Measure the top width and 3/4 of the side of your unstitched cushion cover top as shown in the diagram below.
2. You will now have two rectangle pieces of fabric, measuring the top width of your unfinished cushion cover top x 3/4 height of the side of the unfinished cushion cover top. For this tutorial they will be referred to as back piece 1 and 2.
3. Take back piece 1 and fold one of the long edges to one and half inches and iron. Turn it in by a quarter inch (approximately) and sew in a straight line as shown in image 1 below:
4. Take back piece 2 and again fold one of the longer edge, about 3/4 inch and iron to flatten it. Then turn and sew in a straight line as shown in image 2 below:
5. Take the top side of the cushion cover and lay it on your worktable surface, front side up. Pin the back piece 1 to the top of the cushion cover.
6. It’s now ready to be sewn on the sewing machine as shown in the images 3 and 4 below. Sew on all three side making sure you secure the thread by doing back stitches at the start and finish.
7. Take back piece 2 and pin to your cushion cover as shown in the image 5 below. Sew on all three side making sure you secure the thread by doing back stitches at the start and finish.
7. Once you have sewn both the back pieces to the top side of the cushion cover neaten the edges by doing a zig zag stitch all around the cushion cover.
8. Then snip the corners carefully as shown in the image 5 below. This helps remove the bulk in the corners when you turn your cushion cover inside out.
9. Your cushion cover is ready!
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Thanks Cheryl for hosting this Linky Party. I must admit I don’t use much of my blog except as a place where I can store my creative thoughts and a resource for my quilty endevours. But when I look back I feel, I have not done so bad after all. There are lots of other quilt finishes I have had in 2017 but unfortunately cannot share just yet. But don’t despair you can join my No3quiltstudio facebook page to not miss out on those updates :). I am very proud of finally opening my Etsy and Cratsy Shops for PDF Patterns for my Quilts and Quilty products. My most loved pattern is the Windmill European Pillow Covers Pattern. To check out other Linky posts click on the Best of 2017 Linky button right at the top.
Posts with the most comments
Two posts which stand out with most comments is my Kites quilt post and my Log Cabin Quilt Along (starting February 2018). I had the opportunity to make a quilt from Christa Watson’s latest book and that was so much fun and for the first time I am hosting a free QAL which I am quite proud off. It’s more of a beginners QAL so nothing too taxing but a pleasant, no pressure quilt along.
Posts that provoked the best discussions
In late November (I think) I decided to undertake a survey on “What makes a winning quilt” by that I don’t mean a winning quilt in shows (and perhaps I should have clarified), I meant what makes it appealing to the people out there. If you are interested you can see the results here.
I am linking up with @quiltingjetgirl #2018Planning Party. I thought what a good idea, to take stock of my goals for 2017 and to set new ones for 2018.
2017 has been a big year for me personally and professionally. I don’t think I actually set out any concrete goals but had a wishlist of things that I wanted to achieve. My professional quilting interest truly took off in 2015, when I entered an online quilting competition with Husqvarna India and I won 4th prize with my “Joy of Flowers Quilt”, which I call my lucky charm to this date. So here goes:
That got me noticed and I landed a quilting gig with the Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine and the Australian Handmade Magazine – I have now got quite a few quilts and small projects published in 2016/2017.
I then found out that I can actually turn these into digital patterns and can sell online! Talk about serendipity, I stumbled across Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs- “Pattern Writing Blog Series“! and I was like Ok! can I actually do this? – Was/is a huge learning curve but I now have two digital patterns for sale on my Etsy Store and Craftsy Store.
On a personal level I have freed up my time more so I can build my pattern business – I feel blessed that I was able to achieve that.
I had a quilt commissioned for completion in 2017. It was quite a challenging project as I had designed the quilt based on the owner’s needs and also did a lot of Applique on a quilt for the first time – I completed and delivered the quilt 1 December 2017. Yay! Psst! wait there is more it will be published in a magazine – watch this space.
I took part in a blog hop with Christa Watson’s book promotion – I made the “Kite Quilt”. I also had the opportunity to test out some bag patterns with Home Maker’s Hustle and Moments Design which was a lot of fun. Learnt a lot about bag making.
Gosh sounds like a lot does’nt it? and this was just my quilting wish list. Not Everthing was sparkly and bright but that’s life always on a journey.
Focus on being a better quilt designer:
Play around more on EQ 8.
Taking a design course.
Play with colour/shapes.
Focus on more pattern writing:
Get at least 10 digital patterns up for sale on my shops.
Improve and focus on Modern quilt designs.
Get a pattern testing group set up.
Be better at Marketing my digital patterns:
Enroll in a course to understand online marketing.
Build my mailing list and publish interesting monthly newsletters.
I have been quilting since 2004. In the first learning stages I was quite happy to just grab a pattern and make from that. Then the designing bug hit me and I purchased the Electric Quilt Design software and have not looked back since. In all of this there was one thing bugging me and thought why not develop a survey and see what my esteemed quilting friends have to say.
So, thank you all for indulging me and responding to my survey. For those who had asked me to report back here is the link: Survey Monkey Results.
54% thought: If design is great you can getaway with any generic fabric.
0% thought: If you use the latest designer fabric, design does not matter.
46% thought: Neither, it’s all in the eye of the beholder.
I actually am loving this quilt. I have used completely random fabrics! The only thing I have paid attention to is balancing the use of prints and plains. Well what do you think? I think next charity quilt coming up is Quilt design 1. Please feel free to add more patches/blocks to make bigger quilts. Go on now make yours! and don’t forget to hashtag#easyscrappycharityquilt2018.
ps: I can’t wait to give this one away 🙂
I have always wanted to make a quilt for charity using the hoards of scraps left over from my quilts. What better time then now during the season of giving – Christmas!. Of course it ain’t gonna happen if its not going to be an easy quilt design right? So I thought why not design a couple of quilts using a simple 5″ x 5″ square.
The completed size of:
Quilt 1: 30″ x 60″ made up of 18 four patch blocks; and
Quilt 2: 30″ x 60″ made up of 8 nine patch blocks.
Quilt 1: Select 17 variety of colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
Select 8 dark value colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
Select 8 light value colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
Select 1 dark or light value colour of fabric from your scraps.
There are a number of ways to do your quilt binding. You can use the piping method or the facing method. In this post I will show you how to bind your quilt using the piping method.
Binding can be multi-coloured or mono-colour. The multi-coloured binding can be made by using the a variety of colours of fabrics where as mono-coloured binding can be made from just one colour of fabric, depending on what suits your quilt.
Preparing your quilt
Neaten your quilt edges (refer to images 1 and 2).
Measure your quilt around the edges to ensure you cut enough fabric for your binding (refer to image 3).
Using the measurements of the edge of your quilt, cut 2 inch strips from your fabric/s. Join the strips together and press the seams open. Then fold the strips in half and press with a warm iron (refer to images 4 and 5).
Referring to the images below start sewing your binding (referring to images 6 to 11):
Start from midway of one side of the quilt.
Ensuring that the raw edge of the strip is aligned with the quilt’s edge, start pinning the folded binding strip to the edge of your quilt.
Fold the start of the strip diagonally in a 45 degree angle and start sewing the binding to the quilt.
Once you reach the corner of the quilt, finish off the stitching to a 45 degree angle as show in the image below.
Then turn the fabric strip to a 90 degree angle and pin it to the quilt as shown in the next image below. Once you are happy with the alignment start sewing the binding the rest of the quilt edge. Continue till you come back to the starting point of the quilt.
Once again fold the edge in a 45 degree angle and finish off your stitching.
Turn over the binding and secure neatly with slip stitch.
I am currently working on a quilt “Season’s of Canberra”. The quilt has a sizeable portion of Applique work and this is a real challenge for me! the reason is that although I do love the look of Applique I really do not have the temperament to do lovely delicate Applique. However, with this pattern it was necessary to achieve the look I am going for, and as a quilt artist never say never to a challenge right!
In this post I am demonstrating an alternative way of preparing your shapes for Applique for a quilt:
Cut out your Applique shape from your fabric and non-iron interfacing as seen in image 1.
Sew it up placing the non-iron interfacing on the right side of the fabric and sew a quarter inch seam around the shape as seen on image 2.
Trim excess fabric around the shape and snip to ensure smooth curves. Snip the centre of the non-iron interfacing making sure that you snip just right. If you snip right to the end then you will not get the tightness in the seams when you turn over as seen in image 3.
Turn over and pull out the edges to retain the shape of your Applique as seen in image 4.
Iron your Applique shape as seen in image 5.
Your applique shape is ready to use as seen in image 6.
You can attach your shape to your quilt by hand or by machine.
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