Monday 9 April 2012

Hello yelllow

Yellow and grey log cabin cushion

Challenge 7 for Iron Craft is "freshen up" - an opportunity to spruce up your home after a dull, grey winter (or, ahead of it, for those of us south of the equator). It also gives me a chance to freshen up my participation, after squibbing the peeps challenge.

Front verandah with new cushions

Somehow, the cushions always end up on the seat with a cat on them

This one, however, plays right into something I'd been planning to do for a while - refresh the cushions on the chairs on the front verandah. Up until now, they've been old sofa cushions in a heavy dark green brocade. So, when we repainted the front door yellow(!), I had a clue about where to go with the cushion covers.

yellow crosses pillow

Both cushions are based on patterns in Susan Beal's Modern Log Cabin Quilting.

I love smallish projects like cushions for trying out different things.

One experiment was to use buttons rather than quilting to tie the layers together:

central motif on the yellow cushion

These gorgeous yellow flower shaped ones are from Tessuti at Chatswood (although I don't think you can get buttons online, but hey, check out the fabrics).

Another was to fussy cut the centres for the stripey cushion:

I love the result, but geez, they don't call it fussy for nothing! I only had to do 16 for this cushion. I can't imagine having the patience to do enough for a full size quilt.


Fat quarter custom bundle from Fabricworm "Bumble"

Fabrics in the bundle: 
October Afternoon Cotton Solid Cream
Jay-Cyn Dottie Color Sun
Jay-Cyn Birdie Spokes Sun
October Afternoon Floral Yellow
American Jane Geometric Tonal Yellow
Robert Kaufman Solid Corn Yellow
Michael Miller Ring Dot Black
Robert Kaufman Solid Pepper
American Jane Geometric Tonal Black
Alexander Henry Love City Smoke
Rashida Coleman-Hale Extras Charcoal
Michael Miller Woodcuts Charcoal
Robert Kaufman Solid Coal

I didn't use all the fabrics, so I have a few fat quarters left over.

The yellow cotton, used on the back of the zigzag cushion and the front of the crosses one, came from Lincraft (can't find it to link to it directly - their online shop is dire). Initially, I bought it to be cushion back for both, but then I decided what I wanted on the front of the second cushion, I needed some yellow yardage.You can't see it in the pics, but I used some leftover backing fabric from this quilt for the back of the yellow crosses cushion.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh they are lovely! We just painted our doors yellow too.