# CUSHION

YOU WILL NEED

■ Thirteen (13) fat quarters (see ‘Fabrics Used’ section of quilt instructions for colours)

■ Backing fabric: 1/2 yd

■ Lining fabric: 24in square

■ Batting: 24in square

FINISHED SIZE

■ 18in square

CUTTING OUT

1 From Fabric A cut:

■ Twelve (12) 2 1/2 in squares.

■ Four (4) 3 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in rectangles.

■ Six (6) 3in squares, then cut each square on the diagonal to create twelve triangles.

2 From each of the fabrics B, C, I, J, L and O, cut four (4) 3in squares, and then cut each square on the diagonal to create eight half-square triangles.

3 From Fabric F cut four (4) 3in squares, then cut each square on the diagonal to create eight triangles. You will only use seven of these half-square triangles.

4 From Fabric N cut three (3) 3in squares, then cut each square on the diagonal to create six half-square triangles.

5 From each of Fabrics D, E and K, cut two (2) 3in squares. Cut each square on the diagonal to create four half-square triangles.

6 From Fabric H cut two (2) 1 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in rectangles. Cut three (3) 3in squares, then cut each square on the diagonal to create six half-square triangles. You will only use five of these triangles.

7 From Fabric O cut three (3) 1 1/2 in x 2 1/2 rectangles.

8 From each of Fabrics B and J cut two (2) 1 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in rectangles.

9 From each of Fabrics C and E cut one (1) 1½in x 2½in rectangle.

10 From the backing fabric cut two (2) 18½in x 13in rectangles.

CUSHION TUTORIAL STEPS

11 Follow Steps 15–17 of the quilt instructions on page 48 to piece the HSTs. Use the triangles cut from your 3in squares and refer to the Cushion Layout Diagram for colour placement. Trim each HST to 2½in square.

12 Arrange your HSTs, 1½in x 2½in coloured rectangles and remaining background pieces, referring to the Layout Diagram for placement.

13 To make a Rail Fence block. Join a 1½in x 2½in rectangle to one side of each of three HSTs (Fig A). Join these units in a column (Fig B), then join the column to a 3½in x 6½in background rectangle (Fig C).

14 Make four Rail Fence blocks. Join the remaining squares and HSTs in nine patch units (Fig 1). Join the nine-patch units and Rail Fence blocks in rows. Join the rows together to complete the cushion top.

15 Make a quilt sandwich by placing the 24in square lining fabric right side down, the batting on top, then centre the completed cushion top right side up. Baste the layers together.

16 Quilt as desired. Joanna quilted straight vertical lines.

17 Trim excess batting and backing and square up the cushion front.

18 Take the two 18½in x 13in rectangles for the cushion back. On one 18½in edge of each rectangle, press under ¼in seam twice to conceal the raw edge. Topstitch carefully in place.

19 Place the quilted cushion front right side up. Place one backing rectangle right side down on top of it, lining up the raw edges and having the hemmed edge run through the centre of the cushion front. Place the remaining backing rectangle on the opposite edge of the cushion front with the hemmed edges overlapping in the centre. Pin in place.

20 Sew around the outer edge. Backstitch where the backing rectangles overlap for extra strength on these seams. Clip the corners and turn the cushion right side out.