A year ago, I picked up a length of bright blue pompom trim that a local guild member was destashing. The trim was the starting point for this bright and scrappy cushion, which I English paper pieced.
You too can make your own version of this cushion because I saved all the templates I drew and collected them into my first pattern!
I have had a couple of patterns published in magazines, but this is my first stand-alone pattern. I am not sure whether I am excited or frightened by its release!
The cushion has a hand-pieced and hand-quilted front with optional pompom trim. (Kate, one of my pattern testers, suggested I make the pompom trim optional. You can guess my puzzled reaction to that! Why would anyone not love pompoms?)
The cushion cover is finished on the sewing machine and fits a 40-centimetre or 16-inch cushion insert. Alternatively, you could ignore the cushion idea and turn it into a mini quilt, or you could include the 6-inch blocks in other projects.
It would be a great way to use up some of your scraps or play with your favourite fabric and colour combinations. I jumped out of my usual colour comfort zone and threw in purple, teal, orange and yellow with gleeful abandon.
I used the same bright colours when hand quilting it in perle cotton.
You can finished the back of your cushion in any way you like. I chose a zipper.
My first pattern has been a while in the making. I started talking to Lindsie, the graphic designer, more than a year ago, but we have both been busy. I have other ideas bubbling about in my head, so I hope that this will be the first of many. Wish me luck!
If you live in Perth, I will be teaching an evening class later this month at Calico & Ivy, and the pattern will be included in the class fees.
A link to Etsy, where the pattern can be downloaded, is in the sidebar, or go to my patterns page to find local quilt shops that stock it.
In my defence, I couldn’t have found any bobble trim to match the colours I used for my version of the cushion, and as I was making it for a sister whose preferences do not include trims of any kind, least of all bobbles (I know, I know, my family is strange), I made mine trim free. I’ll post my alternative version tomorrow 🙂
Congratulations on your first stand alone pattern release!!
so lovely & bright! and just look how you’ve done a perfect pattern match on the bag!!!
Lovely block, beautiful cushion (pompoms and all) and superb pattern matching. Congratulations.
How gorgeous. I’m in England so much too far away. Shall find you in Instagram. Lovely blog. Lynda xx
so cool! & the matching plaid on the back… you are so talented! thanks for sharing & happy new year! 🙂
Congratulations! This is so bright and cheery!
Congrats on pattern and teaching! Exciting! I like the touch of hand quilting 🙂
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Such bright pretty fabrics!! Congrats on your first pattern!
I love that a string of bobbles led you to creating a cushion for them, they’re the perfect addition. Congrats on the beaut cushion and the colours are lovely and bright.
Such a great pillow and all that matching on the back.
I love that it was the pom pom fringe that inspired the cushion! This is fun and beautifully made.
Congratulations on the pattern and on your teaching. I really like this. The pom poms do add a little something.☺
Congratulations on your first independent pattern release Carla! It’s a gorgeous cushion! I hope you sell plenty of patterns, and this is the start of even bigger things for you!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous cushion! Thanks so much for sharing!
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Congratulations on your first pattern release! Scrappy is so fun, great pillow!
Yay! That’s a milestone worthy of celebration! And the palette you picked for your version is full of personality. Well done!
I, on the other hand, have led a pompom-less existence. I’ve never installed pompom trim. I’ve never bought pompom trim. I’m quite certain my house is devoid of any and all pompoms. I guess I should remedy that …
Congratulations on the pattern release! The cushion is adorable. I love that it looks so cheery with scraps but can easily see it with a more selective color scheme. And teaching too! That’s awesome.
Fabulous. Congratulations on your pattern release.