Scrappy quilt cushion making – Happy Friday!

Scrappy quilt cushion feature close up

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!

Scrappy quilt cushion in progress

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…

Scrappy quilt heart ready to put on cushion

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…

My finished scrappy quilt cushion

Scrappy quilt cushion

Scrappy quilt cushion

Scrappy quilt cushionAlthough 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 🙂


17 thoughts on “Scrappy quilt cushion making – Happy Friday!

  1. Kat says:

    Helloooooo, just had to say you were an amazing student and did splendiferously! This technique is a great scrap buster as you have said and can be applied to anything. A mish mash of quilt as you go and applique with a hint of ‘tweaking’ got to love that word 😉 x

    • Crafternoon Treats says:

      Thanks Kat – we’ve been a bit preoccupied and so not able to come on Mondays but hope to see you soon xxx

    • Crafternoon Treats says:

      Hi Corine, thank you. I am not very good at sewing but was amazed to make this – the tuition was very good! xxx

  2. Coco-Jayne says:

    Those cushions look great. I’m glad you said it’s not too difficult to put a zip in because I’m about to make a cushion cover and in the past have always avoided zips but now might give it a go after all!

    • Crafternoon Treats says:

      We put in a nylon zip longer than the cushion width and just sewed over it and cut the excess off after sewing the back and front of the cushion together. It was easy peasy xxx

    • Crafternoon Treats says:

      Thank you! I loved making the cushion and learned loads of new techniques – would definitely try this again xxx

  3. Ali says:

    Your heart cushions look really pretty. I like the fancy stitching you’ve used on the heart, it really adds to the design.
    Ali xx

    • Crafternoon Treats says:

      Thank you Ali – the sewing machines were fabulous – gave me an attack of the wanties, bigtime 🙂

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