Ages ago, I borrowed a copy of Jen Kingwell’s Quilt Lovely from my local library. I was checking the book out to see whether I wanted to buy a copy.
The clamshell cushion was the most tempting project because I had dreams of using it to tame my scraps, so I made the templates and started cutting out bits of fabric from my scrap box. Too soon, the due date of the book came around, and I returned it to the library.
From that point, I did not have the instructions.
Initially, I thought I could piece the clamshells by machine. Sewing curves does not frighten me, but the curves of these templates are a bit fiddly for machine piecing, so I recognised after one or two machine-piecing attempts, that I would have to make the cushion by hand.
For much of 2017, the pieces were cut out and pinned to a design board, but not much sewing was happening. Then, just before Christmas, I decided I was going to finish it, so I focused on hand sewing curves in any spare moment.
When I had sewn the number of clamshells I thought I needed, I realised that the panel was going to be rectangular instead of square. Without the pattern to guide me, I cut out a few more until it looked about right and kept sewing. It was still not big enough, so I cut and sewed a few more bits.
Finally, I had a square panel big enough for an 18-inch cushion. Hurrah!
Long ago, my plans had included hand quilting the cushion in perle cotton, but with so much going on in the fabrics, I changed my mind and opted for simple in-the-ditch machine quilting.
Some red pompom trim around the edges and a zipper on the back, and it was done.
Do I still want my own copy of the book? Yes! If I had more time, I would love to make more of the projects, especially the cushions.