Friday, June 16, 2017

Windblown Cushion Cover

This little gem of a cushion or pillow cover was on my Q1 FAL list.  Oh well, the point is it's done, right? And I just love it! So summery.

I had plans to drive to my beloved Lakeside Park to do the photo shoot, but then I thought hmm, maybe there's a spot in our yard, rounded the back of the deck and spied this!  Like you'd think I had totally planned it, down to putting the begonia there.  Nope.  But I'll take it!

You saw the flimsy in my previous post.  This cushion is based on my Freefall and Windfall quilt pattern, but uses only four blocks of the half and half kind. There were a few choices I had to arrange the four...

It was hard to decide!  In the end I thought floating them on a large pinwheel would add to the twirling effect. I got the top together, complete with mitred corners, and called it a night.  Went upstairs the next morning to layer it and figure out a quilting plan...
Someone had laid claim to it! The cheek! If you look closely at the upper left corner by the migrating geese strips, you will see her very own perch, one of several, I might add, by a window, complete with her very own handmade by yours truly, cushion. She likes the new stuff.  Without fail.

Some of the quilting plan came to me no problem:
Loving the sheen of the Sulky white rayon.

The lines in the white areas in opposite directions I thought would look kind of cool.  Then I did flowing lines on the diagonal in the leaves themselves.  Finally the turquoise sections...hmmm. I was stumped for a bit, so I pulled out my trusty plexiglass and dry erase markers, brilliant idea of my friend Tish, and drew out a couple of thoughts:
What? No feathers? Maybe dot to dot then...meh...the continuous curve appealed to me.

Found some matching rayon thread by Gütermann, and off I went, just eye-balling the curves.  I went with three straight lines centred in the borders, and called it a night.
Managed to capture a quick shot of the back as the sun was setting.

Just as I was dropping off to sleep, zing! Into my head popped the idea, (but of course, Sandra!) of doing a flanged binding. Yes! So I did.
Perfect choice!
Here is the back, an envelope style, but I don't double the fabric layers.  I wouldn't have had enough fabric anyhow, ha!

I remembered to sew on my mmm! quilts label from Ikaprint AS I was sewing on the binding:

When I stitched down the flange, I used the turquoise rayon on the top.  I am not a fan of the line of stitching you get on the back when doing binding this way, although I sure am a fan of the look and the speed. I thought the white cotton Gütermann would show more on the back...what are the chances I'd have a salmon/rose colour to put in the bobbin... Chances were great! I stocked up on quite a variety of colours of Essential thread at one of Connecting Threads' sales. That is an affiliate link, so it is also my duty to let you know that clicking it will take you to the thread sale currently on (25% off so that means US$2.09 for a 1200 yard spool of 100% cotton, terrific thread) and I might mention that all their batting is 30% off as well. That's when I usually pick up a few packages of Hobbs, the brand they carry. Anyhow, threads:

You actually do get a bit of an idea of the sheen the rayon threads give in that photo.

In retrospect, I think a circle quilting motif would have been better for the spinning effect.  That thought struck me this morning when I went to do the binding, and I saw the finished cover sitting on my sewing table.  Maybe there's another one of these in my future!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Windblown, original design
Size:  after quilting 18.25"
Fabric: Recollection by Katarina Rocella (how I love her work) for Art Gallery Fabrics, Stof Fabrics in turquoise, Kona Snow
Batting: Warm n Natural
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads:  pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Sulky rayon, Gütermann rayon

Once I release the pattern, which will hopefully be in July, I will include instructions for making this pillow as well as both sizes of quilts.  If you haven't seen all the beautiful renditions of Freefall, go back one post or click here, and follow the links to gorgeous takes on my design!  If you fell behind in the QAL, you have until Sunday afternoon, 4 pm EST to link up your flimsy or your finished quilt to be eligible for some pretty sweet prizes. And if this is the first time seeing my Freefall pattern, all the steps to make the quilt are in the Freefall tab up top, and all the steps are available as free PDFs in my Craftsy store. 😊

Speaking of Sunday, and Craftsy, all things sweet, Craftsy is having a Supplies Sale from now until Sunday.  This is when I have scored some pretty sweet deals on kits and on fabric and yarns.  As always, thank you so much if you click through on my links to either Craftsy or Connecting Threads.

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  1. All your layouts are lovely, and the flange, perfect edging with those colours. My Gutterman Sulky is 100% cotton, but does have that shine. I used it on the flange, and my Bernina QE 440 likes all Gutterman threads. And no better perch for your fluffy girl than the new cushion top, even without the padding.

  2. Every choice you made turned out great. Yes, the photo setting seems like it was meant to be. Nicely done.

  3. LOVE it with the Pinwheels in the background!!

  4. Very cute pillow! I really like the colors you used and the flanged binding.

  5. I think you made the right decision going with the pinwheels, such a nice flow, the other choices were great too. Love the photo setting!

  6. Congrats on your Q1 pillow-better late than never I say!! Very pretty as a pillow, I like the pinwheel in the background.

  7. Bella knows a good thing when she sees it. Love the pillow and the setting is perfect.

  8. So fun seeing the different layouts with your split background. Darling pillow/cushion!

  9. I love that little peek of turquoise in the flange! Absolutely perfect. And don't you love the serendipity of having just the right color thread in your stash? You'll have to teach us exactly how you managed to get just the right color of begonia, though. That's true mastery of the matching arts :)

  10. Another gorgeous version of your lovely design. Makes me want, all the more, to sew this up, wish I'd been able to squeeze it in when you'd had the QAL! The quilting looks lovely - good choices :-)

  11. How delightful! I absolutely love it. What an awesome idea, and wouldn't it make a lovely gift?

  12. Oh that is lovely and I think the quilting is great - although another with circles is certainly worth a try.

  13. I love this pillow and your quilting is perfect. I can't wait for the pattern to come out.

  14. It's awesome. Sadly, I fell behind in the QAL. I hope to get back to it shortly.

  15. It is not just done, it is also pretty. Love your new label :-)

  16. A fabulous pillow! I am surprised Bella wasn't on the chair with the pillow :)