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.