Friday, 7 February 2014

Botch Handle Cushion



This week a friend had a special birthday (a number I am heading for in just a few years too!) so I made her this cushion out of gorgeous Dashwood fabric. I just love those foxes.


This is the Botch Handle block for my Modern Sampler Quilt which I finally finished a few weeks back. I am teaching this class again at the moment and as this is quite a challenging block I really had to make one along with the class, but I made it with this cushion (and the recipient) in mind.


I even used a zip and made piping! Shame I couldn't get that toadstool fabric up the right way though!
And some pretty hand quilting finished it off. I just can't make a cushion without some perle cotton hand quilting.


This is the second time I have taught this class. The first time I made a block along with each class, which means I have enough blocks for a whole new quilt!
Here is Botch Handle number too, featuring some Essex yarn-dyed in black.


Here is the needle-turn applique block, but this time with added yo-yos. 


Here are the 'pluses' or 'chunky crosses'. What does everyone else call this block?


A couple of fans and a couple of baskets. I had just finished my 'Polka Around the World' quilt when I made these so I used up some scraps for the baskets.


More polka dots (I was on a roll!) for this Pineapple Log Cabin. The quilt also contains some Japanese + and x blocks, but these are going in to my Together Circle quilt (very soon!). And a 'Dresden Village' but I showed you that block already here.


So as you can see, I already have another quilt to finish here. Therefore I am trying to avoid building up a whole new set of blocks with this current class by turning them into cushions and such like.
Or maybe I should wait, teach this class another 6 times, and then have enough blocks for 8 different types of quilt!

11 comments:

  1. I am a real cushion fan as you can try sonething out without committing to a making a quilt. You will have cushions for all your friends by the time that your course is finished. They all will be beautiful. Di x

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  2. Gosh I love your cushion and the blocks you are showing here but as I have a thing for dots and pineapple your pineapple block is my winner!

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  3. They're all gorgeous blocks and will make wonderful cushions!

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  4. Wow, block central there! I'm sure you need more cushions at home ;o)

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  5. I love cushions and a girl can never have too many. You could always make the extra blocks up into cushion covers then put them away in a present drawer for Christmas and birthdays, that way you are ahead on Christmas and never caught without a birthday present, or a get well present, or a just because present. I particularly like the needle turn block with suffolk puffs.

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  6. Some real beauties there! That's an awful lot of cushions or are you going to give them away as pressies?

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  7. What a gorgeous present - I'm sure your friend will love it! And all the other blocks are just stunning!

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  8. Everything is lovely but my favourite is definitely the applique box, I'm all about the applique right now!

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  9. What a wonderful 'side effect' of running your classes, to have whole set of lovely blocks to play with. It's a win-win situation.
    Teresa x

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