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Cotton, cotton chintz, percale or
polycotton in the following amounts for each cushion:
20cm of each print fabric - 2 navy blue, 2 light blue and 2 mid blue
20cm white fabric
43cm plain blue fabric for the border and back
38cm lightweight polyester wadding to pad the upper side of the cushion (optional)
38 x 38cm cushion pad
Stiff card, such as artists mounting card for the templates
Scissors and craft knife
Quilting needle (Betweens)
Dressmakers pen or chalk
Making the templates
Trace each of the eight templates shapes on to card. Carefully cut them out using a sharp craft knife (do not use scissors as they may distort the finished shape). Mark in the direction of the grain and number each of the templates.
Preparing the patchwork
Before cutting the patches, work out how many are needed in each colour, and cut out the border strips and cushion backs before cutting the smaller shapes to make sure the fabric is used economically. Allow 6mm around each patch for seams. Keep the patches separate in plastic bags labeled with the template number.
Borders and back
From the plain fabric, cut two vertical sections 8 x 40cm and two horizontal sections 8 x 28cm. Cut out the cushion back 45cm square, to match the borders.
Joining the patches
With right sides together, pin and stitch the cushion covers together in blocks, following the sequence outlined on diagram.
Joining the borders
Join the horizontal strips of the borders to the top and bottom of the patchwork, followed by the longer vertical strips to form the cushion sides. Press the finished patchwork.
Quilting and patchwork
If you want to quilt the patchwork, lay it wrong side down on the wadding and baste together with large tacking stitches. Thread a quilting needle with a toning thread and work small running stitches along all the seam lines, starting from the centre and working outwards. The borders can be quilted by working diagonal lines of stitches along each section.
You can also quilt along the seam lines with your sewing machine set the stitch length to slightly longer than normal, and sew carefully along the seams.
Assembling the cushion
Press the two cushion pieces and with right sides facing match up the cushion corners and pin in place. Baste and machine stitch around the cushion edge, leaving a central opening down one side large enough to insert the cushion pad. Turn right side out and press. Fit the pad into the patchwork cover and ease to fit. Slipstitch the cushion closed.
'Project submitted by Kimberley Merchant from Kimberley's Crafts'
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