If you have made one of these quilts and you make the half square triangles (HST) as shown in the pattern you will know by the end of piecing the quilt top that you will have absolutely loads and loads of HST left over! They measure approx. 2.5" inches
A little bit like this
I have been wondering what to do with all the HST for a while now and I decided it was about time I did something with them, So on Saturday evening at about 9pm I got the
bright urge to make some cushions! I then proceeded to spend the rest of the evening sewing searching for ideas on a design. I saw some great photos and found lots of inspiration but to be honest I have no idea where I got this particular idea from as I looked at so many different photos and blogs. What I have found out is that I think the pattern I settled on is called “Raising the Barn”. Please let me know if I am completely wrong.
So at about 11pm I sat down with my
design board poster boards covered in batting and my HST I came up with a layout that I liked, and I was going to say I whipped it up in no time, but that’s not true at all, I was tired and went to bed, and started sewing the next day. And this is what I ended up with……………
I used the Zippered Pillow Back Tutorial by Amy who blogs over at Amy Made That and if your interested my new blogging friend Chrissie who blogs over at Made by Chrissied also has a great Cushion /Pillow Tutorial it is a little bit different and uses double sided fusible to attach the zip into place to make it easier to sew, I am sure if you are zip challenged like I am then this will certainly help you. I added a bright turquoise zip to contrast with the zip flap on the cushion which I forgot to photograph! For the quilting I sewed two diagonal lines across from each corner.
I am pretty pleased with the way this cushion turned out as it matches my swoon quilt beautifully.
The cushion insert for my pillow is a duck feathered filling, 20x20 inches, from Ikea, if you need cushions this is the place to buy them, they are pretty cheap too at $6.99. I can’t wait for another trip to Ikea to buy more. Luckily when I was there last time I bought a few!