HOL­I­DAY BRIGHTS

Cre­ate a Dresden cir­cle with fresh greens and pretty pinks for a fes­tive cush­ion with a mod­ern twist

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - PROJECTS - By Kristyne Czepuryk

Get re­freshed with Kristyne Czepuryk’ colour-burst cush­ion in pat­tern-pumped dresden blades with an ap­peal­ing cir­cu­lar cen­tre

IF YOU’RE AFTER SOME­THING MORE SUB­DUED, TRY A MIX OF SOFT GREYS WITH A POP OF PINK

YOU WILL NEED

■ Dresden blade fab­rics: twenty

(20) 4in x 6in rec­tan­gles

■ Dresden cen­tre fab­ric:

5in square

■ Cush­ion front fab­ric: 16in square

■ Cush­ion back fab­ric: one (1) fat quar­ter

■ Bind­ing fab­ric: ¼yd

■ Bat­ting: 16in x 32in

■ Zip: 15in

FIN­ISHED SIZE

■ 15½in square

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ RST = right sides to­gether.

■ WOF = width of fab­ric.

■ For tem­plates, see p85.

FAB­RICS USED

■ Print fab­rics are from the First Ro­mance col­lec­tion by Kristyne Czepuryk for Moda Fab­rics.

■ Solid fab­ric is Nat­u­ral from the Es­sex Li­nen col­lec­tion by Robert Kauf­man.

CUT­TING OUT

1 From each of the Dresden Blade fab­ric rec­tan­gles, us­ing the tem­plate, cut one (1) blade.

2 From the Dresden cen­tre fab­ric cut one (1) 4in di­am­e­ter cir­cle.

3 From the bat­ting cut:

■ One (1) 3½in di­am­e­ter cir­cle.

■ One (1) 11in di­am­e­ter cir­cle.

■ One (1) 16in square.

4 From the cush­ion back fab­ric cut one (1) 7in x 15½in rec­tan­gle and one (1) 10in x 15½in rec­tan­gle.

5 From the bind­ing fab­ric cut two (2)

2½in x WOF strips.

MAK­ING THE DRESDEN CIR­CLE

6 Fold one of the Dresden blade fab­ric pieces in half length­wise, RST. Sew along the top short edge, us­ing a ¼in seam and clip the folded cor­ner (Fig 1). Turn the

blade right side out, press­ing the top into a point, with the seam pressed open (Fig 2). Re­peat with the re­main­ing twenty (20) blade fab­ric pieces.

7

Take two (2) blades and put them RST. Sew along one long edge, be­gin­ning ¼in down from the top (Fig 3). Sew a few re­in­forc­ing stitches at the start of the seam to se­cure. Press the seam to one side.

8

Re­peat step 7 to sew the re­main­ing blades to­gether in pairs (Fig 4). Then sew the pairs to­gether to com­plete the Dresden cir­cle (Fig 5).

QUILT­ING THE CUSH­ION FRONT

9

Fold the cush­ion front fab­ric in half in both di­rec­tions and crease to mark the cen­tre of the fab­ric. Un­fold and cen­tre the 11in bat­ting cir­cle on top. Cen­tre the Dresden cir­cle on top of the bat­ting, us­ing the crease marks to align the cir­cle. Pin in place, se­cur­ing the fab­ric cir­cle and bat­ting to the cush­ion front.

10

Quilt a cir­cle, 1/8in from the inside points of the Dresden cir­cle. The quilt­ing al­lows the blade points to lift up, cre­at­ing the three-di­men­sional ef­fect.

11

Layer the 3½in bat­ting cir­cle and 4in fab­ric cir­cle on top of the cush­ion front. Pin in place.

12

Hand ap­pliqué the cir­cle in place, turn­ing the raw edge un­der­neath the bat­ting cir­cle as you work.

13

Place the cush­ion front on top of the

16in square of bat­ting and quilt around the cen­tre cir­cle to com­plete the three­d­i­men­sional ef­fect. Trim the cush­ion front to

15½in square to com­plete.

FIN­ISH­ING THE CUSH­ION

14

Place the zip RST along one long edge of the 7in x 15½in cush­ion back rec­tan­gle. Sew in place us­ing a zip­per foot. Press the fab­ric away from the zip, and top­stitch along the fold.

15

Place the un­sewn edge of the zip along one long edge of the 10in x 15½in cush­ion back rec­tan­gle, RST. Sew, press and top­stitch as be­fore.

16

Trim the zip­pered panel to 15½in square. Then place the cush­ion front on top, wrong sides to­gether. Baste around the outer edges.

17

Sew the two bind­ing strips to­gether, us­ing a di­ag­o­nal seam. Press the seam open, then press the strip in half length­wise. Sew to the front of the cush­ion, fold­ing a mitre at each cor­ner. Fold over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to fin­ish.

Mix and match bright fab­rics for a wheel of colour

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