CITY LIFE

Com­bine low vol­ume prints with a pop of pink in a dy­namic duo of cush­ions – they’ll pep up a quiet cor­ner of your home!

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - CONTENTS - BY SO­NIA SPENCE

Com­bine low vol­ume prints with a pop of pink in a dy­namic duo of cush­ions that’ll pep up your home!

YOU WILL NEED

■ Pink fab­ric: one (1) fat quar­ter

■ Black fab­ric: ¼yd

■ Print fab­ric: one (1) fat quar­ter

■ Back­ing fab­ric: one (1) fat quar­ter

■ Lin­ing fab­ric 18in square

■ 1/8in pip­ing cord: 1¾yds

■ Bat­ting: 16in square

■ 18in zip­per

FIN­ISHED SIZE

■ 15in square

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ Press seams open, un­less oth­er­wise in­structed.

■ RST = right sides together.

■ WOF = width of fab­ric.

■ HST = Half-square Tri­an­gle.

■ Low vol­ume fab­rics sup­plied by Art Gallery Fab­rics (art­gallery­fab­rics.com)

FAB­RICS USED

■ Print is City Sounds from the Raise the Vol­ume col­lec­tion by Art Gallery Fab­rics.

■ Solids are Kona Cot­ton Solids in Bright Pink and Black by Robert Kauf­man.

CUT­TING OUT

1

From the pink fab­ric cut:

■ One (1) 5½in square.

■ One (1) 12in square. Sub­cut di­ag­o­nally in each di­rec­tion to yield four (4) HSTs.

2

From the black fab­ric cut:

■ Two (2) 9½in x 1½in rec­tan­gles.

■ Two (2) 11½in x 1½in rec­tan­gles.

■ Two (2) 1½in x WOF strips for the piped bind­ing.

3

From the print fab­ric cut:

■ Two (2) 5½in x 2½in rec­tan­gles.

■ Two (2) 9½in x 2½in rec­tan­gles.

4

From the back­ing fab­ric cut:

■ One (1) 15½in x 12½in rec­tan­gle.

■ One (1) 15½in x 6in rec­tan­gle.

PIEC­ING THE CUSH­ION TOP

5

Place a print fab­ric 5½in x 2½in rec­tan­gle RST with the pink 5½in square, lin­ing up

FRAME THE HOT PINK DE­SIGN WITH A STYLISH PIPED BIND­ING IN JET BLACK FAB­RIC

the edges. Sew together and press seams to­wards the print fab­ric. Re­peat on the op­po­site edge with the sec­ond print fab­ric 5 in x 2 in rec­tan­gle.

6 in

Sew the two print fab­ric 9 in x 2 strips to the sides of the block.

7

Re­peat steps 5–6 with the four black fab­ric strips, con­tin­u­ing to press seams away from the cen­tre (Fig 1).

8

Take a pink HST and place RST with the cush­ion block, cen­tring the tri­an­gle on the edge. Sew in place and press the seam away from the cen­tre. Re­peat with a sec­ond HST on the op­po­site edge. Trim the cor­ners flush with the sides of the block (Fig 2).

9

Sew the re­main­ing HSTs to the sides and trim to 15 in square, cen­tring the block.

QUILT­ING THE CUSH­ION FRONT

10

Make a quilt sand­wich by plac­ing the lin­ing fab­ric right side down, the bat­ting on top, then place the cush­ion cen­trally and right side up. Baste the lay­ers together us­ing your pre­ferred method.

11

Quilt as de­sired. This cush­ion fea­tures straight line quilt­ing fol­low­ing the lines of the piec­ing, as well as an an­gu­lar spi­ral de­sign in the cen­tre. Square up the cush­ion top, trim­ming any ex­cess bat­ting and lin­ing fab­ric in line with the cush­ion top.

ADDING PIP­ING

12

Neatly sew the bind­ing strips together end to end us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Press the seams open and trim away any dog ears. Press in half and place the pip­ing cord in­side, lin­ing it right up against the fold. Pin se­curely in place.

13

Next, align the raw edges of the pip­ing with the cush­ion front, mak­ing sure the folded edge is fac­ing to­wards the cen­tre. Pin or clip in place, be­gin­ning in the cen­tre of one cush­ion side, and leav­ing a 6in tail (Fig A). Curve the pip­ing at each cor­ner, care­fully clip­ping the fab­ric within the seam al­lowance to ease around the curve. Leave an­other 6in tail at the other end of the pip­ing cord.

14

Care­fully pull the pip­ing cord away from the ends of the bias bind­ing. Sew the two ends together us­ing a di­ag­o­nal seam, and trim away the ex­cess fab­ric. Trim the pip­ing cord to fit (Fig B) then pin it back in place. Neatly sew the pip­ing to the cush­ion front – us­ing a zip­per foot will help you to sew close to the cord, giv­ing your cush­ion a more pro­fes­sional fin­ish.

MAK­ING THE CUSH­ION BACK

15 in

Take the back­ing fab­ric 15 in x 12 rec­tan­gle and press one long edge un­der by 1in. Un­zip the zip and place right side up on your work sur­face. Place the back­ing fab­ric on top, also right side up, with the folded edge un­der the zip teeth. The zip will over­hang at each end. Sew in place, us­ing a zip­per foot.

16

Close the zip­per. Take the sec­ond back­ing fab­ric piece and place RST, match­ing the top edge of the fab­ric with the edge of the zip. Sew in place. Press the back­ing fab­ric away from the zip.

17

Move the zip pull into the cen­tre of the cush­ion. Baste the ends of the zip, back­stitch­ing at each end. Snip the ex­cess zip tape at each side and trim the cush­ion back to 15 in square.

FIN­ISH­ING THE CUSH­ION

18

Un­zip the zip­per on the cush­ion back. Place the cush­ion front and back RST. Pin in place. Sew around the edges, us­ing a zip­per foot to sew close to the pip­ing cord. Turn right side out and press to fin­ish.

BOLD BLOCKS OF PINK AGAINST A TWIN­KLING STARRY FAB­RIC MAKE A STRIK­ING COMBO

FAB­RICS USED

■ Print is Twin­kling Tune from the Raise the Vol­ume col­lec­tion by Art Gallery Fab­rics.

■ Solids are Kona Cot­ton Solids in Bright Pink and Black by Robert Kauf­man.

CUT­TING OUT

1

From the pink fab­ric cut:

■ One (1) 5½in square.

■ Two (2) 12in x 2½in rec­tan­gles.

2

From the black fab­ric cut:

■ Two (2) 12in x 1½in rec­tan­gles.

■ Two (2) 1½in x WOF strips for the pip­ing.

3

From the print fab­ric cut:

■ Two (2) 12in x 2½in rec­tan­gles.

■ Four (4) 5½in squares.

4

From the back­ing fab­ric cut:

■ One (1) 15½in x 12½in rec­tan­gle.

■ One (1) 15½in x 6in rec­tan­gle.

PIEC­ING THE CUSH­ION TOP

5

Take a 10in strip in each colour and lay in the or­der black, pink then print. Sew along the long edges to join the three strips together. Press the seams to­wards the darker colours. Re­peat with the re­main­ing three strips of fab­ric.

6

Sub­cut each strip set into two 5½in pieces to make four blocks (Fig A).

7

Ar­range your strip blocks with the pink and print 5½in squares, re­fer­ring to the Lay­out Di­a­gram for place­ment. Sew together into three rows, press­ing the seams in each row into al­ter­nate di­rec­tions. Join the rows together to com­plete cush­ion front.

QUILT­ING AND FIN­ISH­ING

8

Fol­low steps 10–18 of the pre­vi­ous cush­ion in­struc­tions to quilt, add pip­ing, assem­ble the back and fin­ish the cush­ion. Once com­plete, pop a cush­ion pad in­side each cush­ion cover and en­joy!

Fig 1 Fig 2

Lay­out Di­a­gram

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