I had quite a few happy moments this week, including a whole stack of them on Wednesday evening when I went to a workshop at a local sewing shop – the Wonky Stitch in Selby. Fabulous name!
The evening workshop, just a few days before Feb 14th, had a Valentine’s Day theme. We were making scrappy quilt cushions with a heart motif.
The first photograph shows a close up of my finished cushion, which was made with scraps of gorgeous fabrics supplied by our teacher Kat, who runs The Wonky Stitch.
The scrappy quilt technique
I’d never done this before and it was a bit tricky. We started with a heart motif made from sew-on interfacing and we covered this with scraps of fabric, covering it completely and making up our own pattern and colour scheme. The cotton for the body of the cushion was red and with the marvellous tool of hindsight, I think I would have chosen some different fabrics so that the heart stood out more.
All of our work was done on super-duper Janome sewing machines that Kat supplies, so we were very spoilt!
Once the heart was covered we went over all the joins with fancy stitching. Then the heart was sewn onto the cushion body, which had a piece of thick interfacing underneath. I did more fancy stitching on mine, using a freeform approach…
The fancy stitching was then put all the way round and we made up the rest of the cushion, including putting in a concealed zip. I’ve never made a cushion cover with a zip before and I was impressed at how easy it was!
Some Happy Friday ta-Dah! moments
My cushion is first, then the three other lovely cushions made by my classmates…
Although we all followed the same class instructions, used the same tub of fabric – admittedly a very big one – and the same fabric for the cushion body, its amazing how different they all turned out.
Why not pop over to Penny’s blog at Planet Penny and see what she has been up to and check out the other blogs taking part in the Happy Friday Linky party 🙂