Thursday, 30 August 2012

Beauty is You cushion

Here's a little comfort stitching project I have been working on recently. 
You will probably remember how excited I was by Cori Dantini's Beauty Is You fabric line. I was desperate to do something with it, so taking one of our FQ bundles I embarked on a little EPP.
I've recently started teaching my classes again, and one of the first was a half day in English Paper Piecing. I've taught this before with hexagons, but after seeing the beautiful work that Tasha and Brioni were doing at the FQ retreat I decided to make something a little more intricate to inspire my students.
And looking through my retreat copy of Fat Quaterly I found Brioni's EPP placemat pattern along with templates that I could just print out! A whole sheet full of them! So much easier than drawing around one and cutting out a hundred times (I am so old-school).
But I really wanted a pattern that was a bit more continuous, and then I came across Katy's gorgeous Spring Carnival cushion and realised I could make this using the same FQ templates by omitting the diamond. I printed the templates on to some thin card and off I went!
This was such a lovely, enjoyable project and the fabric works so well. I have never made ANYTHING using one fabric line before! But I think this is such an original collection that it deserves to be seen together as the artist intended.
I loved fussy cutting the ladies and flowers for the hexagons too
And then, of course, I had to hand quilt it. I can never bring myself to machine quilt anything that has been hand pieced - it just seems wrong!
So I got my perle 8's out and used them to accentuate the circles that the pattern had made. With smaller stitches I picked out the pretty ladies and flowers.
I have recently taken a huge plunge and finally upgraded my poor old basic Brother sewing machine for a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.
OMG, what a difference!! I totally LOVE it, and that's before I have even tried the machine quilting/FMQ!
But I did tackle piping and button holes to gives this cushion a few extra touches. That's Kaufman Essex Linen in natural on the back (as recommended by VeryKerryBerry!). I have this in stock now (in the Edinburgh shop, but coming to the website soon) with unbleached and grey arriving very soon.

25 comments:

  1. so so beautiful! You're right about the handquilting - it would be wrong to machine quilt EPP!

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  2. This is a beautiful cushion

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  3. Just beautiful...love the fabric and the hand quilting is the perfect touch!

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  4. It's such a beautiful line, this. It's perfect for your cushion and congrats on your new machine!

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  5. Well done hand quilting certainly is nicer isn't it? I don't like that really large stitching that you see so much of though at the moment.

    What a lovely cushion that is, you have made it beautifully.

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  6. Ooh, Jo, that's fab thanks for providing all the inspirational links, hope it's ok to Pin it for my next holiday project

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  7. absolutely stunning! So pretty and I love the quilting!

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  8. It is absolutely gorgeous, Jo! I love the fact that you hand quilted it as well.
    I'm working on a Spring Carnival quilt and love that hand stitching is so therapeutic.

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  9. Oh! It's absolutely beautiful Jo! I was struggling to resist that line when I was in your shop. It's perfect for your cushion!

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  10. Fantastic pillow! I love all details, fabric selection and the stitches!

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  11. Fantastic pillow! I love all the details, fabric selection and the stitches!

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  12. ohmygravy... that is amazingly beautiful! You really knocked that outta the park!

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  13. It looks gorgeous, love how you got the heads in there

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  14. Absolutely love it! I wish I had purchased some coordinates like you did, so may have to check out some LQS :)

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  15. Crazy awesome! Looks like a watercolor! Fun how just quilting around the circles totally quilts everything!;) So much easier to keep track of what you are doing too!
    Yeah...I love that linen. I think that's the stuff I used for your piece in Hoop Up!;)

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  16. Gorgeous! Think I might have even been stroking it in the shop the other day!

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  17. It's a beautiful finish! I've got a EPP hexagon project going, and you've inspired me to branch out on the next one.

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  18. I'm trying to locate the templates and directions for making this pillow. I looked on your website and couldn't locate it. I have all the fabric and would love to start making it. Thank you for the help

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    1. Hello Bowbailey, I tried to reply to your comment but you are a no-reply commenter - aaarrgh!! Anyway if you come back here to check I would suggest you visit I'm a Ginger Monkey blog and go to her tutorial page - she has downloadable patterns for this cushion there.

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  19. Wow, that is so pretty. I love it! I already have most of these fabrics... great idea!

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  20. hi there...
    i have NEVER seen my fabric used in such a perfect fashion! thank you so much for making this insanely beautiful pillow out of my first collection of fabric. (i think you are a genius!)

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