Friday, 9 January 2015

Fresh Flowers Cushion


I finally have a finish to share, although this was actually completed last year I'm only getting round to blogging about it now.

I was inspired by Jen Kingwell Designs and Collette's Full Bloom Wall Hanging, and after a quick flick through Alison Glass Applique: The Essential Guide to Modern Applique (which gave me yet more inspiration), I decided to make this cushion. It's a combination of everything I love; simple patchwork, English paper piecing, appliqué and hand quilting.


I used some 30s repro fabrics, combined with a nice bit of Cracking Codes by Anna Maria Horner for the stems. The low volume patchwork background adds interest, I tried to pick out some greens for the bottom row and threw in some bees and raindrops for fun!

The flowers were all English Paper Pieced using Paper Pieces. I usually cut my own but thought it wise to buy precut papers for the curves and then added some smaller shapes just because.


I used Aurifil 50wt in 2600 for all the piecing and appliqué because it blends so nicely. I did some hand quilting using white and dark green perle although the white kind of blends in a bit too much for my liking, next time I think I will be bolder and use a darker or brighter colour. It has a hidden zip back and I backed and bound it in the beautiful Teal NY Circuit, Gramercy by Leah Duncan.


I have already prepped some more EPP shapes because I want to make another (slightly different) version.

I will be teaching this 'Fresh Flower Cushion' at Patchfinders in Cheadle Hulme. I've updated my classes HEREif you'd like to book a place just arrived at work and found out this class is full but you can still check out my other classes!



Linking up:

at Quilt Matters this week
and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts

29 comments:

  1. I really like the teeny hexagon flowers. Beautiful work as always.

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  2. Great use of some lovely fabrics - result!

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  3. Fabulous little cushion! Your creativity is inspiring! I haven't done EPP in quite a while and it just might be time to pick it up again :-)

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  4. Lovely! I really like how the binding blends in so well with the stems of the flowers.

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  5. What a sweet pillow! Absolutely adore it!

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  6. Lucy, this is really lovely. I hope this pillow gets to live with you! : )

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  7. It's so lovely. Such a great small project.

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  8. It's very pretty Lucy. You've done a great job with the colours and fabric choices.

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  9. So pretty, no wonder loads of people signed up!

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  10. Such a fun cushion. I love the hexi flowers. Very nice finish.

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  11. oh this is just gorgeous Lucy. I really need to learn to love applique!

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  12. Lucy, your work is as beautiful as you are. beautiful job, love the little flowers and all the work you put in that little pillow, I hope you are inspired to continue in your work, because I love to see people smile even if there goofy ones. GOD bless.

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  13. What a neat idea! It looks great!

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  14. Lovely Lucy! This design makes for a very stylish cushion! That bee fabric is gorgeous!

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  15. Love, love, love, Lucy - everything about it!!! It just all works so well together - the bright flowers on the pale background, the stems matching the binding, the hand quilting. Pinning...

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  16. Great idea, I love to see new things to do with hexagons. x

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  17. Super duper finish! It's really beautiful - the EPP flowers are an absolute hit!

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  18. Love it! No wonder the class is full. Great fabric choices, Lucy!

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  19. It's gorgeous. So many lovely details. I can quite see why your class got signed up so quickly!

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  20. Beautiful as always! Love all the different elements and shapes!

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  21. This is a beautiful cushion. Happy New Year :)

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  22. What a pretty cushion! No wonder the class is already full:)

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  23. I love this Lucy. So pretty

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