I had long been thinking about making these cushions for my stepdaughter and her VW-loving fiancé. This Christmas offered the perfect opportunity; in November they bought their first home, so the cushions are partly a Christmas present and partly a housewarming gift.
I used Tula Pink’s free coastal cruiser pattern. I have had this bookmarked since the day I first saw it, and I really just wanted any excuse to make it.
I did a few things differently from the pattern:
- I turned under the appliqué pieces and machine sewed them in place instead of just gluing the raw-edge pieces down with fusible webbing.
- I stopped my quilting lines on either side of the van, instead of quilting across the whole design.
- I altered the back slightly to move the opening and add buttons.
- I free-motion quilted the VW logo. (Just do not look too closely!)
I chose the colours to try to match their brown sofa and the blues and browns of cushions they already have. We live far away, and I was not able to check my colour matches, so I hope I have remembered correctly. Secretly, I wanted to make the vans in a burnt orange, the colour I most strongly associate with these vans, but I know that would have clashed with everything in their house.
I would have liked more contrast (light–dark) between the background, roof and window pieces, but I am happy with how they turned out overall.
I was not really thinking clearly when I bought the cushion inserts. I probably should have posted them across the country unstuffed, but I bought good-quality inserts and wanted to send them if the postage cost was not crazy. Luckily, Australia Post’s fees were very reasonable. (I used brute force to stuff them into Australia Post satchels.)
They live in a seaside town and like the beach and surfing. I often associate these VW vans with surfers and the beach, don’t you?