It seems like every few years I have to relearn how to hand quilt. I take a class, make a cushion, then take a break and forget. At the moment, I am hand quilting yet another cushion, my third (the second is here), trying to improve my stitches so that when I get back to hand quilting my Dear Jane quilt I have fewer skipped stitches on the back.
I think I am starting to properly understand the relaxing properties of hand quilting, but I am still slow. Ridiculously slow. I am also binge-watching Downton Abbey episodes in an attempt to catch up before the final season airs here later this month. (Seriously, the writers need to give poor Edith a break! She stopped behaving horribly about two seasons ago.)
A wholecloth cushion is a great way to practise hand quilting. The pain of quilting through bulky seams can be avoided, so it was a great starter project.
I really like the lace trim I added to the edge of the cushion, carefully hand sewn on as the finishing touch.
The two things I did wrong were to choose too thick wadding and underestimate the staying power of pencil markings. They washed off well on the exposed surfaces, but a little bit of pencil seems to be trapped between the fabric and the stitches. The lesson is learned – never use any marker that is not guaranteed to disappear. Oh well, give it a bit more time and the grime from the dog sleeping on it will hide that!
The cushion sits on our bed or on the armchair in our room, so at least it gets used.
I do not remember exactly when I made this cushion, but I have photos of it dated December 2009, so it must have been before then.
In this trip down memory lane, I am linking up with Jenn’s Throwback Thursday. When it is Friday here, it is still Thursday in Canada.