backs much like Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts does, with the exception of not using a double-layer for each side of the back. Must try that. This works just fine, and I have cushion covers that are 15 years old or more that have stood up very well.
Covering the boring brown and red cushion:
|Do not point out the earth-tones striped bottom cushion, nor the similar reddish-brown lanai cushions for these chairs. Don't.|
|I know which chair I like best!|
|This starfish is quite a bit smaller than those on the pillowcases, so I didn't do as much detail. I love it. I loved doing all the FMQ on here. Am I falling in love with mini-sized quilts?|
Pattern: original design
Size: 20.5" square
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% cotton
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann, quilted with Isacord 100% polyester #4230 in 40 wt, and Essential from Connecting Threads (really love this thread, new to me, no affiliation) 100% cotton 50 wt in white.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and TGIFF, and Quilting is More Fun Than Housework on Sunday for Oh Scrap!
AND with She Can Quilt for the Q1 FAL party!
'What are you going to make for the second brown and red cushion cover?' you are wondering, I know. I already have one started. Similar, but not too matchy-matchy. Serendipity: there just happens to be one in Camille Roskelley's book Simplify, that I got out of the library again yesterday!
|Always wanted to do a Plus Quilt. May as well do a mini!|